Published: 6 Dec 2018

The CQI’s seventh Corporate Connect event of the year explored the role of the CQI’s policy department.

The last Corporate Connect event of 2018 was delivered as a live webinar from the CQI’s headquarters in London on 4 December. The main purpose of the event was to share the work of the CQI’s policy department and to also explore how corporate partners can get involved in supporting organisational governance, assurance and improvement. 

The broadcast was led by Estelle Clark, CQP FCQI, Executive Director of Policy at the CQI, who explored the responsibilities of the CQI’s policy department, which includes leading the profession, leveraging partnerships, and speaking on behalf of the CQI’s 20,000 members.

Clark joined the CQI as Executive Director of Policy in March 2017 to ensure the Institute is the leading voice on governance, assurance and improvement. She explained: “The policy directorate is responsible for thought leadership of the organisation, for developing and deploying plans to influence key stakeholders in line with the CQI’s strategy. Key stakeholders in this instance include other membership bodies, other professional institutes and broadly other organisations whose activities align with ours. 

“The policy directorate also provides technical approval of changes to membership standards, learning and development content and other technical content, and effectively acts as the head of profession in terms of the standards we set for quality professionals globally. The fourth aspect that was mentioned at the time the policy unit was established, was managing the standards panel.”

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