About Us










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).

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

CS Diana Sawe Tanui        -    Chairman 

FCS Joshua W. Wambua    -    Vice Chairman

FCS Dr. Nicholas K. Letting  -  Council Member           

FCS Jacqueline Waihenya  -    Council Member

FCS Fredrick O. Wasike     -    Council Member

CS Salome K. Onyonka     -     Council Member

FCS Bernice W. Gachegu   -    Council Member

CS George O. Athiambo     -   Council Member

CS Dr. Kenneth Mutuma    -   Council Member

CS Kathryne K. Maundu     -   Council Member

CS Malachi O. Adedeh       -   Council Member



CS Obare Nyaega - Chief Executive Officer

CS Jeremiah N. Karanja - Head of Professional Services

CS Emily Mugonyi - Manager, Membership Services

Mrs Felisas Musyoka - Manager, Marketing

CPA Pius Kamau - Ag. Head of Finance & Support Services

Mr. Gilbert Kiprono - Manager, Research 

CS John Gwada - Training Officer

Ms. Rosalid Wanja - Marketing Officer

Ms. Maureen Nyakwaka - Accounts Officer

Mr. Julius Kyulu - ICT Officer

Mrs. Lydia Sandimu - Receptionist

Mr. Douglas Kilumbi - Office Messenger 



Talk to us

Monday - Friday 08.00 - 17.00
+254 (0)20 359 7840 / +254 (0)20 359 7842
[email protected]

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