The Student Forum is an advisory body which was launched in September 2017. The purpose of the Forum is to enable a formal and constructive relationship between the The Institute and the student body in the UK, to provide feedback on the UK student experience, act as a sounding board to the learning team about how The Institute can enhance what it offers and to facilitate a student member network. 


The Student Forum consists of ten student members to best represent a wide cross-section of the student body including Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme and short course students, masters students, university graduates, people becoming a governance professional as their second or third career and those with a mix of age, background and gender. There are also four ex-officio members of the team.

Forum Members 
James Wickham (Chair)

Company Secretarial Assistant, British American Tobacco

Nick Ivory (Deputy Chair)

Company Secretarial Assistant, National Grid

I. Stephanie Boyce

Director, Stephanie Boyce Consulting Limited

Samira Chambas

Company Secretarial Assistant, Aviva

Rory Herbert

LLM Corporate Governance and Law/GradCG Master’s student, University of Portsmouth

Arun Hothi

Corporate Secretary, Deutsche Bank

Bhavini Kundaiker

Assistant Company Secretary, AngloGold Ashanti

Charlotte Mepham

Assistant Company Secretary, Balfour Beatty

Stuart Riddick

Senior Company Secretarial Assistant, Royal Horticultural Society

Amber Tighe

Company Secretarial Manager, World Remit

What the Forum has achieved so far:

  • December 2017 - The Forum provided feedback during the decision process to source a new London exam venue
  • July 2018 - The Forum was invited to join The Institute's branch chairs summit
  • July 2018 - The Forum is now holding student-focussed sessions at The Institute's Annual Conference
  • October 2018 – The Forum organised a student member networking event at The Institute's headquarters in London which was attended to full capacity
  • November 2018 – The Forum had an article published in the Governance and Compliance magazine
  • May 2019 – The Forum held its second student member networking event in London


The Student Forum meets twice a year, shortly after each exam session. 

Get involved

The UK Student Forum gives student members the opportunity to get involved and strengthen the student voice.

Please take advantage of this and attend one of our student events, meet your peers and develop your profile. You can also get in touch by contacting us at studentforum@icsa.org.uk.

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