Supporting the personal and professional development of Women Chartered Secretaries.

For the past 90 years we have been supporting the personal and professional development of women chartered secretaries.

AWCS members have access to a lively programme of educational, social and networking events. Our exclusive mentoring scheme enables those who are new to our profession to draw on the knowledge of more experienced members.

Upcoming Events

The Committee organises events, at least monthly, ranging from technical, personal development and social events.

  • Thu
    6:00 pmGarden Museum

    Thursday, 27th June 2013 Our Summer Party is a celebration of the AWCS for all our Members and a way of thanking those organisations that have helped us during the year by providing speakers, venues, refreshments or other support. We are delighted to confirm that this year our Summer Party is to take place at The Garden Museum near Lambeth Palace, a short walk from Westminster. Attendees will be able to enjoy drinks, canapés and musical entertainment in this beautiful setting. More details on the venue can be found on the Garden Museum website If you would like to attend this event please email by Friday 21 June 2013, all attendees MUST register in advance. Attendance is free for Members and £30 for Non-Members.

  • Mon
    6:00 pm

    Monday, 11th November 2013 at 6.00 pm Auto-enrolment and planning for your retirement! A year into the new automatic enrolment pensions regime, this seminar will explore experiences of planning for auto-enrolment, including the difficult legal and practical issues that many of us are now grappling with as planning moves into implementation. In addition, we will cover some of the key aspects you need to be aware of to help you plan for your own retirement. Your speaker: Sue Tye, is a Solicitor and Pensions Strategist at Baker & McKenzie's London Office and is a regular speaker on auto-enrolment. The presentation will cover issues such as: ? Who is a “worker” for auto-enrolment purposes; ? Staging dates – assessment and postponement; ? Contractual enrolment v auto-enrolment; ? Running auto-enrolment alongside flexible benefit packages and salary sacrifice; ? Retirement provision in the UK - State v Company/Personal Pension; ? Why pensions are a tax efficient way of saving for retirement; and ? Key points about the State pension reform to help you plan for your personal retirement. This seminar will be of interest to you (i) if your role involves, or is soon to involve, auto-enrolment planning, implementation and compliance and/or (ii) if you are considering your own personal retirement provision, whether you are to be automatically enrolled, self-employed or working on a contractual basis. Registration starts at 6.00pm on Monday, 11 November 2013 and the cost is £20.00 for members and £25.00 for non-members and guests. If you would like to attend this event please contact Hina Patel on for a flyer by Thursday, 7 November 2013.

  • Tue
    4:30 pmCharing Cross Hotel

    Tuesday, 10th December 2013 at 4.30 pm Every girl deserves a little bit of luxury...(especially at Christmas) The Committee would like you to celebrate the Christmas festivities in style by joining us for Afternoon Tea at the Capital’s most luxurious railway hotel, the Charing Cross Hotel on Tuesday 10th December 2013. Sandwiches, savoury snacks, scones, cake and tea will be served in the sumptuous restaurant area overlooking the Strand and a stone’s throw away from the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree. So go on treat yourself – you deserve it! If you wish to attend, please email Katie Ellis at for an application form by Friday 29th November 2013.

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