Formation of the Company

Following a suggestion by Sir Kenneth Cork, then Aldermanic Sheriff, that members of professional Institutes might form Livery Companies, several members of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators met on 3 November 1976 and resolved to incorporate a guild to be called the Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Letters Patent

The Company’s petition to the Court of Aldermen to become a Livery Company was approved and on 12 January 1978, at a special meeting of the Court of Aldermen at the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor, Air Commodore Sir Peter Vanneck, presented the Letters Patent to the founding Master of the Company, Mr. John Wedgwood.

In July 2006, the Company considered that it should acquire legal status and resolved to make an application to the Privy Council for the grant of a Royal Charter. The Constitution, Ordinances and Standing Orders were drafted and reproduced on vellum and on 24 July 2008, Her Majesty the Queen caused the Great Seal of State to be affixed to our Royal Charter.

A copy of the Royal Charter and Ordinances is attached.

Royal Charter