Fellows of The City and Guilds of London Institute

In 1892, The City and Guilds of London Institute (CGLI) established Fellowship to honour the historical connection to Imperial College London and the professional accomplishments of its graduates.

Today, Fellows are from a wide range of industries from around the world.

To be considered for Fellowship, candidates must exemplify excellence by embodying our core values of leadership, imagination and integrity. Fellowship is bestowed upon leaders and innovators who have had an impact on their industry or in education.

Fellows help to contribute to our success by acting as ambassadors and offering their knowledge and expertise.

An honourable asset

Fellows’ long-standing partnership and professional expertise have added to the Group’s strengths since Fellowship was introduced over 120 years ago. As an embodiment of excellence, Fellows continue to contribute to our success and uphold our values. 

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Who are Fellows?

Fellows are leaders of industry who have achieved remarkable success in their respective fields. Generally, they hold senior roles such as CEOs, board members or specialist employees.

Fellowship is conferred upon those who have:

  • Made outstanding professional achievements
  • Given distinguished service to City & Guilds
  • Enhanced the profile of vocational education and training


  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Managing Director or Board Member
  • Specialist employee with high-level responsibility for a particular part of the organisation

Education and academia

  • Vice-Chancellors
  • Principals
  • Heads of departments
  • Specialists whose work has seen exceptional results

Government and public sector

  • Holder of senior office in the military (likely to be 1-star or above)
  • Police, fire, prison, health or Civil Service
  • Member of Parliament or working peer


The work of Fellows

Fellows form a strong network of experts who help the Group and our companies to achieve our aims. Their advice and support is an integral component of our success.

They are able to offer advice through the advisory positions they hold on internal committees and advisory boards.

Fellows hold advisory positions:

  • On Council of The City and Guilds of London Institute
  • As senior stakeholders in advisory committees
  • As speakers at the Yearly Meeting
  • As speakers at the annual Fellowship lecture
  • On round table discussions
  • As speakers at seminars and conferences
  • As liaisons with public and private sector organisations


Who can become a Fellow?

Individuals are not able to apply to become a Fellow. Fellows must be nominated for the honour. There are two ways the nomination can occur:

  1. Individuals may be nominated by sponsors, who must themselves be Fellows, Honorary Fellows, members of Council of The City and Guilds of London Institute, Honorary Officers of The City and Guilds of London Institute, or senior staff from approved delegated authority. Individuals must be known personally by their sponsors
  2. Invitation through Council of The City and Guilds of London Institute


Latest Fellowships to be conferred

Please click here to view a list of Fellowships conferred since 2008.


Fellowship events

A programme of Fellowship events is organised throughout the year. For more information please contact FCGI@cityandguilds.com.

The City and Guilds of London Institute Fellowship Awards

See this document for a list of Fellowship awards conferred since 2008.

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Annual Fellowship Luncheon

Held annually at 170 Queen’s Gate, this is an opportunity for Fellows to gather over lunch and hear guest speakers talk about the work of Imperial College and City & Guilds.

By courtesy of the President of Imperial College, Professor Alice Gast FCGI, City & Guilds was delighted to hold its 83rd Annual Fellowship Meeting and Luncheon on 16 June 2017. Before the lunch, there was a tour of the current laboratories used by the Dyson School of Design Engineering, in Imperial Collage and the Royal College of Art.  Around 30 Honorary Fellows and Fellows attended the luncheon at which they heard an address by Professor Peter Childs, Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College.

In his address, Professor Childs spoke about the £12 million donation from the James Dyson Foundation which has helped to establish the Dyson School of Design Engineering. The school is the first new engineering department to be established at Imperial in two decades. In July 2014, the school had only two staff members but this has now grown to 30 staff members and, when the new building is open and fully functional in October 2017, they will have an annual intake of 100 students.

Please click here to view Professor Childs’ presentation.

As well as providing a great opportunity for Fellows and their guests to gather and network, the luncheon also hosted the presentation of the 2017 FCGI Centenary Award. This is presented each year to an outstanding City & Guilds College Union  student as nominated by CGCU President, Milia Hasbani. This year, the prize was presented to Andrew Hill (pictured), Webmaster of the City & Guilds College Union, by Professor Childs.