The Chartered Governance Institute - South West

South West of England

Get to know the South West branch committee


Meet the team

The Chartered Governance Institute maintains a presence in the South West of England through its local branch committee. The local branch strives to enhance the presence of the Institute within Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, South Wales, and Gloucestershire, to support members and students throughout their careers and study programmes, as qualified or aspiring governance professionals. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact us.

Meet your branch committee 


Mark Craig FCG, Branch Co-Chair

Mark Craig FCG, Branch Co-Chair

Mark is a career Chartered Secretary, initially working in Scotland in company secretary governance roles for Scottish Power plc and RBS. Mark then moved to Bristol to join the registrar and transfer agent, Computershare, and was Head of Product Development and then Senior Auditor.

Mark has a BSc Honours from Herriot Watt University and is a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.


Maria Willis, Branch Co-Chair

Maria Willis, Branch Co-Chair

Maria is a Chartered Secretary working in Financial Services. Maria worked in company secretary roles for a property company and an international engineering consultancy before joining Nationwide Building Society where she has held roles in the Secretariat and Regulatory Relations divisions. She currently works in the field of governance, risk and compliance, directly supporting the Chief Risk Officer.

Maria has a BA Hons from Stirling University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.


Yvonne Fisher, Co-Secretary

Yvonne Fisher, Co-Secretary

Yvonne has worked at Nationwide Building Society for 5 years and previously held a number of roles with financial services institutions in the City of London. She now lives in Wiltshire but is originally from Essex.


Pauline Gillard, Co-Secretary

Pauline Gillard, Co-Secretary

A qualified solicitor and Affiliate member of ICSA, Pauline possesses substantial experience of Companies Act compliance and company secretarial work for trading, charitable, and not for profit organisations. Having worked as a professional support solicitor for a number of years she enjoys legal research, writing information sheets and briefing papers. She also has experience of a range of corporate transactions.


Joe McManus, Student Champion

Joe McManus, Student Champion

Joe is an Assistant Company Secretary at Nationwide Building Society and supports the Board Audit Committee, as well as overseeing the subsidiary governance of the Society and organising the Society AGM. He joined Nationwide in April 2019 after spending three years working in professional services as a Corporate Secretarial Consultant with a particular focus on Financial Services clients.


Dawn Williams ACG, Student Champion

Dawn Williams ACG, Student Champion

Dawn is one of the Student Champions for the South West branch. She is a Chartered Secretary and her Company Secretarial experience has included working in Listed Companies, as an Assistant Company Secretary and more recently as a Company Secretary in private companies.

Dawn is also a non-practising Solicitor.


Committee Members

  • Ann Blundell FCG – Committee Member
  • April James – Committee Member
  • Simon Matthews – Committee Member
  • Laura Sansum – Committee Member
  • Mark Stratton – Committee Member

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

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