In September 2022, Simon Culhane, Chartered FCSI, will step down after 18 years as chief executive of the Institute
Simon was appointed CEO of the Securities Institute (now the CISI) in May 2004. At the time the Institute had 65 staff, all UK based.
Under his leadership, the Institute has become the leading global body for professionals working in the wealth, financial planning and capital markets sectors, with over 40,000 exams taken during a normal year, providing qualifications that are now recognised in over 70 jurisdictions.
Today, the Institute has 26,000 fully qualified members in over 75 countries. It has offices in nine other countries, including Sri Lanka, where another 75 staff operate in its capital, Colombo. The Institute’s London headquarters (at 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building) employs 110 staff. It has recently launched a MyCISI App and remote invigilation for candidates and members all over the world.
Simon said: “It has been a real honour and privilege to hold this position, for what will have been 18 years which have gone by in a flash. I feel that now is the right time to step down, after we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year.”
Commenting on Simon’s change of role, CISI chair Michael Cole-Fontayn MCSI said: “The Board of Trustees recognise the significant contribution and dedication Simon has given to the Institute over nearly two decades as its CEO. Today, the CISI is a resilient and financially secure global body, which is widely respected by regulators and firms for its professionalism, qualifications, continuing professional development and focus on integrity. Simon has been instrumental in the growth of our global community of members and has built many important relationships around the world which contribute to its success; therefore, it would be our intention to engage Simon in an international ambassadorial role for an appropriate period.”
Michael added that the Board has begun the search process to recruit the new CEO and the CISI remains committed to finding the appropriate leader for the Institute’s next stage of development.