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To develop and guide on sustainability and governance standards in organizations


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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).

As a public institution with a statutory mandate of promoting good governance, ICS has over the years partnered with other institutions to undertake various governance initiatives including:


  • Code of Governance for State Corporations “Mwongozo” (on behalf of State Corporations Advisory Committee and Public Service Commission)
  • Champions of Governance (COG) Award
  • Code of Corporate Governance for Issuers of Security to the Public issued by the Capital Markets Authority.
  • The Code of Governance for Private Organizations in Kenya
  • CSIA Corporate Secretaries Tool Kit
  • The Governance Framework for Certified Public Secretaries working at the County Governments
  • Governance Standards and Guidelines
  • Governance Training Manuals
  • Governance Research, Trainings and Consultancies
  • Governance Journal
  • The Weekly Governance Voice (WGV) YouTube Channel.

History & Background


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.

Council Members

The overall leadership of the Institute is bestowed on the Council which is the policy making body. The Council is appointed pursuant to Section 8 of the CPS of Kenya Act and operates through Committees and a Secretariat. The Council is comprised 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 CS profession. The current Council members are:


FCS Joshua W. Wambua, MBS     


FCS Dr. Nicholas K. Letting         

Council Member

FCS Jacqueline Waihenya           

Council Member 

FCS George O. Athiambo  

Council Member

CS Kathryne Maundu

Council Member

FCS Dr. kenneth Wyne Mutuma

Council Member

CS Joyce Koech                        

Council Member

CS Joyce Njeri Mukururi  

Council Member

CS Simon Peter Mwangi Kariuki

Council Member

CS Judy Olive Warui

Council Member

CS William Kiema Sammy 

Council Member





For the day-to-day running of the Institute’s operations, the Council has put in place a Secretariat headed by the Chief Executive Officer. The current members of the Secretariat are:


FCS Jeremiah N. Karanja   Chief Executive Officer
CPA Pius Kamau              Director Corporate Services
CS Gloria Kitete Corporate Secretary
CS Gilbert Kiprono  Director Strategy, Research, and Capacity Development
FCS Emily Mugonyi           Manager, Special programs
CS Humphery Ijakaa Manager, Governance and Advocacy
Mr. Julius Kyulu        Manager, ICT
Mrs. Lydia Sandimu Front Office & Executive Assistant
CS John Gwada    Senior Officer Admin and Records
Mrs. Maureen Nyakwaka  Accounts Officer
Mrs. Marion Koki Marketing and Business Development Officer
Mr. Festus Kimeli Capacity Development Officer
Mr. Hosea Mutwiri Research and Strategy Officer
Mr. James Karonjo ICT Officer
Mr. Daniel Mutai                     Office Driver
Ms. Caroline Idambo Office Assistant




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