Jayne Meacham FCIS

Head of Specialist Corporate Governance

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Jayne Meacham

With more than 25 years company secretarial experience, there is little that Jayne doesn't know about helping listed companies comply with their regulatory obligations.

As a qualified Chartered Secretary and Fellow of the ICSA, Jayne delivers an all-round compliance and governance service, specialising in listed companies and the financial services sector.  As well as taking care of day-to-day issues such as supporting board and committee meetings, she also advises on the latest developments in corporate governance and company law, helping clients to keep pace with developments.

As Head of Specialist Corporate Governance, Jayne specialises in in delivering professional company secretarial solutions to Jordans listed company clients and those operating within strictly governed sectors, providing a service that's tailored to each client.  She leads a growing team of Chartered Secretaries and corporate governance experts helping to ensure client companies comply with the Companies Act, the Listing and Disclosure & Transparency Rules (DTRs), the UK Corporate Governance Code, the London Stock Exchange Admission and Disclosure Standards, the AIM Rules and shareholder engagement and investor guidelines.

Before joining Jordans Corporate Law in 2013, Jayne was Deputy Company Secretary for many years at St James's Place, the FTSE 100 wealth management group. Here she supported the company secretary in meeting and complying with all relevant legal and regulatory obligations for the listed company and its subsidiaries.

Earlier roles saw her developing her company secretarial experience at Lloyds Banking Group, Arcadia Housing Group and Zurich UK Life.

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