Award Categories


Governance Professional of the Year

This award is open to anyone in a governance or company secretarial role who isn’t a company secretary – for example, deputies and assistants would qualify. The judges are looking for people who have gone significantly above and beyond what’s expected in their role, and will be particularly interested in individuals who can demonstrate an impressive range of achievements during the year.

Your entry for this award should cover:

  • How the nominee has developed their role and contributed towards achieving both departmental and organisational objectives;
  • How the nominee has contributed to improving the governance of their organisation;
  • Additional responsibilities the nominee has taken on, and any high-profile projects that have had a materially positive impact;
  • How the nominee has demonstrated effective team and thought leadership, and excelled in dealing with legal and regulatory compliance;
  • How the nominee has added value to the organisation by developing and sustaining strong relationships internally and externally; and
  • Anything else relevant to why you feel the nominee deserves to win this award.

If you have any questions about the nomination or judging process please contact us.

How to nominate

You can nominate by using the online nomination form below. Alternatively, you can download the nomination form and upon completion upload by pressing "choose file" below, or email your completed form to

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Who are you nominating?

Why do you think the nominee should win this award?

  • You may want to include examples of additional responsibilities the nominee has taken on, as well as any high-profile projects that have had a materially positive impact.
  • You may want to provide detail on the nominee’s areas of responsibility, and any governance, risk or compliance processes that have been implemented or improved under their guidance.
  • You may want to provide specific examples where the nominee has provided outstanding support to senior staff and/or the board, as well as their positive influence on junior members of the team.
  • Consider how the nominee has demonstrated effective team and thought leadership in their role – for example, by leading the team through a challenging period or delivering results beyond the expectations of their role.
  • Show how the nominee has not only fulfilled their regulatory obligations but also used their skills and initiative to add value to the organisation.
  • You may want to tell us about the personal attributes of the candidate and how they are regarded within their organisation.
  • Has the candidate influenced and shaped the wider profession in any way?

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