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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. 

 Fellowship Diploma Presentations - March 2015


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:

    • 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
    • Invitation through Council of The City and Guilds of London Institute

    Latest Fellowships to be conferred

    The Council of the City and Guilds of London Institute met on 3rd March 2016 and conferred the following Fellowships:

    Fellowship (FCGI)

    Mr Len  Conway FCGI - Principal, Building Crafts College
    Mrs Mary Crowley OBE FCGI - President, International Federation for Parenting Education
    Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FRS FREng FCGI - President, Royal Academy of Engineering
    The Rt Hon Frank Field DL MP FCGI - Member of Parliament
    Dr Catherine McClay ACGI FCGI - Head of Commercial Operations, National Grid
    Mr Nick Munro FCGI - British Furniture/Homeware designer

    Mr Sanjit Bunker Roy FCGI - Founder, Barefoot College
    Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS FCGI - Vice-Chancellor, University of London

    Professor Thomas Welton FCGI - Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College

    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

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