The Student Forum is an advisory body which was launched in September 2017. The purpose of the Forum is to enable a formal and constructive relationship between the Institute and the student body in the UK, to provide feedback on the UK student experience, act as a sounding board to the learning team about how The Institute can enhance what it offers and to facilitate a student member network. 


The Student Forum consists of ten student members to best represent a wide cross-section of the student body including Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme and short course students, masters students, university graduates, people becoming a governance professional as their second or third career and those with a mix of age, background and gender. There are also four ex-officio members of the team.

Forum Members 
Nick Ivory (Chair)

Company Secretarial Assistant, National Grid

Yana Fowle (Vice Chair)

Trainee Company Secretary, Marks and Spencer

Rory Herbert

Company Secretarial Assistant, Go-Ahead Group plc

Bhavini Kundaiker

Assistant Company Secretary, AngloGold Ashanti

Charlotte Mepham

Senior Manager, Prism CoSec

Stuart Riddick

Graduate Analyst, Stewardship & ESG Investment, Aberdeen Standard Investments

William Parsons 

Company Secretarial Assistant, Softcat

Helena Meads 

Executive Committee Governance Support, Santander

James Taylor 

Company Secretarial Assistant, Rio Tinto

Amelia Quiney

Senior Associate, PwC

What the Forum has achieved so far:

  • December 2017 - The Forum provided feedback during the decision process to source a new London exam venue
  • July 2018 - The Forum was invited to join The Institute's branch chairs summit
  • July 2018 - The Forum is now holding student-focussed sessions at The Institute's Annual Conference
  • October 2018 – The Forum organised a student member networking event at The Institute's headquarters in London which was attended to full capacity
  • November 2018 – The Forum had an article published in the Governance and Compliance magazine
  • May 2019 – The Forum held its second student member networking event in London
  • December 2019 – Forum held its latest student member networking event in London focusing on Technology in Governance.
  • June 2020 - The Forum hosted a webinar on The boardroom: an introduction for emerging governance professionals


The Student Forum meets twice a year, shortly after each exam session. 

Upcoming events

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Get involved

The UK Student Forum gives student members the opportunity to get involved and strengthen the student voice.

We are currently looking for individuals who would liek to join the student forum. Please express your interest here

Please take advantage of this and attend one of our student events, meet your peers and develop your profile. You can also get in touch by contacting us at studentforum@cgi.org.uk.

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