About The Chartered Governance Institute

With over 125 years' experience, we work with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards of governance and provide qualifications, training and guidance.

What we do

The Chartered Governance Institute is the qualifying and membership body for governance professionals. We provide professional development, guidance and thought leadership for individuals and their employers, and work with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards of governance across all sectors.

Our history

The Institute was founded in 1891 to represent the interests of the emerging profession of corporation secretaries. Our Royal Charter was granted in 1902 and its purpose of leading ‘effective and efficient governance and administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’ continues to guide our activities today.

Our members

We have around 34,000 and students and members worldwide, of whom 14,000 are in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Crown Dependencies and associated territories, which include the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.

As we have grown, we have changed to reflect our broader membership and the evolving governance landscape in which they operate. We continue to represent the interests of company secretaries whose roles have expanded to navigate more complex board and compliance arrangements. We also embrace the needs of practitioners in other sectors, such as health, sport, education, and charities who regularly face new regulation that requires them to keep up to date in their field.

Our mission

Our mission is to champion good governance and develop the value, skills and effectiveness of company secretaries and governance professionals.

Our guiding values


We champion transparency and require that the Institute and its members are clear and open in their business and professional conduct


We work in the public interest and believe that being honest and having strong moral principles is at the heart of good governance. We act ethically and professionally and require that our members are also ethical, professional, impartial, independent and informed.


We take our role as the leading authority on governance matters very seriously and demand a high standard of professional competence from our employees and members throughout their working lives.

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