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01 Jun 2011

Nominate members for CFA UK’s Board

Elections to CFA UK’s Board take place each year at the society’s AGM. This year’s AGM will be held on Tuesday 8th November. The society’s Nominations Committee is now seeking recommendations from society members for Board candidates. The committee’s objective is to propose potential directors most likely to represent and serve the society well, who will provide the society with a Board that reflects the society's diverse membership to a reasonable extent and who will assist the society to achieve its objectives. To forward potential nominees for the committee’s attention, please email info@cfauk.org including ‘nominations committee’ in the subject line. Your message should provide the name of your nominee and provide a brief description about why the individual should be considered.

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The CFA Society of the UK (CFA UK) serves society’s best interests through the provision of education and training, the promotion of high professional and ethical standards and by informing policy-makers and the public about the investment profession.

The society supports the CFA Program®® and is the awarding body for the Investment Management Certificate (IMC), the UK’s leading entry level qualification for investment professionals. The society also supports the ASIP designation that was awarded to those passing the Associate examinations of the IIMR.

Founded in 1955, CFA UK represents the interests of roughly 10,000 investment professionals. CFA UK is part of the worldwide network of member societies of CFA Institute (the global, not-for-profit association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials, and awards the CFA and CIPM designations) and is the largest society outside North America.

CFA UK members work across the investment profession. While the most common roles for members are portfolio manager and research analyst, members occupy a wide variety of positions and work for many different types of firm. Similarly, the society's portfolio manager and research analyst members cover the entire range of asset classes and specialisms. Their common characteristic is a determination to practice and uphold the highest level of professional and ethical standards.

The society was founded in 1955 as the Society of Investment Analysts. At its inception, there were six founding members. Membership had grown to 180 within a year (despite a restriction on the number of members per firm) and had increased to 500 within five years. By the time of the society's first name change - to the Institute of Investment management & Research (IIMR) - in 1992, the society had just less than 3,000 members. As at May 2012, the society had more than 10,000 members.

Throughout its early years, the society built close links with analyst societies in Europe and North America and was instrumental in developing formal training for analysts and investment managers. The society's Associate examinations were introduced in 1979 (complementing the diploma examination that had been established earlier) and the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) was launched as the benchmark examination for investment management in April 1994.

The IIMR and the London Society of Investment Professionals (LSIP) merged in August 2000. LSIP had been founded several years earlier as the member society for CFA Institute members in the UK. The merged society was initially named the UK Society of Investment Professionals, but was renamed CFA Society of the UK in November 2007.