Our Associate Partners are a highly influential group of organisations that share similar ambitions and goals for quality in business as we do.

Their business model may be different from ours but they can help us deliver our strategy and in doing so enable us to help them with theirs.

We have a unique relationship with each of our Associate Partners – no two affiliations are the same. We connect with organisations that are personally invested in the future of quality – those who have shown they are willing to go above and beyond to make things happen.

Our Associate Partners include:

Engineering Council

The CQI is a Professional Affiliate of the Engineering Council, the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession. We support its Royal Charter mission to maintain the standards of professional competence in the engineering profession, running a number of special interest groups in engineering-based sectors. In return, the Engineering Council supports our mission by upholding quality as a key competence for the 220,000 engineers and technicians on its register.

Institute of Directors (IoD)

The CQI endorses the IoD’s Royal Charter mission to promote professionalism and set standards for British business. Through our presence on its governance advisory panel, we help them research and develop standards for good corporate governance. The IoD reciprocates by supporting the CQI’s mission to define and gain recognition for exceptional standards of operational governance.

Shirley Parsons

Shirley Parsons is the largest talent agency with a dedicated quality practice. The CQI helps the Shirley Parsons’ recruitment team by providing our Competency Framework as a framework for them to write job specifications for clients and to help with career development for candidates. By setting a high benchmark with these roles, we are improving professional standards for the quality profession as a whole.

Process Management International (PMI)

Process Management International (PMI) has been helping organisations improve their business performance for over 30 years through consultancy, advice and training. The organisation prides itself on a long-term commitment to quality and helps evaluate our ideas when we discuss our work and plans. Together, the CQI and PMI work as a team to share knowledge and expertise on governance, assurance and improvement.

Tomorrow’s Company

Tomorrow’s Company is a not-for-profit think-tank that exists to inspire and enable business to be a force for good. Its goal is to encourage a business approach that benefits staff, shareholders and wider society through a focus on purpose, values, relationships and the long-term. Its partnership with the CQI helps us understand how governance is implemented on a day-to-day basis in organisations. We work together researching and lobbying to help influence the future of governance in business.

United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

UKAS is the national accreditation body for the United Kingdom to assess organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services – it checks the ‘checkers’ against internationally agreed standards. The CQI and UKAS work together to promote the value of accredited management system certification, believing this to be important and valuable. Being able to get in front of each other’s audiences to discuss this topic helps both of us reach a wider range of organisations.

The Oakland Group

Oakland is a data company who bring together process, governance and advanced analytics to deliver value for their clients. Oakland share the CQI’s dedication to quality management and believe data can be used to positively affect the world. It works with the CQI to bring it’s 30 years of expertise and the latest thinking to our organisation, contributing content through thought leadership.

Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (Chartered IIA)

The Chartered IIA is the only professional association for internal financial auditors in the UK and Ireland. As we both work in the field of auditing, there is a mutual benefit for the Chartered IIA and the CQI to collaborate as it allows us to share views on the future of auditing and the principles of its professional standards.

Saudi Quality Council

The Saudi Quality Council (SQC) plays a prominent role in supporting the progress of quality and the Koranic concept of ‘Itqan’ (the pursuit of excellence) in Saudi Arabia. Within the strategic partnership: the CQI and SQC share good practice, including SQC input to the CQI’s global professional standards; SQC promotes CQI and IRCA learning and development in Saudi Arabia; and the SQC promotes professional recognition and development through CQI membership and IRCA auditor certification within Saudi Arabia and the wider region.


RepRisk is a leading research and business intelligence provider, specialising in ESG and business conduct risks. 

As a premium due diligence solution, RepRisk helps clients prevent and mitigate business conduct risks related to their operations, business relationships, and investments.  

Since 2006, RepRisk leverages artificial intelligence and human analysis to translate big data into actionable analytics and metrics. With daily updates, universal coverage, and curated adverse data on companies, projects, sectors, and countries, RepRisk offers a suite of a powerful risk management and compliance services.  

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, RepRisk serves clients worldwide, enabling them to reduce blind spots and shed light on risks that can have reputational, compliance, and financial impacts on a company.

Non-Executive Directors’ Association

The Non-Executive Directors’ Association (‘NEDA’) is the leading independent member association dedicated to Non-Executive Directors (‘NEDs’).  NEDA promotes and supports the day to day needs of NEDs at all levels – aspiring, new and experienced. We provide our members and clients with a comprehensive range of education, training, mentoring, coaching and advisory services.

Working with a range of partner organisations our services include:

  • A Handbook and guide to performing the NED role
  • Training and education through courses and seminars
  • Certification with our NED Certificate based on a ‘Book + Course + Test’ approach
  • Networking opportunities at regular events
  • Mentoring and coaching with access to experienced professionals
  • Recruitment support for individuals and organisations
  • Board Performance Evaluations and NED Development programmes

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Catalyst Consulting

Catalyst Consulting’s purpose is to help people and organisations work better today and be ready for tomorrow’s challenges. They do this by aligning people, processes and technology to enable sustainable results. They like to work closely with their clients, creating an honest and open dialogue to help them achieve business excellence.

Their consulting solutions and training services are based on over 20 years’ experience of Lean, Lean Six Sigma, Strategy Deployment, Agile, Change Management and Business Transformation.

Catalyst Consulting count many global leading organisations and household names amongst their valued clients. Much of their ongoing business comes from recommendations based on the experience of the customer value they deliver.