ICSA renamed The Chartered Governance Institute

London, 20 September 2019 – ICSA: The Governance Institute has today announced that it has changed its name to become The Chartered Governance Institute, a move which mirrors the change in name of the international professional body of which it is a division.

Clarifying the reason behind the name change, John Heaton, President explained:

“The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), as The Chartered Governance Institute was formerly known, changed its name by grant of a Supplemental Charter on 16 September. As members made clear to us during the extensive consultation process before they voted for the change at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting in September last year, the change of name reinforces the point that we are the only professional membership body able to award chartered status to company secretaries and other professionals working in the field of governance.

“The Institute has always moved with the times to reflect the work that it does, which is why it has undergone several name changes during its history. Having started life in 1891 as the Institute of Secretaries of Joint Stock Companies and Other Public Bodies, the Institute became the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in 1971. Subsequently, the role expanded beyond the corporate world as there became a need for governance professionals to provide advice and support to other sectors of the economy, hence the reason we adopted the name of ICSA: The Governance Institute.

“Now is the next stage in our 128 years’ history of educating and supporting governance professionals to become chartered secretaries and chartered governance professionals. Demand for good governance is increasing across all sectors of the economy and our Royal Charter purpose of leading ‘effective and efficient governance and administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’ continues to be as relevant today as it ever was.”

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For further information, please contact Maria Brookes, Media Relations Manager:

mbrookes@icsa.org.uk  
+44 (0)20 7612 7072
+44 (0)7890 649 143


Notes to Editors:

  1. The Chartered Governance Institute is the qualifying and membership body for governance with over 125 years’ experience of educating and supporting governance professionals. With a Royal Charter purpose of leading ‘effective and efficient governance and administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’, we provide professional development, guidance and thought leadership, and work with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards. Website: www.icsa.org.uk 

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