Council of The City and Guilds of London Institute

Council of The City and Guilds of London Institute has an integral role in the governance of City & Guilds.

Council of The City and Guilds of London Institute comprises approximately 70 individuals, who come from a wide range of backgrounds with a variety of specialisms and experience.

Council meets twice a year, and has four primary functions:

  • Providing advice, guidance and support for City & Guilds
  • Electing a chairman, vice-chairman, certain categories of councillor, honorary officers and members of the Trustee Board
  • Conferring certain awards and honours, including Fellowship
  • Jointly responsible for making changes to the Constitution

 
Through its role with City & Guilds, Council upholds the Group purpose of enabling people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth.

Councillors' values in action

Councillors share the Group’s values of leadership, imagination and integrity. These are the pillars which underpin the work and actions of the Group.

In addition, individual councillors may also engage in advisory work with members of the Group Management Board, or work with other committees and groups which support the Group. 

Becoming a councillor

There are four ways to become a councillor:

Ex-officio councillors

Ex-officio councillors are chosen by virtue of another position they hold. There are two processes for electing ex-officio councillors:

  • The three vice-presidents, the treasurer, and two joint honour secretaries are elected by Council upon the recommendation of the Nominations Committee and the Trustee Board
  • Other ex-officio councillors automatically gain a seat on Council because of another position they hold – such as Lord Mayor of London, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, President of the Royal Society and Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts

Appointed councillors

Appointed councillors are selected either from the 18 highest donating Livery Companies, or from the City of London Corporation.

Elected councillors

The Council elects Members from The City and Guilds of London Institute (Honorary Members or Fellows) to join the Council, following recommendation from the Nominations Committee and the Trustee Board.

Co-opted councillor

Co-opted councillors are elected by Council upon the recommendation of the Nominations Committee and the Trustee Board.

 

Council structure

Ex-officio councillors:

  • Vice-Presidents x3
  • Treasurer
  • Joint Honorary Secretaries x2
  • Lord Mayor of London
  • President of the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • President of the Royal Society
  • Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts

Appointed councillors:

  • Representatives from the 18 highest donating Livery Companies over a five-year period
  • One representative from the City of London Corporation

Elected councillors:

  • 28 individuals from a range of backgrounds and industries

Co-opted councillors:

  • 15 individuals from a range of backgrounds and industries

Contact the Councillors

Councillors can be contacted through the City & Guilds
Stakeholder Engagement team