The Chartered Governance Institute, the global governance body of which The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland is one of nine divisions, was founded in 1891 as the Institute of Secretaries to represent the interests of the emerging profession of corporation secretaries. The Institute was granted a Royal Charter in 1902 and its purpose of leading ‘effective and efficient governance and administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’ continues to guide our activities today.
The home of good governance for 130 years, the global Institute’s membership has broadened and evolved, with various name changes reflecting this evolution. Known locally as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (or ICSA for short) until 2019, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland name connects our division to the governance standards upheld by the global body and its members around the world and highlights the UK’s position as a global leader in governance practice.
We are proud of our heritage as a Chartered body and look to the future with an identity that reflects our continued relevance.