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

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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FCGI 2019

Annual Fellowship Luncheon 2019

28 June 2019

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, the City and Guilds of London Institute was delighted to hold its 85th Annual Fellowship Meeting and Luncheon on 28 June 2019. Around 50 Honorary Fellows and Fellows attended the luncheon at which they heard an address by Dr Peter Bonfield, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster.

Dr Peter Bonfield was previously Chief Executive of the BRE Group of companies which conduct multi-disciplinary research, training and education in the built environment sectors in the UK and around the world. In 2012, he was awarded an OBE for services to research and innovation in the Built Environment and is Deputy President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

As well as providing a great opportunity for Fellows and their guests to gather and network, the luncheon also hosted the presentation of the 2019 FCGI Centenary Award. This is presented each year to an outstanding City & Guilds College Union student. This year, the prize was presented to Alice Jackson (pictured), Events Officer of the City & Guilds College Union, as nominated by the City & Guilds College Union President, Andrew Hill and the award presented to her by Sir John Armitt.

For the second time we incorporated a Fellowship presentation before the luncheon and diplomas were presented to Dr Peter Bonfield, Sir Ian Blatchford and Professor Lesley Cohen, by Sir John Armitt.

Fellowship Lecture 2018

Annual Fellowship Lecture 2018

01 November 2018

The annual Fellowship Lecture took place on 1 November 2018 at Salters' Hall. In a fascinating talk, Professor Chris Toumazou shared what drove him to make remarkable advances in healthcare and illustrated that there are many paths to success.

Chris and his team are launching a new healthtech device, which will allow people to make better choices every day in the supermarket to access healthier lifestyles.

Find out more about DNANudge.

We were also delighted to welcome three illustrious new Fellows at the Lecture – Mr Jason Holt, Professor Sir Chris Husbands and Professor Ric Parker.

FCGI 2018

Annual Fellowship Luncheon 2018

15 June 2018

In 2018, for the first time ever, we took the opportunity to celebrate the award of FCGI Diplomas, reinforcing the connections between Imperial College and the City and Guilds of London Institute.

Eur Ing David Cooper, Mr Mark Malcomson and Eur Ing Christopher Northey were presented with their diplomas by Sir John Armitt. The 2018 FCGI Centenary Award was made to Nutnicha Saduagkan, Media and Marketing Officer of the CGCU, as nominated by Claudia Caravello, CGCU President and presented by Sir John Armitt.

Professor Michele Dougherty, Head of Department of Physics and Professor of Space Physics at Imperial College, was our guest speaker at the luncheon. She is a space physicist who leads unmanned exploratory missions to Saturn and Jupiter and is Principal Investigator for J-MAG. She was awarded FCGI in 2014, the Royal Astronomical Society Gold medal in 2017, and CBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for ‘Services to UK Physical Science Research’. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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Annual Fellowship Luncheon 2017

16 June 2017

In 2017, Professor Peter Childs, Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering and the Professorial Lead in Engineering Design at Imperial College, joined our luncheon as the guest speaker. He spoke about the world of design of products, services and systems, experiences and artefacts, and the associated culture of enterprise by design.

Please click here to view Professor Childs’ presentation.

Before the luncheon, Fellows and their guests enjoyed a walking tour at the Dyson School of Design Engineering. They were shown around the Design School’s current facilities in Princes Gardens and the Royal College of Art.

Professor Peter Childs also presented the 2017 FCGI Centenary Award. This award was made to Andrew Hill, Webmaster of the CGCU and he was nominated by Milia Hasbani, CGCU President.