Cecile Gillard

Company Secretarial Manager


  • Thank you so very much for your help. We are hugely grateful. We really appreciated the detailed analysis of the situation.’

    Nigel Osborne

    Trustee of the Sawa Foundation

  • ‘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
  • Governance and constitutional matters
  • Transparency, accountability and reporting
  • Company secretarial administration and related company law

Recent projects

  • 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 Governance Institute
  • Co-tutor for the ICSA Certificate in Charity Law and Governance
  • 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