Cecile Gillard

Company Secretarial Manager


  • Cecile is brilliant, bringing clarity to the complexities of charity and corporate regulation and governance – with options for practical solutions

    Mark Craig

    Associate Director, Vistra UK

  • ‘Many thanks to Cecile Gillard for her excellent work as Chair and advisor for the ICSA Charity Governance Conference’

    Maria Isidro, Senior Events Producer

    The Governance Institute


I lead our Company Secretarial services, aiming to support your charity, social impact or commercial organisation in its effective core legal administration. I love seeing organisations thrive and bring benefits to the wider community in which they operate.

Communities of purpose can generate powerful solutions. That’s why I am a voluntary director of a CIC that seeks to empower people to reach their potential, particularly focusing on young people and those who face particular challenges in their lives..

Areas of expertise.

  • Charity legal and regulatory issues
  • Company law and regulatory issues
  • Governance and constitutional matters
  • Transparency, accountability and reporting
  • Company and charity secretarial administration and related company and charity law


  • I helped scope, plan and deliver the ICSA Charity Governance Conference

    Subjects considered included improving gender and ethnic representation on boards, the importance of healthy thought diversity, effective meetings, the Charity Governance Code and governance in the context of modern slavery and the supply chain.

  • I wrote the new second edition of Charity Checklists

    This is an easy to use guide to key areas of charity administration and regulatory compliance.

Qualifications and career

  • LLB Hons (Law), University of the West of England
  • My previous roles include posts with commercial groups, international legal services suppliers and chartered accountants

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Member Charity Law Association
  • Professional Subscriber of ICSA - The Chartered Institute of Governance
  • Co-tutor for the ICSA Certificate in Charity Law and Governance
  • Charity trustee and non-executive CIC director
  • Various previous charity trusteeships
  • Experience of voluntary work in the UK and Botswana

Publications & Lectures

  • I’m a trainer and author, my current published titles include Charity Checklists, How to Run a Charity, Charity Law and Governance: A Practical Guide