In most British
companies, the individual
with ultimate day-to-day
control over the running of the business
. British corporate law
requires that for a company to be registered as a Limited Company
or a Public Limited Company
) there must be at least two
involved: a Company Secretary
and a Managing Director (MD
The Managing Director will normally be responsible for all aspects of
keeping the business going, with the exception of keeping
financial records (the Company Secretary's job). Ultimate power of
hiring and firing usually rests with the MD, and in a larger
organisation departmental heads will report to him or her. Much like a
CEO in companies organised along the American fashion, the MD is often
a person to be feared, although in younger more forward-looking
companies you could be lucky enough to find yourself working under an
approachable MD. For example I have just received the following email from
the MD here:
We have ordered a microwave for the office which should be with us today.
As HQ have prevented us from locating it in the kitchen area we are having
to place it within the office area. The implications of this is that the
delicate aroma of curries, while being inviting after 6 pints, may not
be welcomed by all at 10:00 in the morning.
The main use of the microwave is to provide people on out-of-hours shifts
a means to heat up food. It can also be used during lunch time but please
be respectful of others.
We are planning to locate it next to the office safe, please do not get
the two confused. I do not want the tape backups microwaved and your
dinner locked away for weeks....