The precise role which the governance lead occupies will depend to a large degree on the individual organisation, the complexity of its business and governance structure and the resources it can dedicate to this function.

The governance lead of a sports organisation may be a dedicated position within the organisation, paid or unpaid and it may be a role that is combined with other duties. For organisations of a certain size, with sufficient resources and appropriate legal status (registered charity, incorporated company), the role is likely to not be combined with other duties and may be a formal company secretary position. However, this role is evolving across sectors. Sports organisations are not excepted from this and may find the role of secretary needs to be broad and comprehensive, yet with sufficient flexibility to match available skill sets and capacity.

The position of company secretary

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