Northern Ireland

Find out more about the ICSA Northern Ireland Branch

About us


The Northern Ireland branch was established in 1934 and comprises members who work in the private, public and voluntary and community sectors. The branch promotes the highest standards in Chartered Secretaryship and represents and supports the profession. In furtherance of this objective, the Branch Committee organises a mixture of professional and social events which take place throughout the year.  An annual dinner is held in November; this well established event is extremely popular and is attended by distinguished guests from the professions, business and academia.  

The branch has a close relationship with the University of Ulster. Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Management and Corporate Governance can become graduate members of ICSA and prizes are awarded to outstanding students at the annual dinner.

The committee encourages all members to attend events and assures new members of a warm welcome.


Contact Northern Ireland

For membership and study enquiries please contact the student and membership team:


For branch support and event queries please contact the branch support team

Upcoming events

Special meeting on proposed Charter and byelaw changes

Date: Monday 4 June 2018
Venue: The Balsam Suite, Crowne Plaza Belfast, 117 Milltown Road, Shaws Bridge, Belfast, BT8 7XP
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm, with registration starting from 6.00pm
Cost: Free

ICSA members and students in London are invited to a special briefing meeting on the progress of current Institute reforms, and to participate in a consultation on a second proposal for Charter and byelaw changes to be presented at the global Institute’s AGM on 19 September 2018.

Simon Osborne FCIS, CEO of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories division, will update you on the introduction of the new qualifying programme syllabus, affiliated membership and the new designation of chartered governance professional. They will also seek your views on the International Council proposals to build on these innovations, including a new name for ICSA.

Though only members can vote in the AGM, all students are very welcome to take part.

We hope that you will be able to join us.

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Contact Northern Ireland

For membership and study enquiries please contact the student and membership team:


For branch support and event queries please contact the branch support team

Previous events

Corporate Governance update

Date: Wednesday 18 April 2018

Special guest speaker Daíthí McKay, former MLA and political commentator, provided an overview on the most recent developments in corporate governance and provide an insight into the workings of the public sector.

Daíthí has been involved in corporate governance for the last thirteen years. His expertise covers the wider workings of the Northern Assembly with particular reference to the workings of the standing committees given his role as Chairperson of the Finance and Personnel Committee from 2012-2016. He also introduced legislation on the carrier bag levy and rates relief for sports clubs.


The Criminal Finances Act (2017) – ramifications for governance professionals

Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018

The new law makes it easier for relevant bodies to be held to account for non-compliance without proof of criminal intent or the knowledge of senior managers. HR must be aware of these changes and take adequate steps to protect their organisations from potential liability. 

How is the offence committed? 

The offence requires: 

  • criminal evasion of tax by the taxpayer; and;
  • criminal facilitation of the tax evasion by an employee or other associated person acting on behalf of the relevant body. 

Christmas Lunch and General Meeting

Date: Monday 11 December 2017

The General Meeting was held to approve the adoption of the revised branch Constitution. To review the constitution, please click here. Please note, only members can vote at the general meeting.

We also hosted our annual Christmas Lunch at 12.45pm to welcome the festive season.

Special guest speaker Michael Dunlop, an NLP practitioner who runs his own coaching, consulting and leadership development business, joined us for the festivities.  He was winner of the Best Organisational Training Provider and Leadership Coach of the Year at the 2017 NI Enterprise Awards. His tag line is “Helping you make a difference and create the results you want in life.”


ICSA Northern Ireland Graduation Ceremony

Date: Thursday 23 November 2017

To commemorate the success of ICSA Northern Ireland's new graduates, ACIS and FCIS, ICSA Irish Region invited the branch to its Graduation and Membership Ceremony on Thursday 23 November 2017. 

We welcomed you and a guest to join us at this special event to celebrate your achievement. 


ICSA Northern Ireland Annual Dinner

Date: Thursday 16 November 2017

ICSA Northern Ireland branch  held their  Annual Dinner to celebrate 125 plus years of ICSA and the success of the branches members and students. 

This black tie dinner is the premier social event for governance professionals living and working in Northern Ireland and a great chance to network. 

We were joined by The UKRIAT Committee and David Venus, International President of ICSA, who provide an address. 

Andrew Mackinlay was the guest speaker on the evening.


ICSA Northern Ireland Annual General Meeting

Date: Monday 9 October 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the ICSA NI Branch was held in the Crowne Plaza, Shaws Bridge, Belfast, on Monday, 9th October 2017, at 6.45pm to transact the following business: -

  1. To receive the Annual Report and Accounts
  2. To elect Members to the Branch Council
  3. To appoint an Examiner
  4. To transact any other competent business

Special briefings on proposed Charter and byelaw changes

Date: Monday 18 September 2017

Simon Osborne FCIS, CEO of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories division, and John Heaton FCIS, President of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories division, outlined the strategic drivers for the proposed changes, and what they would mean for you. They will also answer any questions that you have and look forward to hearing your views on these issues.


Whistleblowing Update 

Date: Tuesday 30 May 2017 

Company secretary’s often act as the corporate conscience of an organisation and recognise that there must be vehicle for staff to lift the lid on malpractice.

It is vital for those with corporate governance responsibilities are well versed as the law, commonly referred to as ‘whistle-blowing’ changes. 

Hosted by Mark McAllister, Northern Ireland Labour Relations Agency, this CPD session will look at the future reform of the whistle-blowing law in Northern Ireland and the case law developments in Britain that may influence policy, practice and procedures in the future.


Corporate Governance Update 

Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017

Special guest speaker, Terence Coyne, will provided an overview on the developments in corporate governance within the public sector.

Terence has been involved in corporate governance in the Department of the Economy for the last 12 years. His expertise covers board terms of reference, risk management, assurance, audit committees, relations with subsidiary bodies and preparation of the governance statement and annual accounts.


Annual Dinner and Awards 2017

Date: Friday 3 February 2017

ICSA Northern Ireland Branch hosted the annual dinner and awards ceremony with guest speaker, former Labour Party MP, Andrew MacKinlay. 

ICSA Northern Ireland Branch Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony 2017


Annual Christmas Dinner

Date: Monday 12 December 2016

Attendees joined us for our annual branch Christmas Dinner, a chance to celebrate the year's achievements with colleagues.

Special guest speaker John Dallat, previously Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Deputy Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, joined us for the festivities. 


Cyber Security

Date: Monday 17 October 2016

Hosted at the University of Ulster, we discussed Cybersecurity - defined as the protection of systems, networks and data in cyberspace.

This critical issue is relevant to all businesses and individuals as we amalgamate our work processes with cyberspace. Together with our guest speaker, we explored how you can take measures to become safer online.


Board Effectiveness and Evaluation

Date: 29 September 2016

With an increasing emphasis on the importance of good governance, more boards of charities are dedicating time to examine how effective their boards actually are.

NICVA was delighted to host a training session which that was delivered by Louise Thomson, Head of Policy at ICSA, who explained what is involved with board evaluation.


ICSA Northern Ireland Dinner 

Take a look at the pictures from our Annual Dinner, in February. 

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Contact Northern Ireland

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In the Press 

Belfast, 7 February 2017 – ICSA: The Governance Institute recognised the achievements of some exceptional students at its Northern Ireland Annual Branch Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Friday 3 February, with star student Claire de Wet walking off with four out of five of the top prizes. Read the full article

Belfast, 3 February 2017 – The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston, met Frank Curtiss, the President of ICSA: The Governance Institute and Darren Leonard, ICSA’s Northern Ireland Branch Vice - Chairperson earlier today to discuss how governance is a key issue for both UK corporates and organisations in the public sector. Read the full article


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