Coronavirus update from the Institute


What COVID-19 might mean for your AGM

Coronavirus update 17 March 2020

We continue to follow the emerging guidance on the COVID-19 virus to play our part in safeguarding public health and minimising risk. All decisions about business operations and our events programme are being taken in line with government guidance and public health advice. We want to reassure you that we have robust and agile plans in place to support the well-being of our staff, our members and volunteers, and the wider communities that we serve.

We recognise that this is a tough time for people personally and professionally. Whilst our teams are now largely home-based, we are all still working and available to provide advice and support to our members. If you have any questions you want to raise or information that you think will be of wider benefit to our membership at this time, we would really like to hear from you. We also appreciate your understanding if some of our services, such as the delivery of Governance and Compliance magazine, books and study texts are delayed by circumstances beyond our control.

We are suspending our events programme to the end of May and looking at options to continue our professional development programme through online events and training in the coming weeks. If you have booked on an event or training course we will be in touch with you to confirm whether it has been postponed, cancelled or maybe delivered online. In addition, do check back here for updates on our schedule of virtual events and how we are adapting our training programme.  

We are reviewing the viability of holding the forthcoming exams and will update students on the position by the beginning of next week. The graduation and membership ceremony that was due to take place in May must regrettably be postponed. We hope to reschedule this very special occasion for our students and their families when it’s possible for everyone to participate and enjoy it. All our graduates should already have received their certificates, but if you have any questions about yours please email us directly

Thank you for your understanding and support

We will keep you updated as the situation continues to evolve. To get in touch with us please e-mail  or call +44 (0)207 580 4741.


What COVID-19 might mean for your AGM

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, The Chartered Governance Institute is producing a number of guidance documents and accompanying webinars to help guide you through these unprecedented times. If there is a topic that you would like us to cover, please email us with your suggestion.


This guidance looks at the legal, regulatory and good practice issues around AGMs in the current environment and suggests a number of practical measures that companies should consider.

Download the AGM Guidance              

Register for the AGM Webinar - 2nd April, 12:30pm - 1:15pm

Virtual Boards

This guidance looks at choosing the right technology and structure, techniques for effective chairing, and the necessity for good boardroom practices.

Download the Virtual Boards Guidance            

Register for the Virtual Boards Webinar - 7 April, 12:30pm - 1:15pm

Other Sources

What COVID-19 might mean for your AGM

Exam Update

What COVID-19 might mean for your AGM

Update 26 March 2020: June 2020 exam session

We are now in the process of moving the June 2020 exam entries to the November session.  While we are doing this, we need to temporarily suspend November exam bookings. Please bear with us while we are working on this and exam entry will be open again soon.

If you have a June entry, you don’t need to do anything. You will receive confirmation once your entry has been moved to November. Details will also follow shortly on what to do if you no longer require your exam entry.

 Make sure you regularly check our website and social media for exam updates. Please also see these updated FAQs.

Update 24 March 2020 : June examinations to be postponed

As you will be aware, the official advice on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in many countries is now to avoid gatherings of people or to restrict them entirely. Like all organisations, we are making difficult decisions to adapt to the situation.  

Having consulted with our international divisions and reviewed a range of potential options for continuing our June examinations, we have concluded that none can be implemented in a satisfactory manner to accommodate our students in the United Kingdom and overseas. For this reason the decision has been taken to postpone all our examinations in June 2020. We do not take this decision lightly, however in these exceptional times our primary aim must be to safeguard students’ safety and welfare.

We are currently still planning for our November examinations to go ahead as scheduled. If you have entered for the June 2020 exams then we will automatically transfer your entry to the November session and will e-mail you to confirm once this has taken place. Should you decide you do not wish to transfer to November, you can cancel your place and we will issue a refund. Please refer to our FAQs page for further information.

If you have not already entered, then our intention is to review our exams logistics strategy and increase capacity in our November session to accommodate more students. Further details will follow as soon as possible.

If you sit exams in November 2020, we intend to relax some of the restrictions on our exam process to introduce more flexibility for students who were registered to sit June exams. You will therefore be allowed to sit up to three examinations. In addition, we will also offer the option of sitting a combination of your remaining Part One and Part Two modules.

We aim to keep building up study support for the new syllabus during the next few months and will update you on new webinars and content. Please look out for further information from us on our website, social media and in your email inbox.

We wish all our students well and want to assure you we are still here to support you during these difficult times. Should you want to get in touch directly we would encourage you to do so by e-mailing

This message is brought to you by: 

Sara Drake
Chief Executive
The Chartered Governance Institute

David Kyle
Chair of Assessment Review Panel

Leslie Milliken
Chair of Qualifications Committee

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