Chelgate CEO Michael Hardware appointed President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists

Michael Hardware, Chief Executive of Chelgate Corporate, was appointed President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIOJ) at an event at the Reform Club on 24th February 2022. His two-year term follows his two-years serving as Vice-President, and membership of the Institute’s Council since 2012.

The CIOJ is the world’s oldest professional body for journalists, established under a warrant from Queen Victoria in 1890. Two other warrants from Queen Elizabeth II were also granted, the last in 1990.

Michael’s focus during his term as President will be on increasing membership and the creation of a ‘Chartered Journalist’ status for members. This will provide differentiation in a highly competitive market and increase standards within the industry. Providing a career path and aspiration will also attract younger members as they see journalism as a true profession.

Previously, Michael has been responsible for the development of a long-term strategy for the CIOJ, addressing the poor perception of journalism, the ongoing shift in publications due to technology, and the lack of young people seeing journalism as a profession.

Terence Fane-Saunders, Chelgate Executive Chairman commented: “Michael is, by any standards, an outstanding communications professional. In our work at Chelgate we need to ensure that our communications meet the highest standards of journalistic accuracy, clarity and integrity. Michael has consistently ensured that we do so.”

Famous members of the Institute include George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill. More recent members include Kate Adie and education minister, Robert Halfon MP.