Maples employee Claire de Wet comes top of class at ICSA Northern Ireland Awards

Belfast, 7 February 2017 – ICSA: The Governance Institute recognised the achievements of some exceptional students at its Northern Ireland Annual Branch Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Friday 3 February, with star student Claire de Wet walking off with four out of five of the top prizes. An employee of Maples Fund Services, Claire was judged to be the best student of ICSA’s Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme, offered by Ulster University. She also took home top prizes for corporate governance and strategy and was jointly awarded the Newton Compton Memorial Cup by the local Northern Ireland Branch, in recognition of being the joint top student in Company Law and Company Secretaryship.

‘Corporate governance plays a vital role in keeping the economy, and the businesses that underpin it, in robust health. We are pleased to recognise the achievements of our students who are helping companies to implement the right processes and structures to achieve their objectives efficiently and effectively,’ says Mark McAllister, Chair of ICSA’s Northern Ireland Branch. ‘All of the students who received prizes should be extremely proud of their efforts and we thank Edel O’Neill, Ulster University Course Director; Frank Curtiss, President of the ICSA: The Governance Institute; and our local sponsors, Siobhan Taylor-Winter from Axiom; and Adrian Kelly from Ulster Bank for attending our annual branch dinner to present the prize winners with their awards.’

The full list of prize winners is as follows:

  • The Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators Prize for Best Performance in ‘Grad ICSA’ by an ICSA registered student: Claire De Wet, Maples
  • Axiom Prize for Best Student in Corporate Governance: Claire De Wet, Maples
  • Newton Compton Memorial Cup (ICSA Northern Ireland Branch Award): Claire De Wet, Maples and Elliott Bunting, BDO
  • Ulster Bank Prize for Best Student in Management: Brita Foley, Glanbia plc
  • Ulster Bank Prize for Best Student in Strategy: Claire De Wet, Maples.

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For further information, please contact:

Mark McAllister, ICSA Northern Ireland Branch Chair 


Maria Brookes, Media Relations Manager:  
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Notes to Editors:

  1. ICSA: The Governance Institute is the professional body for governance. We have members in all sectors and are required by our Royal Charter to lead ‘effective governance and efficient administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’. With over 125 years’ experience, we work with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards of governance and provide qualifications, training and guidance.

  2. ICSA’s Northern Ireland branch was established in 1934 and comprises members who work in the private, public and voluntary and community sectors. The branch promotes the highest standards in chartered secretaryship and represents and supports the profession. In furtherance of this objective, the Branch Committee organises a mixture of professional and social events which take place throughout the year. The branch has a close relationship with the University of Ulster. Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Management and Corporate Governance can become graduate members of ICSA and prizes are awarded to outstanding students at the branch’s annual dinner.
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