The Institute has played a prominent role as the professional body for management for over 65 years, firstly as the British Institute of Management and then as the Institute of Management. Chartered status was finally achieved in 2002, when the Chartered Management Institute was created.  The Royal Charter was granted by the Privy Council on 12 February 2002 and came into effect on 1 April 2002.

What does chartered status mean?

The CMI is a registered charity in England and Wales, and holds a separate charity registration in Scotland. Its charitable mission is to promote the art and science of management.

As a charity, the CMI brings benefit to managers in terms of their individual competences, to organisations in relation to their management capability. Our benefit extends UK-wide, as improved standards of management across the board can only be of benefit to the whole country and the public at large.

  • Management is recognised as a profession in its own right
  • CMI is the pre-eminent authority for the profession of management; its acts as a standard bearer for the profession
  • CMI members have a responsibility to uphold professional standards and to keep their skills and competences up to date; this is an undertaking contained in the CMI Code of Practice for Professional Managers and the IC Code of Professional Conduct and Practice

Chartered status also means that CMI is the only organisation able to award Chartered Manager status to its members.

We have a trading subsidiary, CMI Enterprises Ltd. This commercial company handles our in-company business and publishing activity.

CMI members play a pivotal role in the governance of the Institute, through service on the Board of Trustees and its various committees. The Board sets the strategy and ensures that the Institute is fulfilling its mission and vision.

View our Charter and Bye-laws

The composition of the Board is:
  • President - who holds office for 2 years
  • President Elect
  • Immediate Past President
  • Chief Executive
  • 6 members elected nationally
  • The Chairman of IC Advisory Committee (ex-officio)
  • Up to 2 co-opted members

Governance Developments - National

In 2014 there were a number of changes to the Regional and National Governance of the CMI, which have been reflected below.


In line with new CMI Strategy developed in 2013, the advisory Committees of the Board have been reconfigured, to create alignment with the growth strategy and the organisational redesign, providing an effective structure, with simplified reporting lines, that will add value in business development terms.

The main changes are:

  • The External Affairs and Insight Committee has an emphasis on thought leadership, insight and market intelligence, as well as overseeing the Code of Practice;
  • The Regulation Compliance Committee is the 'governing body' for the Awarding Body and for regulatory purposes
  • The IC Advisory Committee, made up of members representing both the Regions and the wider IC membership
  • The Women in Management Advisory Committee, bringing WiM into the central strategy of the Institute
  • The Complaints and Investigations Committee, overseeing the member complaints handling procedures
  • A virtual Management and Leadership Development Sounding Board, which comes together to discuss new developments and initiatives within our member and employer offers.
New committees

Governance Developments - Regional

In 2013 there were a number of changes to the Regional and National Governance of the CMI, which have been reflected below.


Following a member engagement review in 2012 the consensus showed a need for:

  • Streamlined governance structures
  • Full integration of CMI, IC and WiM at Regional/Devolved Nation level
  • Centralised event management support
  • A focus away from member events, to online networks and means of engagement
  • Improved member communications

As a result the past structure of CMI Regional Forums and local Branches, IC Regional Committees, and WiM Groups has been replaced by a more inclusive regional structure of 12 Regional/Devolved Nation Boards.

The Regions are as shown in the link below - 12 New Regional/Devolved Nation Boards have:

  • An appointed Chair
  • 11 elected members, representing CMI, IC and WiM
  • The Boards have responsibility to lead on member engagement at local level, including the setting up of networks that fit with members’ needs
  • Importantly, there is also imperative in these Regional Boards to mirror national Board strategies, e.g. working with employers and learning organisations and enhancing profile

The above Boards were formally launched on 1 October 2013.