William Duncan, CEng MICE CMgr MCMI

After becoming a Chartered Engineer in 2016, William Duncan wanted to demonstrate his management abilities and gain Chartered Manager status. Joining National Grid in 2012, he now manages budgets in excess of £100 million.

A leader is someone who innovates, who’s constantly thinking ahead and that’s what being a Chartered Manager brings.

William Duncan, CEng MICE CMgr MCMI, Project Manager, National Grid

William's Journey to Success

CMI interviewed William about his route to Chartered Manager:

Describe your route to becoming a Chartered Manager?
I joined the Chartered Management Institute as a Chartered Engineer. I'd demonstrated my skills and abilities and it was then a relatively straightforward three-month process to becoming a Chartered Manager.

What challenges do you have as a leader and how has being Chartered helped you overcome them?
For me, a key challenge of being a leader is to get my team to adopt new ways of working. Becoming a Chartered Manager has enabled me to look in-depth at my management style and how I’m able to flex my leadership style to get the most out of my team.

What have been the main benefits to you of earning Chartered accreditation?
The greatest benefit of becoming a Chartered Manager is becoming a more dynamic, more rounded and a more flexible leader. It’s now easier to see the skills and abilities I have. Also, to have the opportunity to this new world of training and networking events that helps you to sharpen your skills and really improve as a leader.

What would you say to someone considering becoming a Chartered Manager?
If you want to enjoy your working day more, then I would say become a Chartered Manager. Go through this challenging review process to prove your skills and abilities!

career steps

How has your employer used your Chartered status?
National Grid fully supported me through the process, both financially and in terms of peer support. They are more recognising of my skills and abilities and are now keen to put me into other positions of responsibility.

Becoming a Chartered Manager not only provides benefits to the individual, but also to their employer too. Ian Cartwright, Director of Capital Delivery, National Grid, tells us about the benefits he has seen William bring to the role.
As a Chartered Engineer, William’s ability and value to the business were already evident. Through the process of becoming a Chartered Manager, he has refined, challenged and grown his leadership skills. His agility in leading teams to success and delivering value for the business are now at the next level.

The Value of Chartered Managers

Chartered Managers make an essential economic contribution to the UK economy and businesses. In uncertain times, never has it been more important to ensure that all UK managers are professionally qualified to the highest level.

Becoming a Chartered Manager was a personal aspiration as my previous highest qualifications were trade based. The new approaches to management I learnt through achieving Chartered status and then brought to my day to day role were reflected in increased remuneration from my company.

Stuart Roberts CMgr
Associate Director, J B Fabrication (Wrexham) Ltd

Impact on Individuals

Average pay rise of a manager as a result of becoming Chartered


Impact on Businesses

Chartered Managers boost their business revenue by £62k each year and £310k over 5 years

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Impact on Economy

Additional contribution to the UK economy every year from each manager becoming Chartered

Start your own journey to Chartered Manager

Gaining Chartered Manager status involves reflecting on your recent workplace achievements and how you effectively apply your management skills to deliver positive business results.

Did you know that achieving Chartered Manager can take as little as a few weeks? Identify your route below and start your journey to become a Chartered Manager today.