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.

  • Mon
    6:15 pm

    Emily Carlisle, Beatriz de Araujo and Jo Hewitt of Baker & McKenzie LLP will focus on the significant areas of change and developing market practice which impact the drafting of the narrative sections of annual reports, as well as highlighting the issues to consider in the year ahead from an UK and pan-European perspective, which includes the 4th AML Directive and Corporate Governance reforms. They will also consider the approvals and publishing of statements which will be required to be approved and/or disclosed by legal entities during 2018.

    For more information please contact

  • Wed
    6:30 pm

    GDPR Panel Discussion

    Wednesday, 21st February 2018 at 6.30pm

    With the General Data Protection Regulation ('GDPR') coming into force in May 2018, the pressure is on for companies to ensure they are compliant with the legislation.

    The AWCS is pleased to announce that we will be holding a panel discussion with GDPR experts from varied backgrounds. The discussion will look to explain what the new legislation will entail as well as highlight the key topics for Board discussion and key actions Company Secretaries can take to prepare themselves for May 2018.


  • Tue
    6:00 pm

    You can’t just take the Corporate Governance Code and expect subsidiary boards simply to act as lower-level versions of the Group board. Although they have some things in common, the characteristics of subsidiary governance are too significant to gloss over.

    “Subsidiary governance” means different things to different organisations. Irrespective of your sector, please come and join us for an interactive and highly practical session looking at how Company Secretaries can approach the challenge of subsidiary governance, starting from a high-level and then working down into the detail.

    Please contact for more information

  • Sat
    11:00 amHide at the Bull, 4 Devonshire Row, London, EC2M 4RH

    The Seventy-Second Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) of the Association of Women Chartered Secretaries (the “AWCS” or “Association”) will be held at the Hide at the Bull, 4 Devonshire Row, London, EC2M 4RH on Saturday, 14 April 2018 at 11.00 a.m.

    Attending the AGM (MEMBERS ONLY) Registration will be open and tea and coffee available from 10.30 a.m. and proceedings for the AGM will start at 11.00 am. If you will be attending the AGM, please advise

    The meeting will be followed by lunch at the same venue, lunch is followed by a tour of Dennis Severs' House at 18 Folgate Street, E1 6BX.

    To reserve your place please contact


  • Tue
    6:15 pm

    The advent of the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive (EU NFRD) in 2017 has brought environmental and social reporting to the fore for many large organisations. Awareness of environmental compliance is escalating and investors are increasingly asking probing questions about the non-financial performance of companies. But how do you know if your organisation is meeting the wide range of mandatory and voluntary environmental reporting regimes? How can you build investor confidence?
    Join Julie Craig, Director of Reporting, and Martin Sedgwick, Principal Consultant, Carbon Smart who will take us through the rapidly changing environmental reporting landscape, and provide insight into best practice for 2018. For more information please contact

  • Tue
    5:45 pmMansion House, St Paul's and Blackfriars

    How to speak up, present your arguments well and influence others.

    We can own our expertise, and share it openly with others, from a place of wanting to add value and a willingness to engage. Or - we can sit comfortably silent, keeping our knowledge and insight to ourselves, waiting to be asked.

    Your opinion does matter.  Your views are unique to you, your thoughtful voice is your gift and when you own your voice and speak up, you are an integral part of driving change. Change is vital for yourself and others, for your business.

    Karen Kircher will give thoughtful insight into how can you have greater influence in your business environment and what holds you back from challenging and speaking up in meetings.

    Contact: by Tuesday 29 May 2018. 

  • Thu

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