History of the Chartered Banker Institute
We are founded in July 1875 as the Institute of Bankers in Scotland, with the aim of improving the qualifications of those engaged in banking and to improve their status and influence. Andrew William Kerr is appointed the first secretary. Annual Reports from 1876 may be viewed on application to the Institute.
The Scottish Banker magazine is launched
The Scottish Banker magazine is launched, now known as Chartered Banker magazine.
We celebrate our first 50 years
We celebrate our first fifty years by reflecting on the similar assistance we have given to similar bodies overseas, many of which were established on similar lines, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hungary, India and South Africa.
HM the Queen grants the Institute a Royal Charter
HM the Queen, on the advice of the Privy Council, grants a Royal Charter to us, to mark our contribution to banking education and continuing professional expertise.
Young Banker Launched
The Young Banker of the Year competition is established.
Continuing Professional Development is introduced
The first (voluntary) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements are introduced. They are now mandatory for most categories of member.
Granted the right to award Chartered Banker
The Privy council grants the Institute the unique right to award "Chartered Banker" status to suitably qualified members. The Institute publishes its first "Professional Ethics" textbook, the first to be published by a Professional body in the banking and finance sector.
The FEP is established
The Banking Education Partnership (now the Financial Education Partnership) is established to offer education to school children provided by our volunteer members - one of the first programmes in the U.K. By 2012, the Financial Partnership was delivering more than 800 workshops to more than 30,000 school children, all free of charge.
CB:PSB is launched
Responding to calls for increased professionalism following the UK banking crisis, we launch the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board (CB:PSB) initially with 9 of the UK's major banks covering some 75% of the UK banking workforce. The CB:PSB develops the first Code of Conduct for UK bankers, and commences work on developing detailed professional standards. These standards will set out the knowledge, skills attitudes and behaviours expected of all bankers.
Accredited Body Status Granted
We are accorded Accredited Body status by the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA). International interest in aligning to the values of Chartered Banker grows, as the Chartered Banker programme is launched in Asia with the support of the Institute of Bankers in Malaysia.
Membership Reaches 30,000
Membership of the Chartered Banker Institute reaches 30,000
Established the 2025 Foundation
The 2025 Foundation aims to identify and support talented young people who would benefit from financial and other support to start to pursue a career in banking.
Chartered Body Alliance Launched
Recognising our primary duty to the public of enhancing and sustaining professionalism in financial services, we launched the Chartered Body Alliance with the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
HM the Queen grants the Institute a new Royal Charter
HM the Queen grants a new Royal Charter, establishing our Institute as the Chartered Banker Institute, the UK’s professional body for bankers with growing global impact and influence.