As 2023 draws to a close, it is a fitting time to reflect on what The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland has achieved for our members this year.
Around the world
One of CGIUKI’s standout achievements in 2023 has been our global outreach work. Establishing a stronger presence in key regions worldwide, the Institute has contributed to the advancement of governance standards internationally.
We held face-to-face conferences in England, Scotland, Ireland, Guernsey, Uganda and Mauritius this year, giving over 2,500 delegates the chance to come together to share their expertise and experiences, as well as to hear from leading speakers in the field. 2023 saw numerous branch events where members can network and build connections with their local governance community. In Mauritius, we were honoured that the Mauritian Minister of Financial Services and Good Governance attended our event where he discussed plans to continue build on Mauritius' growing reputation as a transparent place to do business.
Innovative training programmes
The Institute has continued to provide high-quality training programmes for governance professionals. Our members’ are working at the forefront of changes across sectors and, as such, we work hard to ensure that we are delivering training to equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to navigate the complexities of the modern business landscape.
This year, over 2,700 students sat our Qualifying Programme exams and we were thrilled to see many of these students succeed and move on to the next phase of their governance career. It is so inspiring to see the next generation of governance leaders coming into the profession.
Recognising the importance of embracing technological advancements, CGIUKI has continued our digital transformation journey this year with the launch of our new Learning Management System (LMS), alongside the digital version of Governance and Compliance. These changes build on the improvements that our new Customer Relationship Management system brought in last year. Our hope is that, through these new technologies, we will be able to offer and improved experience to all of our members internationally, whether that’s accessing learning content, finding relevant articles to read or managing your membership more easily online.
We've been actively engaged in responding government and regulator consultations over the year, not least providing extensive feedback on the proposed changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code. Many thanks to all of our members who have contributed to this work by sharing their views and comments. Representing the voice of the governance community is a vital part of the way support members and raise the profile of the profession.
Accredited Board Performance Review Launch
This year we introduced an accreditation service and training courses designed to establish the benchmark for board performance reviews. Our goal was to support effective and consistent standards for board performance reviews without being prescriptive about how they are conducted.
We have been thrilled that this work has received a great reception − the training courses are already fully booked. We hope that the guidance, alongside the accreditation of reviewers, will provide a useful resource for those considering a board performance review. We plan to launch guidance specifically tailored to the not-for-profit sector soon.
As we bid farewell to 2023, it feels appropriate to recognise the contributions of our members and the wider governance community to our work. Much of what we achieve would be impossible without their support so we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. We hope that many of you are looking forward to some down time over the festive period, and we look forward to working together to deliver continued benefit to our members throughout 2024 and beyond.