- To promote ourselves and our profession in a positive light by encouraging self-development and by promoting awareness of the profession
- To have pride in ourselves as professionals and add value to the organisation in which we work by sharing relevant information and helping each other to acquire the tools to achieve professional success
- To promote the mission of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and seek to elevate the status of female members as well as advance the best interests of our profession generally
Fiona Otika – President
Fiona has been an AWCS committee member since 2013 and has held the roles of Treasurer, Vice President and is now President. She qualified as a Chartered Secretary in 2010 and is currently Assistant Company Secretary at Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited. Fiona has over 9 years’ company secretarial experience in financial services.
Katie Ellis – Vice President
Katie has been an AWCS committee member since 2013 and held the role of Treasurer during 2016, she is currently Vice President. Katie has over 8 years’ company secretarial experience in listed companies and professional services. She is currently Assistant Company Secretary for Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC.
Carly Brazier – Committee Secretary
Carly joined the AWCS committee at the beginning of 2016 and was appointed committee secretary at the AGM in April 2016. Carly is currently Assistant Company Secretary at Novae Group plc and has over five years’ company secretarial experience in both listed and financial services companies.
Henal Patel – Membership Secretary
Henal joined the AWCS committee at the end of 2015 and was appointed committee member and membership secretary in 2016. Having completed her law degree and legal practice course, Henal made the decision to pursue a career as a chartered secretary and joined an accountancy firm to complete her training. Henal’s work experience is primarily in professional services and gets involved in a variety of projects from legal compliance to corporate restructures and business development. Henal is currently an Assistant Manager at Smith & Williamson LLP, a top 10 accountancy firm.
Tiana Joannou – Committee Member
Tiana joined the AWCS committee in 2015. Tiana is a Chartered Secretary with over 15 years’ experience in both PLC and law firms. For the last eight years, Tiana has been the Assistant Company Secretary forp First Quantum Minerals Ltd, a mid-tier Canadian listed mining company, at the London corporate office. Prior to that, she practised securities law at DuMoulin Black LLP and litigation at Church & Company, both boutique firms in Vancouver, Canada.
Beth Hargreaves – Treasurer
Kim Hyun-Kyung – Committee Member
Dagmar Morávková – Committee Member
Louise Park – Committee Member
Louise joined the AWCS committee in 2013. Louise is a Chartered Secretary with over 15 years’ experience in public, private and not-for-profit companies both in the UK and overseas. Louise set up Virtual Company Secretary Limited in 2016 which provides part time secretarial support & advisory services to a wide variety of client companies.
Hina Patel – Committee Member
Maddie Scrafton – Committee Member
Maddie joined the AWCS committee in 2017. She is a Chartered Secretary with over 10 years’ experience within publicly listed and private companies, across a variety of industries including financial services. Maddie was the Company Secretary for an AiM listed group before moving into professional services and joining EY to run the UK Company Secretarial team.
Nicola Clargo – Committee Member
Nicola joined the AWCS Committee in 2017. Nicola is a Chartered Secretary with over 10 years experience primarily in Financial Services as well as the NHS and Housing. She also holds an MSc in Corporate Governance and Ethics. Nicola is currently Assistant Company Secretary at Schroders.
The Association of Women Chartered Secretaries changed its name from the ICSA Women’s Society at the 2006 AGM. The AWCS was originally formed to provide a platform for female members to contribute positively to the development of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).
The first President of the AWCS was appointed in 1947. Although she was able to attend proceedings of council of the ICSA, she had to listen in from behind a curtain. Fortunately, times have moved on and female members are able to sit on the ruling body of the ICSA.
The AWCS has also refocused its aim with changing times making it still very relevant for female members of the ICSA. Its purpose is to promote those attributes that women bring to an organisation and provide a forum for members through self-help, shared education, support and networking.