The United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland & Associated Territories

ICSA: The Governance Institute is the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories (UKRIAT) division of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). Based in London, we serve members across the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and those parts of the world not represented by a local ICSA division. Our principal centres of membership outside the UK, Ireland and Crown Dependencies are in the Caribbean, central and eastern Africa and Mauritius.

Our core operation is to qualify and support chartered secretaries and as such we uphold the quality and standard of the chartered secretarial qualification and provide the required training and career support to all our members.

However, recently we have diversified our portfolio to include smaller, sector-specific qualifications for those who do not want or need the full professional qualification. This portfolio currently includes governance qualifications for the National Health Service, charities and the sports sector. This is in addition to our market leading qualifications in international finance, specifically pertinent to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and other territories globally.

Our organisation offers a comprehensive programme of training courses, seminars and member events as well as a series of annual conferences in various jurisdictions, and in particular our flagship two-day conference in London.

Our Policy team advises government departments and regulators and we regularly publish technical guidance and research reports.

Mr John Heaton FCIS

John Heaton FCIS

Divisional President

Sara Drake


ICSA: The Governance Institute
Saffron House
6-10 Kirby Street

Tel: +44 (0)20 7580 4741