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describe the imageMark Wood

Age: 31
College Attended: University of Ulster

Degree: BA (Hons) Management July 2006
Masters: MSc Management and Corporate Governance / Grad ICSA July 2009
ICSA Qualified: March 2010
Year Joined Pearse Trust: September 2009
Current Role in Pearse Trust: Supervisor, Company Secretarial

After studying Management at undergraduate level, I choose to complete the Masters in Management and Corporate Governance / Grad ICSA at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown having being informed of the benefits of pursing a career as a Company Secretary. I developed an interest in this career path from my experience in completing business and law modules within my undergraduate degree. Upon completion of the Masters, I would be eligible to become a Graduate Member of the ICSA. Pearse Trust organised a presentation in the University, with a focus on recruiting graduates from the Management and Corporate Governance course.  After attending the presentation, I applied for the Graduate Programme with Pearse Trust.

I commenced my employment in Pearse Trust in September 2009 as a Graduate where I worked in the Company Secretarial department based in Ballsbridge, Dublin in my first year. I was assigned a ‘buddy’ who was an essential point of contact when developing my skills. I completed various Company Secretarial tasks such as assisting in the maintenance of the statutory compliance of Companies, updating statutory documents, and making corporate changes such as amending the Memorandum and Articles of the Company, share transfers and appointing Directors. Further to this, I also maintained internal schedules and assisted in the preparation and collating of accounting information for Companies. The work above was delegated to me from other members in my team, such as my buddy, supervisor and manager who all provided excellent assistance.

In May 2010, I was given responsibility for my own medium sized portfolio of Companies. This gave me increased responsibility as I was in sole charge of all annual compliance and Company Secretarial matters of the portfolio as opposed to assisting others with their individual portfolios. This also allowed me to communicate with Clients on a daily basis in order to meet their Company Secretarial requirements. This greater responsibility allowed me to improve my time management and delegation skills in conjunction with increasing my experience in more complex Company Secretarial matters such as Company Strike Offs.

In August 2010, I commenced the second part of my graduate programme. Whilst remaining part of the Company Secretarial team in Ballsbridge, I worked closely with my Assistant Manager and the Deputy Managing Director of Pearse Trust focusing on incorporation and annual compliance functions of New Zealand and Canadian structures along with Anti Money Laundering tasks and assisting with Company Secretarial matters regarding a portfolio of Irish Companies. I developed within this role and became more involved in a wider variety of areas such as liquidations, reviewing tax compliance matters in New Zealand and Canada, incorporating Companies in several jurisdictions and supervising and delegating work to other members of the team.

In January 2013, I transferred to our London office where I am building upon the knowledge gained in my previous roles and have developed a comprehensive understanding of UK compliance and company secretarial requirements. I have also been given additional responsibilities in this role including the administration of structures in a variety of other jurisdictions. 

Pearse Trust ensures that personal development is maintained throughout your career in the Company and places a large emphasises on the personal development of staff, investing resources into ensuring that employees obtain the best training possible.

Technical presentations are held and presented on a regular basis on various Company Secretarial matters which enables the team to keep updated on changes affecting the work that the department undertakes on a regular basis.

I feel that my personal development has increased greatly in Pearse Trust and I am pleased to have chosen Pearse Trust to develop my career, with my skills increasing and enhancing on a daily basis.  Employees within Pearse Trust are approachable and friendly, creating a supportive network in this challenging role.