I’m a charity lawyer because, having volunteered to become a trustee of a charity whose charitable purposes I cared about very much, I simply fell in love with charities in general! Since then, my career has developed through hard work, taking opportunities and identifying excellent sources for professional development. I’ve also been fortunate in the enthusiastic and warm responses from my charity clients, the support of good friends and colleagues – and some good luck.

The ICSA has certainly given me some good professional opportunities and been a great source of support for my professional and personal development.

Initially, this was through attending, then chairing, short early evening networking and briefing events for charity secretaries. Since then, I have served on a number of ICSA Working Parties, developing good practice guides for charities and responding to consultations on proposed legal and regulatory changes that impact on charities. I’ve also become a regular contributor to ICSA events and publications, such as Governance + Compliance Magazine, and author of some charity titles for ICSA Publishing (How to Run a Charity and Charity Checklists).

ICSA affiliate membership is a brilliant development, enabling a wider cross section of people to become part of the ICSA family. I’m very proud to be an affiliate. My current top tips for anyone serving the charity sector, whether as a professional or a volunteer, are: Remember that charities depend on volunteers and public goodwill; and let the world know the positive difference your charities are making – tell your good news stories and tell them well!


Cecile  Gillard 



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