Our vision is to be the centre of excellence for corporate governance, providing flexible corporate governance services for a variety of organisations.
Bridgehouse Company Secretaries was founded in 2006 by trained Lawyer and Chartered Secretary, Ibi Eso, who recognised that a variety of organisations cannot justify the expense – or do not want the commitment – of employing a full time Chartered Company Secretary, yet most do not have the professional skills in-house that are needed to meet their statutory legal obligations.
What we do:
Our knowledgeable and experienced team of qualified Lawyers and Chartered Secretaries work in partnership with you to provide valuable support to your senior management team whenever required. We take the time to understand your goals and build long-term relationships. Our Company Secretaries can not only file statutory returns, take minutes of board meetings and draw up policies, but giving you added value, will also draw on their extensive experience to advise your board on governance issues.
Using our unique Good Governance Wheel, we start by conducting a review of your existing governance arrangements to identify priorities and make pragmatic recommendations to establish an effective governance framework for your organisation that works within your budget. As our experience spans both the public and private sectors, we are able to share best practice and hit the ground running.
A fully qualified Company Secretary can cost anything from £60,000 to £120,000 depending on experience – a figure that is out of reach for many organisations. By choosing Bridgehouse Company Secretaries you will benefit from the service of a multi-skilled, highly experienced professional with proven success and pay only for the support you need, when you need it.
At the heart of everything we do are our five key values. We are committed to:
- Succeeding without compromise
- Acting with integrity and professionalism
- Innovating and perfecting governance solutions
- Adapting and being flexible
- Embracing each business wholeheartedly
It is these values that makes Bridgehouse Company Secretaries altogether different, reflecting how we operate and conduct business all day, every day.
We are dedicated to the following practices so that we can create greater value on a daily basis:
- Unlike other professional firms, you will know what it will cost you from the start.
- All of our qualified Company Secretaries are multi skilled with a minimum of five years’ experience.
- We are available anytime from Monday to Friday, five days a week for those vital last minute projects.
- Whether you contact us by text, email, fax or phone, we will always respond within 24 hours.
- We will work alongside you as a trusted partner, learning as much as we can about your organisation and sector to ensure our advice is practical and relevant.
- There is never any pressure on you to make an ongoing commitment – we are happy to work on a project by project basis.
- We are a reputable firm you can trust with excellent references.
- We will remain small enough to ensure a bespoke and personal service that is second to none.
We are proud that these practices are embedded in our business and impact every decision that Bridgehouse makes.
Meet Our Team
Ibi has had more than 20 years’ experience and is both a Lawyer and Chartered Secretary. Ibi is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Ibi’s previous positions include Company Secretary at Notting Hill Housing Group and Deputy Company Secretary at Capita Registrars.
Kate joined the Bridgehouse team as Head of Governance in 2017. Kate has 14 years’ experience in legal and company secretarial matters and is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Kate has extensive experience in a wide variety of organisations and market sectors, holding senior in-house positions in not for profits, charities, trade associations, retail, regulated financial services and a professional membership body (Royal Charter). Kate’s proven success and expertise provides strong governance leadership for the team.
Jo is an experienced Chartered Secretary who has worked on a number of Governance projects at Bridgehouse company secretaries. Jo is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Jo’s previous positions include Company Secretary at CityWest Homes Ltd and senior governance officer at the British Marine Federation. Jo specialises in all aspects of governance and in particular, the provision of comprehensive Governance reviews.
Vanessa plays an intrinsic role in the team and has over 15 years’ experience of managing leading public and private sector client relationships. Vanessa consistently works to high standards and provides vital strategic direction for the business. Vanessa always delivers solid support for our clients at Board and Committee meetings and assists the team in creating water tight governance frameworks. Vanessa’s drive and passion for success ensures that our client relationships remain smooth running and hassle free.
Jacqueline is a qualified Solicitor and spent several years in private practice, prior to changing her career path to work in the company secretarial field in 1998. Jacqueline spent 10 years living and working in Luxembourg working for a FTSE 100 company as a Company Secretary to subsidiary companies, in many different international jurisdictions, so has a wide and varied experience of the issues involved in administering foreign entities. Since her return to the UK four years ago she has since gained further experience of working for UK companies – listed, public, private and not for profit. Jacqueline has been a member of the Bridgehouse team since early 2017 and provides strong experience in corporate governance, company restructuring, joint ventures, project management, Board support and both company secretarial department set up and re-organisation.
Mel is an award winning Copywriter who has worked on several projects with Bridgehouse. She has assisted with the review of Board handbooks, a number of governance policies and Board reports. Mel always ensures our work is written properly and of a very high standard.
Irene has 7 years’ experience supporting directors and trustee in both the private and not for profit sectors. Irene is a graduate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and provides ongoing compliance, administration and secretarial support to our clients.
A professional Chartered Company Secretary, with a corporate and law bias and wealth of experience across a range of disciplines. Experience of international business and legal frameworks. A commercial background with multinationals and SMEs including the professional financial and legal services sector. A further educational background in law and foreign languages. Enjoys diversity of cultures. Qualified assessor and college tutor, Business Enterprise studies. Active committee member, London branch of CIPD, a registered charity. Career and HR mentor.Specialties: Board/Corporate governance, compliance, group structures/subsidiary management, start-ups/closures, tax related matters, employment, Human Resources, group employee benefits, insurance/pension schemes.
Poppy is an experienced legal professional, Poppy has over three years of legal experience working within the Real Estate and Finance sectors. As a Trainee, Poppy provides secretarial and administrative support for both the Bridgehouse company clients and team. She is training to become a qualified Chartered Company Secretary and is on route to gaining a qualification from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.