Company Secretaries: Working from home a year on
As we start to emerge from the impacts of COVID-19, the working world is likely to look different for us all.
So how are company secretaries and their boards adapting to new working patterns?
What difference has working from home had on Company Secretaries and their boards? Which changes are here to stay?
We spoke with Rob Lyons, Deputy Company Secretary of Marks & Spencer, to discuss how the last 12 months have affected him and the team at M&S.
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We also reached out to survey our Ahead network of governance professionals. To discover how things have changed for 100 of them over the last 12 months. Read our report ‘Company Secretaries: Working from home a year on’.
About the guest expert speaker
Deputy Company Secretary of Marks and Spencer Group plc
Rob has been the Deputy Company Secretary at Marks and Spencer Group plc since 2018. In addition, to core Co Sec work he is responsible for ‘end-to-end equity’ covering share schemes and corporate legal work including M&A. Following law school and via a brief stint in politics he worked for Counter Cultural Partners. His first listed role was at Ophir Energy plc were he worked for 5 years, leaving to join Marks and Spencer. While at Marks and Spencer he has developed the FTSEs first digital private shareholder Rights Issue offer supporting the 50% acquisition of Ocado Retail, and played a pivotal role in the creation and delivery of Marks and Spencer’s digital AGM that tripled private shareholder participation. In 2021 he was a recipient of the Governance Hot 100 – Future Leaders award.
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