If the alternate director is also a full director of the company, he will have two votes at board meetings, his own and his vote as an alternate. They may be cast in different ways. Alternate directors are permitted by the new model articles for public companies, but not by the new model articles for private companies.
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The chief operating officer (COO), also called the chief operations officer, is one of the highest-ranking executive positions in an organization, comprising part of the "C-Suite". The COO is responsible for the daily operation of the company, and routinely reports to the highest-ranking executive, usually the chief executive officer (CEO).
A non-executive director is a member of a company's board of directors who is not part of the executive team. A non-executive director typically does not engage in the day-to-day management of the organization, but is involved in policy making and planning exercises.
The board secretary may delegate this responsibility, perhaps to a paid staff member at the organization or to a volunteer, but the secretary is the one responsible if it doesn't get done. It makes sense, then, that anyone nominated for board secretary must be organized and good with details.