ICSA Chief Executive to retire in 2019

London, 3 September 2018 – Simon Osborne, the Chief Executive of ICSA: The Governance Institute, a division of the global governance body the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, is to retire in mid-2019.

John Heaton, the President commented:

‘Since becoming Chief Executive seven years ago, Simon has led a significant change programme, focusing on three key pillars: representing and engaging with members, including reviving the branch network; extending the range of ICSA’s qualifications and training across many sectors; and raising its profile to reflect the increasing global importance of good governance.

‘ICSA: The Governance Institute is in a substantially stronger position now than it was. The recruitment process is underway and whoever succeeds Simon has a solid base on which to build. We are grateful for the tremendous job he has done to modernise our professional body, enhance its reputation and build a good management and support team. I don’t believe that our reputation with government, regulators and the key influencers with whom we interact has ever been higher.’

Simon Osborne said:

‘I have been Chief Executive of ICSA: The Governance Institute since October 2011, following a legal career in the railway industry and then working as a consultant helping to grow ICSA’s board evaluation practice. This role has been an unexpected and thoroughly enjoyable career change for me, but I feel that the time has come for someone new to take the organisation forward.

‘My tenure has seen this part of the global Institute become a division in its own right, with a strapline that emphasises the important work that we and our members do in the field of governance. I also oversaw the sale last year of our two former software businesses and the acquisition this year of ProShare, which will help to ensure the financial security of the division going forward. There is considerable crossover in the respective audiences and stakeholders of ICSA and ProShare; both businesses can strengthen their influence in the governance debate at this pivotal time for corporate governance in the UK.

‘I have much enjoyed the challenge of improving our outreach and support for our many branches in the UK and Crown Dependencies, Ireland and our Associated Territories; as well as helping to raise the profile of ICSA generally and in the media. Our strong programme of regional conferences, the new two-day conference format in London and our Annual Awards have established us as a leading player in the governance space, with numbers of attendees and exhibitors increasing year on year. We also have the new ICSA qualifying programme which we launched earlier this year as well as a strong portfolio of standalone qualifications to be proud of.

‘None of this would have been possible though without the dedicated team of people that I have had the pleasure of working with at ICSA; the support of our Honorary Officers and committee members; and the volunteers who serve so selflessly to sustain our reinvigorated branch network.’

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Notes to Editors:

  1. ICSA: The Governance Institute is the professional body for governance. We have members in all sectors and are required by our Royal Charter to lead ‘effective governance and efficient administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’. With over 125 years’ experience, we work with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards of governance and provide qualifications, training and guidance. Website: www.icsa.org.uk 
  2. Simon Osborne is Chief Executive of ICSA: The Governance Institute and Joint Head of ICSA Board Evaluation. Based in London, he is responsible for the management of ICSA in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories. Mr Osborne is a Fellow of ICSA and has over 40 years’ industry experience.

    Simon joined ICSA in 2003 as Joint Head of ICSA Board Evaluation. In 2005, he became Chairman of the ICSA Company Secretaries’ Forum. He was appointed Chief Executive in 2011.

    Before ICSA, Simon worked at Railtrack Group PLC for 10 years, initially as Group Secretary and General Counsel and later as the Group Legal Director. Prior to this, he worked at the British Railways Board, latterly as Head of the Legal Department.

    Simon is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and chairs its Bylaws and Procedures Committee. He is a non-executive director of Crown Business Communications Ltd and of MNN Holdings Ltd. He is also a vice-president and former deputy chairman of the Railway Benefit Fund.

    Simon qualified first as a solicitor in 1973.

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