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The Institute of Certified Secretaries of Kenya (ICS) is the professional organization for Certified Secretaries. The Institute is established under the Certified Public Secretaries Act, Cap 534 of 1988 and dedicated to the promotion, growth, development and regulation of the governance and corporate secretarial profession in Kenya.

To be the premier centre of excellence in governance promotion and development in Africa.

To embed good governance practices that transform institutions and inspire professionals in order to be the premier centre of excellence in governance promotion and development in Africa.

Excellence, Ethical, Innovative, Responsive







The Institute is governed by a Council comprising of eleven (11) members, out of whom ten (10) are elected by members and one (1) appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance pursuant to the CPS Act. The Council is led by the Chairman who is also elected by members. The Council operates through Committees established to handle various activities touching on the CPS profession.

Globally, Certified Public Secretaries (CPS) have varying titles depending with the type of organization they are working for and the position they occupy in such organizations. Some of the titles applicable include Certified Secretary (CS), Company Secretary, Corporate Secretary, Corporation Secretary, Board Secretary and Chartered Secretary.

In Kenya, members of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) are generally referred to as Certified Secretaries and the designatory letters “CS.” are used before their names. The designation “CS” has already been protected at the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI).

  • To promote good governance;
  • To promote standards of professional competence and practice amongst members of the Institute;
  • To promote research into subjects of governance, management administration , secretarial practice and related matters, publication of books, periodicals, journals and articles in connection therewith;
    To promote international recognition of the Institute;
  • To advise the Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB) on the matters relating to examination standards and policies;
  • To carry out any other functions prescribed for it under any of the provisions of the Act or under any other written law;
  • To do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of the functions specified under this statute.
  1. Members of the Institute
  2. The Secretariat
  3. CS Students
  2. Registration of Certified Public Secretaries Board
  3. Association of Professional Societies in East Africa (APSEA)
  4. Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA)
  5. Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK)
  6. Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)
  7. Institute of Credit Management
  8. Law Society of Kenya (LSK)
  1. National Governments
  2. County Governments
  3. The National Treasury
  4. Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development
  5. Other Government Departments
  6. State Corporations and other incorporated companies
  7. Transition Authority
  8. Office of the Registrar General
  9. Attorney General’s Office
  1. Media Houses
  2. Members of the Public
  3. Publishers
  4. Upper Hill District Residents Associations (UHDA)
  5. Suppliers
  6. Competitors
  1. Capital Markets Authority (CMA)
  2. Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE)
  3. Central Depository Settlement Corporation (CDSC)
  4. Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA)
  5. Retirement Benefits Authority (RBA)
  6. Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE)
  7. Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
  8. Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives (KUSCCO)
  9. Kenya Law Reform Commission (KLRC)
  10. Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority (SASRA)
  11. Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)
  12. Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK)
  1. Universities
  2. Middle level Colleges
  3. Secondary schools
  4. Kenya Bankers Association (KBA)
  5. Kenya Institute of Management (KIM)
  6. Kenya School of Government (KSG)
  7. Kenya Institute of Supply Management (KISM)
  8. Kenya Shareholders Association (KSA)
  9. National Industrial Training Institute (NITA)


The Certified Public Secretaries Profession has its origin in the United Kingdom, when, in 1891, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries was formed. The profession is now represented in many Countries in the world. The global umbrella body for the corporate secretaries and governance professionals is Corporate Secretaries International Associations (CSIA), whose membership comprises of 14 professional associations from different countries including Kenya.



The evolution of the Certified Public Secretaries profession in Kenya is traced to the establishment of the Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB) in 1969. The Board came into being through an Administrative Order under the auspices of the Directorate of Personnel Management, Office of the President.



The mandate of KASNEB was to examine both Certified Public Accountants and Certified Public Secretaries. KASNEB was included as an institutional structure in the Accountants Act, Cap 531 Laws of Kenya, in July 1977. A provision was made under the Accountants Act to appoint two members to the Board of KASNEB “from the Governing body of such a profession for Certified Public Secretaries and Administrators as may be established with the consent of the Attorney-General”.



The Kenya Government appointed a working party on the certified public secretaries profession in 1978, which made its report to the Attorney General in June 1981, where the enactment of the legal framework on the certified public secretaries profession was recommended. In November 1988, the Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya Act, Cap 534 was enacted by Parliament and became operational on November 1, 1989.


The Council is the policy making organ of the Institute. The Council is appointed pursuant to Section 8 of the Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya Act and operates through Committees. The Council delegates the executive functions to the Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute.

The following are the current Council Members:

FCS Waweru G. Mathenge


CS Diana S. Tanui

Vice - Chairman

FCS Jacqueline Waihenya

Council Member

FCS Dr. Nicholas Letting

Council Member

FCS. Fredrick O. Wasike

Council Member

FCS Joshua W. Wambua

Council Member

FCS Bernice Gachegu

Council Member

CS Salome Onyonka

Council Member

CS George O. Athiambo

Council Member

CS Kathryne K. Maundu

Council Member

CS Malachi O. Adedeh

Council Member

The Institute is run by a Secretariat, which has a work force of twelve members of staff.

CS. Obare Nyaega

Chief Executive Officer

CS. Obare Nyaega has over 17 years of work experience, having worked for various organisations at various capacities relating to governance, financial control, strategy and leadership. CPA Obare is a Council member at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) where he Chairs the Research and Development Committee.

CS. Jeremiah N. Karanja

Head of Department, Professional Services

CS. Jeremiah N. Karanja is a Certified Secretary, Human Resource Professional, Accredited Governance auditor, Accredited Trainer of Trainers, Governance Advisor and Board Evaluation Consultant. He has extensive experience in consultancy and management spanning over 9 years. He is a member of both the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) and Institute of Human Resource Management of Kenya (IHRM-K).

Mr. Gilbert Kiprono

Research and Business Development Manager

Gilbert Kiprono is a researcher and Economist with over 5 years’ experience in Research and Policy, having worked in both private and public sectors. He is also trained on Enterprise Development under Knowledge Co-creation program offered by Japan International Cooperation Agency and Pacific Exchange Resource Center (Japan).

Ms. Felistas M. Musyoka

Manager, Marketing & Corporate Affairs

CS. Emily S. S. Mugonyi

Manager, Membership Services

Mr. Pius M. Kamau

Assistant Manager, Financial Services

Mr. John Omondi

Learning & Development Officer

Mr. Julius M. Kyulu

ICT Officer

Maureen Nyakwaka

Accounts Assistant

Rosalid Nyaga

Marketing Assistant

Lydia Misati

Front Desk Officer

Douglas Kilumbi

Administrative Assistant

The Strategic Plan is organised into various chapters with details of key goals, objectives, strategies and tactics to deliver the aspirations of Council to the Institute. Key among the objectives are to:

• Increase membership
• Implement stakeholder engagement
• Increase sources of revenue
• Enhance operational efficiency
• Source funding to construct the Governance Centre complex
• Attract, motivate, develop and retain staff
• Harness ICT; and
• Promote good corporate governance

With this plan the Institute is poised for growth and enhanced relevance among its stakeholders.

The development of the CPS Governance Centre is one of the major milestones to be achieved in the five year plan. This being a major project, the CPS Governance Centre Limited was incorporated to act as an investment vehicle and enable members of the Institute to buy the shares of the Company and hence participate in the ownership of the Office Complex.

The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) operates a Sacco Society Limited for the benefit of its members, their spouses, children and employers of members, in their professional practice firms. The ICPSK Sacco was registered on August 9, 1999 under the Co-operative Societies Act Cap. 490, Section 6 of the Laws of Kenya. Admission fee is Kshs.200 non-refundable and minimum deposit contribution per month is Kshs.3000/=. Share capital is Ksh. 5,000. Members will be eligible for loans subject to availability of funds after six months’ contributions and the loan will be 3 times the member’s contribution. Remittance may be on standing orders, bankers’ cheque or direct payment to the SACCO Secretariat.

The ICPSK Benevolent Fund, was founded in 1990 and it’s Trust Deed and Rules registered on February, 2004, under the Perpetual Succession Act. The members of the fund are members of the Institute of certified Public Secretaries of Kenya. The objective of the Benevolent Fund is to help poor or distressed persons who are members’ of the Benevolent Fund and the spouses, children and other dependants of the deceased members. Secondly, but only in special circumstances, the Benevolent fund may assist persons who for any reason have ceased to be members of the Fund.

The Institute has incorporated a company, namely Institutional Consultants Limited (ICL), which is fully owned by the Institute. The main objective of the company is to undertake consultancy services. The company will generate funds to finance its operations.


The professional world has become not only dynamic but also very competitive. Significant changes and challenges can be observed in the environment and more specifically in the regulatory background within which the Certified Secretary must operate. To keep in pace with these changes and challenges, the CS has to continuously update and also increase his/her knowledge so as to be current in all aspects of his/her professional career.