26 June 2017 by David Venus
We hope you consider these important initiatives, says David Venus
As I mentioned in my International President’s report in April, the International Council has developed two initiatives to enable your Institute to take full advantage of the worldwide focus on good governance. The Council has now resolved to seek approval from members in all nine divisions of ICSA on the initiatives, which will position the Institute to evolve, grow sustainably, and enhance its reputation and reach.
The first initiative is the introduction of an intermediate grade of membership that will not be chartered but will allow successful students to call themselves Affiliated Members. This will attract the many potential students who, for various reasons, do not wish to complete the full suite of chartered examinations but wish to benefit from membership of the professional body that will represent them best.
The second initiative is a new designation to be called chartered governance professional, which will sit alongside chartered secretary and will provide a home to a wide range of individuals who have a role in delivering good governance but do not necessarily act as company secretaries.
More and more people have governance responsibilities but this has not translated into an increasing number of professionals joining the Institute. Although the Institute is the leading qualifying organisation for company secretaries and for those who value the practice of good governance, the wider business world and not-for-profit community may not yet fully appreciate the relevance of our training and qualification to the governance challenges they face. These two initiatives are designed to address this.
A meeting of members will be held in London on 4 October to seek approval of the Affiliated Member proposal and the chartered governance professional proposal.
A formal notice of meeting will be distributed in early August. It will contain full details of the proposed changes to the Charter and byelaws. In the meantime, you can read more about the initiatives on the Institute’s website at icsaglobal.org
I urge you to read this information carefully and to engage further with your Division. The future is in your hands and your Council hopes you vote in favour of these important initiatives.