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.
The Committee organises events, at least monthly, ranging from technical, personal development and social events.
Thu27Jun20136:00 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 http://www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/ If you would like to attend this event please email email@example.com by Friday 21 June 2013, all attendees MUST register in advance. Attendance is free for Members and £30 for Non-Members.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a flyer by Thursday, 7 November 2013.
Tue10Dec20134:30 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 email@example.com for an application form by Friday 29th November 2013.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Tue28Jan2014BDO 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 email@example.com by Thursday 23 January 2014. Fees are £20 for members and £25 for non members.
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.
Wed10Sep20146:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 5 September 2014.
Tue23Sep2014ICSA, 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.
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 email@example.com for an application form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a flyer.
Tue02Dec201415:30 - 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.
Do you ever find that you are too tongue tied to get your point across?
The AWCS would like to invite you to a practical and interactive session on presentation skills, so you can get your messages across clearly, concisely and with confidence. This is a key skill required by all Company Secretaries – whether you’re selling yourself at an interview, presenting to clients or briefing the Board on a key item.
Our guest speaker for this event is Simon Bucknall, twice UK & Ireland Champion of Public Speaking and an experienced Executive Speaker Coach.
Please note that spaces for this event are limited and applications will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
If you are interested in attending this event please contact email@example.com for a flyer.
Thu19Mar20156:00 pmICSA, Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS
The Sixty-Ninth Annual General Meeting of the Association of Women Chartered Secretaries will be held at the offices of ICSA, Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS on Thursday, 19 March 2015 at 6.30 p.m. This event is open to members only. The Notice of AGM, Report of the Committee and the unaudited accounts for the year ended 31 December 2014 have been sent to members. If you will be attending the AGM, please advise Celia Whitten, the Secretary, for security purposes and confirming numbers to the venue, by Thursday, 12 March 2015 either by e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvey Coleman's research shows that being good at your job only counts for approximately 10% of the necessary criteria when it comes to being promoted. Janet Cooper and Shirley Cooper, our guest speakers for the evening will be explaining why it is so important to raise your profile both internally within your organisation and externally, and how best to do this.
The session will aim to cover tips on conversing with your manager about your career prospects as well as what you need to do with your LinkedIn profile to ensure you stand out from the crowd.
If you are interested in attending this event please email email@example.com for a flyer.
Wed27May20156:00 pmICSA’s offices central London
This event is in association with the ICSA
Join us for another opportunity to hear about the findings of the recent ICSA report, The Company Secretary, Building Trust Through Governance, which explores the value of the company secretary and their impact in the boardroom.
In this event the ICSA Policy Director Peter Swabey will examine the report’s findings, and will explore perceptions of the role of the company secretary. He will reflect in particular upon the role the company secretary can play in delivering value to organisations, and the influential position the secretary holds in supporting the board and in being the ultimate guardian of governance.
This event is of particular relevance to AWCS members and also to chief executives, chairmen, risk and compliance officers, and finance and HR directors. Peter will offer practical insights into how to get the most out of the company secretary role in your organisation, the impact on the role of changes in business environment and the effect they are having for all players in the boardroom.
Time: Doors open – 6pm
This event is free to attend click here to register:
The AWCS would like to invite you to a practical and interactive session on effective minute writing.
Minute writing is often thought of as an art rather than a science and boards rely on their company secretary’s skill and judgement to produce a crucial record of the meeting. Despite their importance, there is limited guidance for company secretaries on the right amount of detail to include in minutes and how to produce them quickly and easily.
Pippa Begg of Board Intelligence, will be leading a panel discussion with company secretaries and legal experts Jane Earl, Victoria Penrice and Catherine Roberts to share their tips and tricks to produce effective minutes, and what to expect when minutes are externally examined.
If you are interested in attending please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a flyer.
Thu03Dec2015Portrait Restaurant, National Portrait Gallery
The AWCS Committee would like to invite you to their annual Christmas Tea. This year we will be sampling the delights of the Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery where the views are stunning. You might like to spend some time at the Gallery ahead of the event. Visit their website to see exhibitions scheduled for that day:
Given its central location, just off Trafalgar Square, we hope many of you will be able to join us as part of your pre-Christmas celebrations with perhaps some late night shopping to follow.
Please note that this is a members' only event. Places are limited so early booking is advised. The cost is £25.
If you are interested in attending this event please email email@example.com
Wed16Dec20156:00 pmICSA’s offices central London
Congratulations to winners of our raffle and many thanks to the sponsors:
Winner Prize Sponsor
Coral Bidel £200 Tiffany Voucher Computershare
Dagmar Moravkova Kindle Voyage BWW
Gemma Pridding £200 Hamleys Voucher Sterling FP
Jessica Mundy Fortnum & Mason Hamper Virtual Board Room, Perivan
Marsha Rennie 1 week timeshare Genius Methods
Lisa Scott £200 Spa Voucher Diligent
Umsilla Moodley Mini iPad Boardvantage
Congratulations to the team that won the cocktail making competition organised by Tara Wilson and Theresa Minnie the Judge of the best cocktail competition!
It was a great evening and hope everyone had a great time!
We are delighted to announce that we will be returning to Champneys for our seventh spa weekend at Henlow Grange in January 2016.
Once again we are able to offer either:
• 2 night stay from Friday, 8 January 2016 at a cost of £275 per person; or
• 3 night stay from Thursday, 7 January 2016 at a cost of £375 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.
If you are interested in attending this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a flyer.
An AWCS event with Addleshaw Goddard LLP.
With the finishing touches being put to 31 December annual reports, Will Chalk and Richard Preston will rehearse the significant areas of change and developing market practice on the key issues affecting the drafting of the narrative section of the annual report as well as highlighting the issues to consider in the year ahead. They will also consider the changes to listed companies' AGMs and what's on the horizon for Secretariats, including the EU Market Abuse Regulation.
Will and Richard are the authors of the annual market-leading Company Secretary's Checklist publication - The annual report of a listed company, a must-have for all company secretaries.
If you are interested in attending please email email@example.com for a flyer. Places are limited and priority will be given to AWCS members
Tue15Mar20166:15 pmBrewin Dolphin, 12 Smithfield Street, London EC1A 9BD
An event with Deloitte
Following the imminent implementation of the Senior Managers Regime ("SMR") for banking and the Senior Insurance Mangers Regime ("SIMR") on 7 March 2016, Gurdeep Rai from Deloitte's Financial Services Governance Group, will provide an overview on SMR and SIMR, followed by a discussion (with audience participation) on approaches taken by other firms to comply with, inter alia, the responsibilities/governance map, responsibility statements (including how Senior Manger Functions will be able to demonstrate their compliance with their responsibilities) and legal entity governance.
The event is of particular relevance to anyone in the financial services sector, given the remit of SMR/SIMR (shortly to be broadened to the wider financial services sector).
If you are interested in attending this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a flyer.
Sat09Apr201611:00 amThe Fable Bar & Restaurant, 52 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FD
The Committee would like to invite members to their Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 9 April 2016.
If you are interested in attending please contact email@example.com
Wed18May20166:15 pmRBS, Media Suite, Level 1, 135 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3TP
In response to feedback from our members, we are delighted to announce that Anthony Hilton will be joining us to talk about and answer questions on the effectiveness of Corporate Governance.
The OECD states that corporate governance involves a set of relationships between a company’s management, its board, its shareholders and other stakeholders. It provides the structure through which the objectives of the company are set, and the means of attaining those objectives and monitoring performance are determined. Good corporate governance should provide proper incentives for the board and management to pursue objectives that are in the interests of the company and its shareholders and should facilitate effective monitoring.
Anthony is currently the Financial editor of the London Evening Standard and is a regular contributor to ICSA's Governance & Compliance, in addition to acting as a pension trustee.
If you are interested in attending please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a flyer. Places are limited and priority will be given to AWCS members.Details to follow
Thu09Jun20166:15 pmThe role of a Company Secretary is key to the governance health of a Board. We will be holding a panel discussion to debate whether the attributes which Directors look for in a Company Secretary are always the same, or does it depend on factors such as the sector, organisational structure, and company culture.If you are interested in attending this event please contact email@example.com for more information.
Thu07Jul20166:15 pm41 Portland Place, London W1B 1QH
Congratulations to our raffle winners;
ICSA awarded a Kindle fire to Helena Whitaker
Computershare awarded a Fortnum & Mason Hamper to Andy Pike
Perivan awarded a Digital Camera to Jane Starling
Equiniti awarded a Fitbit to Matt Brimble
BWW awarded a voucher for the London Eye & afternoon tea to Valerie Evans
Brainloop awarded a voucher for the Champagne at the Shard experience to Vanessa Pobee
ICSA Software awarded a Jo Malone Voucher to Beth Hargreaves
Do you know your facts from your fibs? Think you know a lot about the history of London?
The AWCS is pleased to announce that we will be teaming up with London Liars' Tours for our annual summer walk.
The walk will start in the City at 6.00pm sharp and will tour the river looping both London and Southwark bridges. The tour will feature strange tales and a few porky pies involving London mayors, bridges, rivers and folklore.
Liars' tours are interactive walks involving prizes, forfeits and the opportunity to reclaim fibbing on the streets of London from politicians. At each stop, alongside some entertaining London stories, members of the tour read out two prepared scripts. One of these is true, the other not so much. The group then splits and chooses which story it thinks is the truth, those who choose the true story receive a token whilst those who get it wrong have to perform a light hearted forefeit. The person with the most tokens at the end of the walk wins a prize.
If you are interested in attending this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a flyer.
An evening update on the new data protection law which comes into effect from 6 May 2018. The GDPR will provide a one-stop shop, standardising data protection across all EU Member States. The Information Commissioner has already advised that she is seeking assurances from the government that the same standards will apply in the UK following Brexit. The GDPR builds on existing data protection standards but introduces some new concepts around accountability and some new subject rights. Mandy Webster, a data protection specialist, will brief us on the highlights and some of the pitfalls.
Businesses have just two years to prepare for the upcoming changes. Who should attend: Company Secretaries, Compliance Officers, Risk Managers, IT Directors, Information Security Officers, Records Managers, Public and Private Sector Lawyers, Finance Directors, Human Resources Officers, Employment Lawyers and Freedom of Information Officers.
Get the latest insight into the new data environment by booking your place today. This event is valid for 1 ICSA CPD point.
If you are interested in attending this event please contact email@example.com for a flyer.
Tue01Nov20166:00 pmAn evening seminar focusing on the Market Abuse Regulation ("MAR") which came into force on 3 July 2016, and some of the practical challenges which have been encountered over the first three months since implementation. The session will commence with a high level overview of the MAR, which will then be followed by a panel discussion.The panel will comprise of Robert Adam, a Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP, who will share his experience of what Baker & McKenzie LLP have been hearing from their clients, Carolyn Sharpe, an Assistant Company Secretary at Rolls-Royce plc and Noëlle Colfer, Senior Counsel at British American Tobacco p.l.c., who will share their experience and the challenges which they have encountered.Get an update on the implementation of MAR booking your place today. This event is valid for 1 ICSA CPD point.
If you are interested in attending this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a flyer.
In association with Seamus Gillen of Value Alpha Ltd, the AWCS would be delighted if you would join us for an evening seminar focusing on Leadership Development for Company Secretaries.
At our session on 24 November 2016, Seamus will talk about how to address the areas of soft skill development which are necessary for Company Secretaries to increase their effectiveness in the areas employers consider business-critical. He will be joined by Alison Price, who will take attendees through part of the 16PF Psychometric Test, one of the techniques Alison uses with candidates. The practical coaching session will help colleagues understand how soft skills can be identified and nurtured as part of a professional development programme.
If you are interested in attending this event please contact email@example.com by Friday, 18 November 2016.
The AWCS Committee would like to invite you to their annual afternoon Tea. This year we will be dining under the magnificent roof and sampling the delights of the Great Court Restaurant at the British Museum.
We hope many of you will be able to join us as part of your year end celebrations with perhaps some late night shopping to follow.
Please note that this is a members' only event.
If you are interested in attending this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 18 November 2016.
Tue13Dec20166:00 pmPiccadilly Circus, London
Get into the festive spirit with the Association of Women Chartered Secretaries.
As our thoughts turn to the festive season, we would like you to join AWCS this December for an evening with some festive cocktails, canapes and games. There will also be some great prizes to win in our prize draw.
Taking place near Piccadilly Circus, central London from 6pm.
If you are interested in attending this event please contact email@example.com by Friday, 9 December 2016.
With the finishing touches being put to 31 December annual reports, Will Chalk, Nichola Griffin and Richard Preston will rehearse the significant areas of change and developing market practice affecting the drafting of the narrative sections of annual reports as well as highlighting the issues to consider in the year ahead. They will also consider the changes to listed companies' AGMs.
Will, Nichola and Richard are the authors of the market-leading Company Secretary's Checklist - The annual report of a listed company, a must-have for all company secretaries.
If you are interested in attending this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, 19 January 2017.
The AWCS invites you to a workshop with Anna Bateson on Situational Intelligence™, the ability to read and respond effectively to a situation. This approach recognises the probability of getting a desired outcome can be increased by investing effort in understanding each stakeholder’s motivations and building engagement and collective motivation.If you are interested in attending this event, please email email@example.com for a flyer.
Mon10Apr20176:00 pmICSA, Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London EC1N 8TSThe Seventy-First AGM of AWCS will be held at the ICSA, Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London EC1N 8TS. Followed by dinner at Blackhouse.Notice & Proxy will be sent to members shortly.
The FRC is conducting a comprehensive review of the Code, prior to a formal public consultation later in the year, in order to consider its future role in contributing to this wider agenda. This will cover three main areas, which inevitably are interrelated: the Code’s content, the balance between the principles, provisions and guidance, and how to improve the quality of reporting. If you are interested in attending this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 19 May 2017.
The AWCS will host an interactive session focusing on the breadth of career opportunity that a company secretarial skills set can deliver; learn how to maximise your career potential and succeed at interviews.
The session is most appropriate for current or potential ICSA Students, GradICSA and ACIS. Of course, all members and non-members are welcome, and bringing a colleague who is less established in their company secretarial career is positively encouraged.
The session will be lead by Caroline Evans & Robert Franklin. If you are interested in attending please contact email@example.com by Tuesday 13th June.
London's Hidden Pubs, Do you want to probe into the hidden places and forgotten nooks of the world's most elusive city? If intrigued, join the AWCS in exploring secret London, up creeping lanes, round out-of-the-way corners, past veiled islands of green. As The New York Times put it, the walk is "a highlight entertaining... blend of historical commentary and bizarre anecdotes laced with mildly scurrilous gossip about the past and present celebrities and defunct royals". We will be led by an experienced guide who will make the past become our present. The tour lasts two hours and will stop at one or two pubs en route, before finishing at a pub in Fleet Street.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Section 166 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) gives the Regulator the power to require firms to provide reports by skilled persons as one of its regulatory tools.
Being issued a section 166 by the FCA/PRA is something which has taken place more frequently over the last few years.
The AWCS invite you to an event with Vaughan Edwards from Medius Consulting who will talk about the rise of the Regulator and its powers, as well as a practical overview of what steps should be taken if your company is issued with a section 166 notice.
This session would mostly benefit those in roles within financial services as well as those in professional services positions. If you would like more information about attending please email email@example.com
The USA continues to be the UK's top international trading partner, especially now the UK is in the process of leaving the EU.
Whilst many companies are looking for alternative ways to do business outside of the EU, doing business in the USA still seems to be an unknown area for many company secretaries.
The AWCS invites you to an event with Andrew Moore from Computershare, who will talk about understanding legal entities in the USA, some key considerations and share examples of typical arrangements between UK law firms and US law firms as well as US Agents.
If you are interested in attending this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We've had to postpone the 14th November event until the 16th January.
The AWCS is pleased to announce that will be holding a joint event with the ICSA on the importance of stakeholder engagement.
ICSA: The Governance Institute and the Investment Association have worked together to produce a guidance note which is intended to assist boards in thinking about how to ensure they understand and weigh up the interests of their key stakeholders when taking strategic decisions. It identifies ten principles to guide the way boards approach these issues.
In this seminar, Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director at ICSA, will talk through the guidance and the principles that it identifies.
If you would like to attend this event please register via the following link https://www.eventsforce.net/icsa/1529/register
Tue05Dec20173:00 pmThe Wallace Collection
5th December 2017, festive tea 3pm-5pm at The Wallace Collection.
The AWCS Committee are delighted to invite you to their annual afternoon tea, to be held at The Wallace Collection, the former townhouse of the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford. The stunning courtyard of the Wallace Restaurant, an oasis in the heart of the West End, will be the setting for this year’s festivities.
Please note that this is a members' only event. Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis so early booking is advised. Please contact email@example.com
Tue12Dec20176:00 pmJewel Bar, Picadilly
12th December 2017, festive drinks from 6pm at Jewel Bar, Picadilly.
As our thoughts turn to the festive season, we would like you to join AWCS this December for an evening of bubbles, cocktails, canapes and games. There will also be some fabulous prizes to win in our prize draw kindly sponsored by Brainloop, Computershare, DMJ Recruitment, Lintstock & Treethorpe
Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis so early booking is advised. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Sat14Apr201811:00 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Tue05Jun20185:45 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: firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 29 May 2018.
Details to follow shortly.