Celebrating governance

125 years

This year ICSA celebrates its 125th anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, we will be exploring the future of governance. In the sections below you will find exclusive interviews with prominent business figures on what the future might look like, as well as in depth commentary and discussion on the evolution of governance from ICSA. This year, we hope to generate fresh perspectives on governance – please do get in touch if you would like to share yours.


ICSA was founded back in 1891 as the Institute of Secretaries. In 1971 the name changed to the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators to better reflect the profession of its members. Today, ICSA has a worldwide presence, representing about 34,000 members and students in 80 countries.


Behind the scenes

Amanda Mellor talks about her unique perspective from both sides of the board table and the evolution of corporate governance. Read more

Empower the public

Gemma Godfrey, CEO of digital investment service Moo.la, discusses the changing culture within finance, leaving egos at the door and ingraining governance in all organisations. Read more

Governance is not a natural force

Sir Stuart Etherington discusses the progress made one year on from his ‘Regulating fundraising’ report, the essential role played by volunteers and rebuilding trust in the not-for-profit sector. Read more

Culture by design

Sir Win Bischoff speaks about culture within business, how a strong culture enabled him to lead Lloyds through the financial crisis, and explains how, by its very nature, culture is not something that is short term. Read more

Shout to be heard

David Venus talks about the fundamental principles of governance, the evolution of the role of the company secretary and why he would like to see more alternative ways of doing business. Read more

The future is bleak without governance

Lord Moynihan talks about the sport sector falling behind the times, the need for reform at top level and how governance is essential to the future of sport. Read more

A self-regulating world

Charles Handy, author, philosopher and management guru, shares his views on the future of society, business and governance. Read more

Beginning the journey

Dame Alison Carnwath, Chairman of Land Securities, talks about true boardroom diversity and rebuilding trust in business after the financial crisis. Read more

Against the tide

John McFarlane talks to Governance and Compliance about the misplaced value in bonus culture and why the board must be sceptical. Read more

Cutting through the noise

Tim Sheehy talks to Governance and Compliance about international governance and promoting the importance of the profession. Read more



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