Company CoSecs workshop at Portsmouth University

In November 2016 Liveryman Zillah Stone and colleague Dominic Murray from Vesuvius plc presented the second WCCSA workshop for Masters students on the Portsmouth University LLM/Grad ICSA course. Students were led through the format and preparations for a corporate AGM, via a video clip, and were tasked to prepare an AGM project plan and timetable. Questions and debate were lively, with practicalities, and the need for teamwork, coming out strongly. Zillah and Dominic were kept hard at work, and their excellent preparations gave the students ‘hands-on’ experience of some core CoSec duties. I am very grateful to them for their time and zest in leading the workshop.

The Course tutor has written:

‘Once again I would like to thank you all on behalf of the School of Law. Students this year really engaged with the workshop and you managed to generate some palpable energy and enthusiasm.
I have received some very pleasing feedback from students over the last couple of days. All were very grateful for the experience and excited to meet “real” company secretaries! Some of them mentioned in class that the practical nature of the tasks you gave them brought to life the (sometimes rather dry) materials they study on their course. One student remarked that if asked again what they loved about Portsmouth, they would say the chance to attend events like this!
If you are willing, I would be delighted to repeat this event in the future. Please do stay in touch – there are many opportunities to remain involved with our aspiring company secretaries (both undergraduate and postgraduate), from one to one mentoring to School-wide careers events.’

Christina Parry, Chairman, Education Committee.

WCCSA is proud to be supporting Green Spring Academy in the inaugural Sheriffs’ London Challenge

The Sheriffs’ London Challenge is an exciting  new event for London schools.    Each school is sponsored and supported by a Livery Company from the Financial Services Group, and  WCCSA is pleased to report that Green Spring Academy Shoreditch is our nominated  contender.  WCCSA has been associated with the Green Spring Academy for some years, and  regularly provides pupil and school support activities.  For the Challenge, the school decides how it chooses to meet the challenge tasks, and  WCCSA will provide targeted  mentoring for pupils and staff.  The WCCSA Charitable Trust has pledged to cover any school incidental expenses.

Eight schools have been invited to participate in the inaugural Challenge.  Working in partnership with their sponsoring Livery Company, pupils from each school will deliver a  timed presentation in the first round, in front of their rivals and a panel of Livery judges.  Two schools will be chosen to go through to the final to debate their ideas.   The final, for the Sheriffs’ London Challenge Award, will be held in Court No 1 of the Old Bailey in late March 2017 in the presence of a panel of Her Majesty’s Judges, who will choose the Challenge winner.  The final will be followed by a reception, award ceremony and an opportunity to network in the Grand Hall, Old Bailey.
This should be a wonderful opportunity to encounter the best the Livery and City has to offer, in a structured and encouraging way. We send  good wishes to everyone taking part, in whatever capacity.