Gaining the ICSA qualification at the beginning of my career has stood me in good stead for a variety of roles including Assistant Company Secretary in a utility company, Corporate Services Director in a housing association and now as CEO of a major national charity.

In all of my roles, the underpinning understanding of governance issues has been a valuable foundation, and I use ICSA materials and training events to maintain and continue to develop knowledge. As a member, and then Chair, of the Education Committee, I have watched the qualification evolve to meet the changing needs of students and employers, and seen developments such as CPD help to keep all of us as chartered secretaries current in our knowledge.

Taking on non-executive roles, including the chairing of a small charity representing are providers, I have relied on ICSA practice notes and updates on many occasions. Most of all, my formal and informal links with ICSA have given me an excellent network of support and advice – I hope that I have occasionally been able to return the favour!

Jane Ashcroft

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