06 June 2016
Recognising the outstanding individuals and teams in the governance sector
Nominations are now open for the 2016 ICSA Awards. This is an opportunity for those who have performed outstandingly in a governance role to be professionally recognised by their peers, with corresponding recognition for the organisation in which they work. There are a variety of awards appropriate to people in all sectors and at all levels. This year we have made some changes to recognise the way the profession is evolving.
The premier award will be for Company Secretary of the Year, which is open to those in any senior company secretarial role in any sector. Previous winners have demonstrated a wide variety of skills and experience, but all have been exemplars in their field, leading by example and striving to add value to their organisation. The judges will be looking for a nominee who demonstrates these qualities to the highest degree.
For 2016, we have changed the Deputy Company Secretary award to Governance Professional of the Year. This will still be open to deputy secretaries, but also to anyone else in a governance role other than that of company secretary. We hope to receive deserving nominations from all sectors and at a variety of levels, recognising that many individuals are stepping up to the increasing needs of the modern business.
The award for Team of the Year is open to governance teams who demonstrate excellent collaboration. This is evidenced by the creative and effective management of more routine duties and tasks and the ability to meet the challenge of more exceptional projects and transactions. They may also have developed innovative solutions that contribute to emerging best practice.
The award for The One to Watch is open to those in a company secretarial or governance role in the early stages of their career. They will demonstrate high impact in managing tasks and activities and contribute to overall performance.
This award is for those whose recent achievements show high potential and have exceeded expectations of someone in their role. This is someone who is destined to be a top company secretary or governance professional.
In 2015, we introduced an award for Service Provider of the Year to recognise the increasing number of professionals in our industry who work on an out-sourced basis. We have revised the requirements for 2016.
The award is open to those individuals or companies providing company secretarial or governance services to other organisations. Self-nominations are acceptable in this category, but must be supported by testimonial(s) from the client(s) concerned.
Finally, in a new award for 2016, we will be recognising the Governance Project of the Year. The management of major projects has always been a significant part of the role of members of the company secretarial team − I have been struck in previous years by how frequently nominations for individual awards have focused on the delivery of a major project, be it a complex corporate action, management of an IT or organisational change, or implementation of new legislation or regulation.
This award is open to individuals or companies that have undertaken a major governance project in the year ending 31 August 2016. This should be a transformational project that is significant in terms of size or value-add for the company or the department, rather than a business as usual implementation.
The judges will be looking for people or teams who have gone significantly above and beyond their ‘day job’ − perhaps in achieving recognition or adding value to their organisation, or by influencing or shaping the wider profession.
The nomination is important and a well-written, considered entry is always helpful, but the key criterion is what the individual has done that exceeded the expectations of the job and how this has benefitted the organisation or our profession.
I look forward to seeing your nominations, and the very best of luck to you all.
The ICSA Awards 2016 are now open for nominations, visit the awards page for more details and to submit entries.