British Virgin Islands, 13 May 2021 – The UK & Ireland division of the global governance body, The Chartered Governance Institute, has today announced a new name for its branch in the British Virgin Islands. The branch is now called The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland – BVI Branch.
Sara Drake, Chief Executive of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland explains the reason behind the change:
“The renaming marks the completion of a rebranding process begun in 2018, following the decision by the global Institute’s membership to change the name of the Institute from The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) to The Chartered Governance Institute. The global body adopted its new name in 2019 and The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland division has now completed its own rebranding process.
“Our brand connects the UK & Ireland division to the global body and its eight sister divisions. It represents who we are and what is unique about the Institute as the world’s only chartered qualifying and membership body for governance professionals. The new name for the BVI Branch reinforces its link to the UK & Ireland division, a family of some 14,500 members and students spread across the UK, Republic of Ireland, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, as well as many other countries including the Caribbean, parts of Africa and the Middle East.”
The British Virgin Islands branch will expand next month to include members and students from Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Bermuda and Dominica. This will make for a bigger, stronger and more diverse branch, and the ability to offer more CPD, networking and volunteering opportunities to more members.
Gareth Thomas, Chair of the Institute’s BVI Branch comments:
“I truly welcome the expansion of the BVI branch of the Institute to include more countries from this region and look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to support the governance professionals working in the financial services industry. Although the original BVI branch was formally established in 2005, it has provided support, advice and networking opportunities to governance professionals working in BVI Financial Services since the 1990s. I am delighted with the completion of the rebranding process as The Chartered Governance Institute name better encapsulates what our members and students bring to the table in terms of governance expertise.
“Our qualified members and those presently going through their exams are experienced governance professionals who help ensure and protect BVI branch’s reputation as an excellent place to do business. Good governance is not only best practice but it is expected in all walks of life. The qualifications offered by the Institute are the perfect match for BVI branch financial service professionals as the majority of the service offering that BVI is renowned for globally is corporate services and corporate governance.”
The current branch committee comprises the following members:
• Gareth Thomas FCG, Chair
• Dr Derry Hodge FCG, Vice-Chair
• Lorna Smith OBE, FCG, Public Relations Officer
• Wayne Francis FCG, Treasurer
• Adrian Mubangizi ACG, Secretary
• Paul Oliver, Student Champion.