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
    Henlow Grange

    9-12 January 2014 We are delighted to announce that we will be returning to Champneys for our fifth spa weekend at Henlow Grange in January 2014. Once again we are able to offer either:

    • 2 night stay from Friday, 10 January 2014 at a cost of £225 per person; or
    • 3 night stay from Thursday, 9 January 2014 at a cost of £325 per person.

    The price per person includes accommodation in a twin room, full board, a 25 minute massage, a 25 minute facial, a thalassotherapy session and use of all facilities. Unfortunately, single rooms are not available. Both occupants of a room should make the same choice of either a 2 night or 3 night stay. A deposit of £50 per person is payable by Friday, 24 May 2013 with the balance due by Monday, 25 November 2013. This event has proved very popular in the past and a form and cheque are necessary to secure your place. If you would like to attend this event, please contact with the subject “Champneys 2014” for a flyer. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Availability - places are limited and will be allocated on a strictly first come first served basis. Cancellation or curtailment - if you cancel your visit you will not have the opportunity to use the funds against another package and you may not receive a full refund. To protect your monies paid Champneys' own insurance cover may be purchased, in addition to the package costs, which is payable with the deposit. A summary of Champneys cancellation policy can be found on the Champneys website. Alternatively, individuals may have or wish to take out their own private travel insurance. Confirmation of booking, further details regarding payment of final amounts and information on booking additional treatments will follow. Please therefore provide an email address and postal address. The postal address will be passed on to Champneys. We are unable to take credit card payments.

  • Tue
    BDO LLP office

    eadership isn’t just for those with the title or position of leadership. Every person, in any given situation, is a leader of something. If leadership is about “a reciprocal relationship between those who choose to lead and those who decide to follow” what would a courageous leader look and feel like? Courageous Leadership is about who you are; your character, your heart, your resilience. Courageous leaders are clear in who they are and what they believe. They are intimately in touch with the passions that drive them and confident in what they have to offer the world. Courageous leadership means finding ways to succeed regardless of our circumstances. It means putting ourselves out there, facing our fears, doubts and potential ridicule all for the greater good. While many people may not like what is required to become an effective leader, very few regret what they have to go through to achieve it. Join us to learn more about how you can develop as a courageous leader. Your speaker - Karen Kircher has over 25 years’ experience in the areas of leadership and organisational development. Her particular area of expertise is that of emotional intelligence, helping leaders understand what drives their own beliefs, values and patterns of behaviour. Karen is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is on the Register of Competence in Occupational Testing through the British Psychological Society. Clients include MOL (Europe), Kiers, Anglian Water, CCLA, RSA, North Yorkshire Police, GSTS Pathology and various Local Government and NHS Health Care Trusts. The event starts at 6.15pm at the office of BDO LLP. If you are interested in attending this event please contact Kim Ramsey on by Thursday 23 January 2014. Fees are £20 for members and £25 for non members.

  • Thu
    Mall Galleries

    The AWCS annual summer party was held on Thursday, 3 July 2014 at the Mall Galleries and a great time was had by all. Guests were able to enjoy the opportunity to network with peers and catch up with old friends in this unique venue, whilst having the opportunity to view an all female artist exhibition.

    During the evening guests were provided with drinks and nibbles and handy gifts from our sponsors. Live background music helped to create the party atmosphere and the evening was topped off by excellent speeches from the AWCS President, Lucy Glover and the ICSA Chairman, David Venus. All guests were given raffle tickets on signing in and we are pleased to announce the lucky ladies who won the following prizes as:

    Fortnum & Mason’s Hamper – Elizabeth Holt
    Kindle Fire – Theresa Field
    Spa Day – Fiona Maccoll
    Theatre Tickets – Meg Ogunsola
    Afternoon Tea at the Ritz – Deborah King
    Spa Vouchers – Jennifer Palmer
    Champagne Glasses – Vicky Kilcoyne
    John Lewis Vouchers – Christine Campbell

    We would like to thank all of our members who attended the party and we hope that you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did.

    AWCS Committee

  • Wed
    6:00 pmThe Co-operative Group, 1 Angel Square, Manchester M60 0AG

    Data breach controversies such as the eBay scandal, making headlines of late, have made it clear that the handling and management of data is no longer a concern of merely the IT professionals.

    The ICSA North West branch and the AWCS would like to invite you to an upcoming session on data protection on 10th September in Manchester in which Mandy Webster, a lawyer and data protection consultant, will share practical hints and tips.

    In this session Mandy will cover the key pointers of good data management including:
    1. adopting a good data protection policy
    2. identifying one person to be responsible for data protection at a senior level
    3. training staff who handle personal data
    4. ensuring good privacy notices are available
    5. making sure that standard T&C's include data protection clauses.

    Date: Wednesday 10 September 2014
    Time: 6 for 6.30pm
    Venue: The Co-operative Group, 1 Angel Square, Manchester M60 0AG
    Cost: £10 per person

    If you would like to attend, please complete the attached application form and return it to Muriel Thorne at by Friday 5 September 2014.

  • Tue
    ICSA, Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS

    The AWCS would like to invite all ICSA students who are currently studying for their exams in November 2014 to join us for a study support session with the ICSA at the ICSA's office, Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS.

    Martyn Jones will talk about how to organise a successful programme of study and how to work with the study text to maximize your chance of success in the ICSA exams. This will be followed by two current CSQS students who will share their tried and tested approach to planning study and preparing for the exams. The session will end with Q&A to all our speakers.

  • Thu

    Managing cyber risk is a business-critical activity, and cannot be regarded as simply an IT issue.   Cyber risk is different from other types of risk due to the rapid evolution of technology and the resulting fundamental changes in the way business is conducted.  Every day the media report another organisation which has been a victim of a cyber-attack.  This usually results in loss of corporate data, intellectual property or customers’ financial details.  The consequences have varied from regulatory fines and reputational lost.  Businesses and government need to understand where the key cyber risks exit in their organisation, how to detect them and how to protect themselves from this raising threat.  Is this on your board’s agenda and do you have necessary control procedures in place?

    The AWCS has put a panel together of people who have vast experience in this area and will examine the tactics that companies are adopting to deal with the increasing threats of cybercrime to business.  They will look at how to identify and mitigate the risks and provide us with practical strategies for reporting on cybercrime.

    Questions for our panel members can be submitted in advance of the event by Monday 22nd September but please note not all questions may get covered. However, our panel members may be available after the discussion to answer any questions over drinks.

    The panel comprises:

    • Jane Jenkins, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Massimo Cotrozzi, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, Ernst & Young
    • Marcos Castro, Company Secretary, London Metal Exchange

    If you would like to attend the event please email Sam Legg at for an application form.

  • Thu

    The AWCS invites you to attend a presentation by Baker & McKenzie who will be providing an overview on corporate and tax considerations for a company from its inception to its dissolution, including exploring the common considerations and issues which may be encountered during the course of the company’s existence.

    The session will explore issues around:

    • entity types;
    • managing group structures via its control and processes;
    • capital maintenance;
    • distributions (including creation of distributable profits); and
    • considerations to be taken into account prior to dissolving a company.

    Your speakers will be Emily Carlisle, Richard Needham and a member of the tax team.

    For more information please contact Hina Patel at for a flyer.

  • Tue
    15:30 - 17:00House of Lords

    The AWCS would like to invite all AWCS Members and guests to join them at the House of Lords on Tuesday, 2nd December at 3.30pm until 5.00pm for afternoon tea (please arrive at 3.15pm). Tea will be held in the Cholmondeley Room at a cost of £10 to members and £20 to non-members. Each member may bring along one guest to this event.

    The AWCS is delighted, and honoured, to have Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe sponsoring our Christmas afternoon tea, which has become a highlight of the AWCS’s annual calendar and promises this year to be a real treat. Baroness Grey-Thompson or “Tanni” will be well known to many as one of our most successful paralympians, having competed in five Paralympic Games where she won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds. She has also held more than 30 world records. She was born in Cardiff, Wales and graduated from Loughborough University in 1991 with a BA (Hons) degree in Politics and Social Administration. She is an active member and patron of numerous charities.

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