Outstanding Achievement award

London, 15 November 2013
Local Herts man is rewarded for Outstanding Achievement at leading excellence in governance awards
Craig Hunter, a resident of St Albans, Hertfordshire, has been presented with an award for outstanding achievement by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). He received his award at ICSA’s fifth annual Excellence in Governance Awards on 13 November, a sell-out event in London hosted by Financial Times journalist Lucy Kellaway which saw individuals, teams and companies rewarded for outstanding achievement in the field of governance.

The Outstanding Achievement award is a special award presented by ICSA in recognition of a significant and long-lasting contribution to the profession of chartered secretary. Craig has a wealth of international experience in both commercial roles and in an elite multi-sport environment. Deputy Secretary of a FTSE 100 plc for seven years, he then moved into sports management, initially with British Swimming where he managed the GB team at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games. He then chaired the Commonwealth Games Advisory Group before acting as England Chef de Mission at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, leading the whole England team comprising over 560 team members across 17 sports. Craig managed participation in one of the most challenging ever environments in New Delhi under extreme political pressure and media scrutiny, and delivered England’s most successful overseas team results.

“Chartered secretaries continue to face demands of increasing scale and complexity. The role is a pivotal one and requires a range of skills and experience in complementary disciplines. Top chartered secretaries combine technical expertise in law, practice and governance with the interpersonal skills necessary to manage and influence a diverse range of stakeholders,” said ICSA Chief Executive Simon Osborne.

“Craig Hunter FCIS, winner of ICSA’s Outstanding Achievement award, is a shining example. He has established a successful award-winning business providing corporate compliance and governance services to businesses around the world, as well as being a member of the UK Sport Mission Control Panel, which oversees the preparation of all Olympic and Paralympic sports for future games. As GB Chef de Mission for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, he was responsible for Britain’s most successful British Paralympic team, which just goes to show that companyand chartered secretaries possess the necessary skill set to succeed at very high levels in all walks of life.”

Craig Hunter commented: “I am extremely proud and honoured to receive this prestigious award from the ICSA. I could not have achieved this without the support of the people I have worked with. The role of the Chartered Secretary is very diverse and the skills I have acquired in the corporate world have helped me enormously with my roles in sport and vice-versa.”

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Notes to Editors:

1.    Details about the ICSA Excellence in Governance Awards 2013, including the full list of winners, can be viewed here: www.icsa.org.uk/excellence-in-governance-awards

2.    The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) is the membership and qualifying body for professionals working in governance, risk and compliance, including company secretaries.  Our members work in all sectors and at every level of seniority. With over 100 years of experience, we champion high governance standards by providing qualifications, training, high-quality guidance and support (including technical resources, publications and software), and through our work with regulators and policy makers. Website: www.icsa.org.uk

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