About Us

  • 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
Email: president@awcsonline.net
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
Email: president@awcsonline.net
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
Email: president@awcsonline.net
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.

Nicola Clargo & Dagmar Morávková – Joint Membership Secretary
Email: membership@awcsonline.net

Henal Patel – Treasurer
Email: president@awcsonline.net
Henal joined the AWCS committee at the end of 2015 and was appointed committee member and membership secretary in 2016 and then treasurer in 2018. 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.

Chrissie Davis – Committee Member
Chrissie joined the AWCS committee in 2018. Chrissie is a Chartered Secretary with experience across a variety of FTSE100 companies. Chrissie went on to set up EXIMIA in 2012 and now has a team of exceptional creatives who help clients communicate their internal and external messages in the easiest possible way. Chrissie’s knowledge and experience of both worlds help to bridge the gap that often exists between them.

Venessa Denny – Committee Member
Venessa Denny was elected onto the AWCS in 2018 and has a wealth of governance experience in the not-for-profit and property management sector. Venessa has held a secretariat role for an All Party Parliamentary Group as well as a trustee for a School. Venessa holds a masters in Corporate Governance and is currently working for a Housing Association in the Governance & Compliance Directorate.

Anna Lonardo – Committee Member
Anna joined the AWCS committee member in April 2018. She currently works as Governance Manager at Intertrust where she is responsible for managing a portfolio of Corporate Services related clients/transactions. Prior to this, she worked for over five years in the corporate secretarial services. Anna has an LLM in Commercial Law, she is also a Part-Qualified Chartered Secretary, currently completing the Chartered Secretarial Qualifying Scheme (CSQS).

Charlotte Thomas – Committee Member
Charlotte joined the AWCS committee in 2018. She is a Part-Qualified Chartered Secretary, currently completing her CSQS and has almost 2 years experience in the professional services industry, offering both UK and Global subsidiary management services to clients. Prior to this, she worked for a national law firm. Charlotte is currently working within the EY Global Company Secretarial team and has experience across a variety of industries including oil & gas, retail, technology, energy and the financial services sector.

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 Company Secretary at the Bank of New York Mellon.



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.