Over the past year, I am grateful that ICSA members across the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and in our Associated Territories, have given me the opportunity to participate in so many inspiring events. Without fail, I am struck by the enthusiasm and commitment of our members and, in particular, the volunteers who put a great deal of effort into connecting people across their professional communities, wherever they might be in the world. Thank you very much to you all.
This year’s adoption of The Governance Institute positioning helped us to celebrate both our heritage and to stake our claim on the future. We have been active in the development and spread of good practice in minute taking, the launch of a new governance qualification for the charity sector, and have participated fully in the UK Government’s great governance debate – work we look forward to continuing in the year to come.
We have also reached out to many new graduates over 2016 to promote the governance profession and the opportunities that becoming a chartered secretary creates. We have worked with our recruitment partners to create Insight days to give aspiring students a taste of life in a real secretariat, and are updating our services to students to give everyone the best possible platform for success.
One of my aims as President is to raise our profile. Our members and students are our best ambassadors, and in this task each and every one of us can play a part. I would urge you to think about how you might do something for, or with, your Institute next year.
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Whatever you do, I am sure that you will find getting more involved with ICSA: The Governance Institute in 2017 stimulating and rewarding. And if you have ideas and suggestions that you’d like to share with us, simply get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
With my best wishes to our members, students and friends for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
Frank Curtiss, FCIS FCMA