Governance in action

Meet some of our members and find out how they started their careers in governance, where they are now, and what they learned along the way.

Owen Balmont ACG

Case study

Travel sector
Owen Balmont ACG Company Secretarial Assistant

Owen enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and getting involved in new and challenging projects. He began a career in environmental management before crossing over into governance, and for him, the ‘ESG’ area between these subjects is exciting and only becoming more important with time.Read more

Rory Herbert ACG

Case study

Transport sector
Rory Herbert ACG Company Secretarial Assistant

Having completed a Master’s degree in Corporate Governance and Law at the end of 2019, Rory is now training to be a qualified governance professional. Upon graduating, he gained some first-hand experience in corporate governance within the company secretariat division of a Hong Kong-listed conglomerate.Read more

Lauren Osman

Case study

Charity sector
Lauren Osman CG (Affiliated) Transformation & Compliance Manager at Avenues Group

Meet Lauren Osman, shortlisted nominee for our Company Secretary of the Year 2021 Awards, as she tells us what it's like to work as a Transformation & Compliance Manager at Avenues Group.Read more

Princess Ojiego GradCG

Case study

Housing association
Princess Ojiego GradCG Corporate Governance Trainee

Princess is an experienced paralegal who has completed an LLM in Corporate Governance and Law, acting as the course representative for the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union. During this time she worked as a Data Protection Paralegal for the London Borough of Lambeth.Read more

Joanne Munis

Case study

Energy Services
Joanne Munis ACG Company Secretary & Compliance Officer at Statkraft

Joanne has ten years’ experience as a corporate governance and compliance professional, predominantly in private sector roles at global organisations across a wide range of industries. Currently a Company Secretary and Compliance Officer at Statkraft, Joanne is responsible for subsidiary management. This means she works on share transfers, company reductions, strike offs and even incorporating new entities.Read more

Tesse Akpeki FCG

Case study

Consultation Services
Tesse Akpeki FCG Consultant and strategist

Tesse works with organisations and individuals to strengthen their health and enhance their impact. As an entrepreneur, she runs a boutique service that provides leadership and governance development, facilitation, coaching, mentoring, bridge building and podcasting.Read more

Gireeja Bhoobun

Case study

Financial Services
Gireeja Bhoobun GradCG Senior Associate at Apex Group Ltd

Gireeja has been performing a wide range of functions to support the administration of Employee Benefit Trusts and International Pension Plans managed in Jersey including Customer Due Diligence Checks, File Reviews, the preparation of minutes, preparation of instructions and reconciliations. Gireeja is also involved with the recruitment process for a number of her fellow colleagues in Mauritius to expand the team locally. She is also a member of the Recreational Committee for Apex Mauritius.Read more

Boglarka Radi

Case study

Information technology
Boglarka Radi Assistant Company Secretary at Aveva

From not knowing much about the role nearly six years ago, Boglarka has published several articles on governance internationally and is now an Assistant Company Secretary for Aveva. In her role, she uses her experience from within large, listed companies in a regulated environment to deal with the procedures and requirements that global entity management requires.Read more

Sammy Edris

Case study

Business Services
Sammy Edris Senior Associate at PwC

Sammy didn’t grow up with a penchant for being a company secretary. In fact, he didn’t know anything about the career or what the role entailed. Three years into a career, he still finds himself explaining that it’s more than just taking minutes – but has noticed a shift in how people see his role and the number of people who understand what it means to be a governance professional.Read more

Case study

Construction Sector
Silvana Glibota-Vigo, FCG Group Head of Secretariat, Keller Group plc

Silvana is the Group Head of Secretariat at Keller Group plc and has been a governance professional for over 15 years. She is a fellow of the Institute. Read more

Case study

Financial Services
Sara Bourne, FCG Deputy Managing Director & Head of Risk and Compliance, Carey

Sara Bourne is a chartered governance professional from Guernsey and is Deputy Managing Director and Head of Risk and Compliance at Carey – a financial services provider with expertise in corporate services, fund services and private wealth.Read more

Case study

Transport
Umsilla Moodley, GradCG Assistant Company Secretary, NCP Limited

Umsilla Moodley is a recently qualified company secretary with a law background (LLM and LPC) obtained in the UK and B.Sc (Mathematics and Chemistry) obtained in South Africa. Umsilla has worked in both private and public sectors and currently works as Assistant Company Secretary at NCP Limited. Read more

Case study

Financial Services
Madeleine Scrafton, FCG Managing Director - Computershare Governance Services

Maddie Scrafton is currently Head of Governance for the Board of HSBC Holdings plc, ensuring corporate governance, listing and regulatory obligations are met. Read more

Case study

Manufacturing
Susan Swabey, FCG Company Secretary, Smith & Nephew plc

Susan is the Company Secretary at Smith & Nephew plc and has been in the role for 12 and a half years. She has been part of the Company Secretarial world since leaving University, and 'fell into the role as it was something you could do with an Arts 'degree'. Read more

Helen Baker

Case study

Energy Services
Helen Baker, FCG Company Secretary, ITM Power Plc

Helen and her team look after ITM Power Plc (ITM Power), ITM Power’s board of directors (the board) and ITM Power’s shareholders. ITM Power is a company that has been set up in the UK. You can buy and sell its shares on London Stock Exchange’s AIM. Looking after ITM Power includes making sure it follows all the laws and rules that apply to it. Read more

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In their shoes: <p>Pam Wenger</p>

In their shoes:

Pam Wenger

Continuing our 'in their shoes' series, we sat down with Pam Wenger, who works as Director of Corporate Governance for the Swansea Bay University Health Board.

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In their shoes: <p>Graziella Bray</p>

In their shoes:

Graziella Bray

Continuing our 'in their shoes' series, we sat down with Graziella Bray, who works as Company Secretary, APS Bank plc (Malta)

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In their shoes: <p>Laura Sercombe</p>

In their shoes:

Laura Sercombe

Continuing our 'in their shoes' series, we sat down with Laura Sercombe, CEO of Girls Friendly Society, which has been shortlisted for this year's Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year award.

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In their shoes: <p>Léanne Heerink</p>

In their shoes:

Léanne Heerink

Continuing our 'in their shoes' series, we sat down with Léanne Heerink, who works as Director of Corporate Governance.

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In their shoes: <p>Urvasi Naidoo, FCG</p>

In their shoes:

Urvasi Naidoo, FCG

As part of our 'in their shoes' series, we sat down with Urvasi Naidoo, FCG, who works as Compliance and Contracts Manager for the CGF.

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In their shoes: <p>Cynthia Mora Spencer, ACG</p>

In their shoes:

Cynthia Mora Spencer, ACG

As part of our 'in their shoes' series, we sat down with Cynthia Mora Spencer, ACG, who works for The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland.

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In their shoes: <p>Susan Swabey, FCG</p>

In their shoes:

Susan Swabey, FCG

As part of our 'in their shoes' series, we sat down with Susan Swabey, FCG, who works as Company Secretary for Smith & Nephew plc.

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