Student Member Event

Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London, EC1N 8TS


Discover what it takes to become a Chartered Secretary or Governance Professional; learn that success is not just about passing exams but developing the essential soft skills that will help you to excel beyond your textbooks.

Why attend

Hear from a range of speakers including members of the UK Student Forum, gain fresh insights from a newly qualified Chartered Secretary, gather knowledge from a senior governance consultant and get the latest job finding tips from a leading company secretarial recruitment specialist.

Doors open at 6.00pm, with the event starting at 6.30pm. This will be followed by complimentary refreshments and networking. This unique event is free to attend, so book early to join many other ICSA student members eager to learn about starting out on their careers.


6.00pm Doors open, registration
6.30pm - 7.30pm Opening address by Simon Osborne FCIS, Chief Executive of ICSA and other presentations
7.30pm - 8.30pm Networking drinks
8.30pm Doors close


  • Amber Parker ACIS, Chair, UK Student Forum

Amber is a senior consultant at EY, working to support global multinationals with global subsidiary management and project-based transactions. Amber has a degree in Business Management from King’s College London and has recently qualified as a Chartered Secretary and become an Associate.

  • James Wickham, Vice-Chair, UK Student Forum

After graduating from Oxford Brookes University with a law degree, James joined Royal Mail Group as a Company Secretarial Assistant and undertook the CSQS exams. During his time at Royal Mail he worked across all areas of the secretariat, including involvement in both plc and subsidiary governance. James then moved to British American Tobacco where he works in the plc team, providing comprehensive secretarial support to the plc company.

  • Jessica Munday, Assistant Company Secretary, British American Tobacco

Jessica joined PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) in their Entity, Governance and Compliance team after achieving a first class honours law degree at the University of Portsmouth. During Jessica’s time at PwC she undertook the CSQS exams and worked with both global and UK clients before joining the internal secretariat team where she was secretary to the Investment Committee and worked closely with the subsidiaries. Following qualification, Jessica moved to British American Tobacco as an Assistant Company Secretary in the subsidiaries team.

  • Nicola Carroll FCIS, Governance Consultant and former FTSE 100 Head of Secretariat

Nicola is a Chartered Secretary and Fellow of the ICSA with many years’ experience gained from the professions, private, small cap and large listed environment. Most recently, Nicola was Head of Secretariat at Centrica before moving to Royal Mail as Deputy Company Secretary. Nicola is currently working as a Governance Consultant at Rolls Royce. 

  • David Press, Managing Director, DMJ Recruitment

David is one of the founding directors of DMJ and has specialised in the recruitment of company secretaries since 1999. David is one of the most respected consultants in the company secretarial and In-House recruitment market and has placed company secretaries into many of the UK’s leading businesses including FTSE 500 groups, limited companies, professional practices and financial services. David is retained principally on senior hires and executive company secretarial search. 

  • Simon Osborne FCIS, Chief Executive of ICSA

Simon Osborne has been chief executive of ICSA: The Governance Institute, the professional body for governance, since October 2011. He has led a significant change programme at the organisation focused around three key pillars: representing and engaging with members, giving greater support to students and raising ICSA’s profile. Chartered secretaries are uniquely placed to influence board behaviours for good and Simon’s aim is to ensure that ICSA members are recognised as first class governance professionals who are brought into the decision-making processes at the highest level of their organisations.

Simon is a Fellow of ICSA, having qualified first as a solicitor. He worked in-house for nearly 30 years in the railway industry, latterly as company secretary and general counsel of the former Railtrack Group. Following the UK Government’s move against Railtrack Group’s major subsidiary by putting it into railway administration, he joined a small team which recovered value for 250,000 shareholders. That role gave him a strong interest in the importance of better governance and, following several years as a consultant undertaking board evaluations for ICSA Board Evaluation and lecturing, he joined the organisation as its chief executive.

Outside ICSA, Simon chairs the Bylaws & Procedures Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network and is a NED with an award winning media firm, Crown Brands Communications Limited, and its parent MNN Holdings Limited. He is a vice-president of a charity, the Railway Benefit Fund (Charles Dickens was a founder member), having previously served there as a board member and deputy chair.


Location: Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London, EC1N 8TS



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