UK charities triumph at ICSA Awards 2018

London, 28 November 2018 – Alison Chan of the Alexandra Rose Charity and Anna Machin of education charity Ark have been bestowed with awards at the ICSA Awards 2018. Alison, a trustee of the Alexandra Rose Charity, which gives families access to fruit and vegetables in their local communities, has won the coveted Governance Professional of the Year award. Anna triumphed in The One to Watch category, which recognises the rising stars of the governance profession.

The Awards, which are organised by ICSA: The Governance Institute, recognise those organisations, individuals and teams that are leading the way in good governance and also recognise those companies that are leading the way in corporate reporting. This year’s event, which was hosted by comedian Jo Caulfield, saw over 700 governance professionals gathered together at the Park Lane Hilton hotel in London last night to celebrate the achievements of their peers.

The NHS merger of University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust was named Governance Project of the Year and Miranda Craig of The Sage Group plc was crowned Company Secretary of the Year. Team of the Year was won by Quilter plc.

Simon Osborne, Chief Executive of ICSA, commented:

“Good governance benefits all organisations, regardless of size, by establishing a framework of processes and attitudes that adds value, helps to build reputation and ensures long-term continuity and success. The need for governance professionals who support and advise the boards of organisations in all industries and sectors continues to be as relevant as ever. I am delighted that our Awards are able to recognise those individuals and teams who are helping to ensure high standards in governance. Both Alison and Anna have demonstrated a commitment to good governance which has enabled them to make a substantial impact on their respective organisations. It is particularly gratifying that see that academy governance, which is a developing discipline, has talented governance professionals at work in a trust.”

Click here for a full list of award winners.

Photos attached with this release show:

Alison Chan, winner of Governance Professional of the Year with, left to right, Andrew Moore (Computershare Governance Services), Alison Chan (Alexandra Rose Charity), Jo Caulfield.

Anna Machin, winner of The One to Watch with, left to right, David Press (DMJ), Anna Machin, Jo Caulfield.

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  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. Website: 

  2. About the Awards
    Now in their 10th year, the awards celebrate the work and achievements of companies, teams and individuals across the governance profession. There are 18 awards categories – seven of which are chosen following an open nomination process. This year 89 entries were received for the open nomination categories. The overall quality of entries is extremely high and the process thorough and competitive.

    In 2016, we added several categories to reflect the increasing prominence of governance – Governance Professional of the Year, Governance Project of the Year and Service Provider of the Year. Entries are judged by our independent panel against our published criteria. We also added an award for Best Investor Engagement – as voted for by FTSE 350 company secretaries. This year we added a category for Best Gender Pay Gap Reporting of the Year.

    The reporting categories are longlisted by Glass Lewis against ICSA’s published criteria and then a shortlist is prepared by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association. The shortlisted entries are then passed to an independent panel of judges.

    More information about the ICSA Awards can be found at 

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