This guide is for co-operatives registered under the Companies Act 2006.
The Companies Act 2006 dispensed with the requirement for private limited companies to appoint a secretary. However, the duties that would normally be carried out by the secretary still need to be actioned.
Therefore, it is best practice for a company to appoint a secretary or named person who will be responsible for carrying out these duties.
If a company’s governing document includes provision for a secretary, one must be appointed.
It is usual for the secretary to know more about the governing document, commonly referred to as the ‘articles’, than other members and to ensure that all relevant legislation is complied with.