SECAS Trust Secretary honoured for governance expertise at ICSA Awards 2019

London, 28 November 2019 – Peter Lee, Trust Secretary of the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded an accolade for good governance by The Chartered Governance Institute, organiser of the prestigious ICSA Awards 2019. Peter won the coveted Company Secretary of the Year award at a glittering awards celebration at the Park Lane Hilton in London last night, narrowly pipping Andrew Eames of St. Modwen Properties PLC, who was Highly Commended by the judges, to the award.

Speaking about the award, Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director at The Chartered Governance Institute said: “This award recognises company secretaries who demonstrate effective team and thought leadership, and who have mastered the complex legal and regulatory environments in which they work. Peter impressed the judges with the way in which he’d led his team through a challenging period, delivering results beyond the expectations of his role. He has played an added-value role in the governance of the South East Coast Ambulance Service, matching technical strength with commercial acumen. The judges were particularly impressed with the range of responsibilities and the strong relationships that Peter has developed with colleagues and the board.”

The annual awards, which recognise excellence in governance, also saw the following individuals and teams crowned winners:

Governance Professional of the Year: Wendy Stanger, East Coast College

  • Team of the Year: Provident Financial plc
  • Governance Project of the Year: HSBC – Global governance excellence
    (Premier League / EFL - Capability Code of Practice was Highly Commended)
  • Service Provider of the Year: Support Services for Education
    (DMJ Recruitment was Highly Commended)
  • The One to Watch: Christina Meikle, Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young LLP.

Peter concluded: “Good governance benefits all organisations, regardless of size, by establishing a framework of processes and attitudes that adds value and helps to build reputation. It is particularly important in an organisation like SECAS where the difference between good governance and bad governance can be a life or death matter. Being able to call upon the advice and expertise of governance professionals such as Peter is worth its weight in gold to any organisation.”

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  1. The Chartered Governance Institute is the qualifying and membership body for governance with over 125 years’ experience of educating and supporting governance professionals. With a Royal Charter purpose of leading ‘effective and efficient governance and administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’, we provide professional development, guidance and thought leadership, and work with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards. Website:
  2. More details about the ICSA Awards 2019 can be found at

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