I got involved with WEA in 2008 having spent all my working life as a teacher and knowing the power of education to change lives. I have been a life long learner completing an Open University degree and Masters at Northumbria. More recently while elected to represent Co-op members in Durham I completed the Certificate in Co-operation.
I have had a long term interest in Fairtrade, set up a Young Co-op and as a Co-op committee member have spoken to community groups on this and Co-op heritage topics. I am an enthusiastic volunteer in regional projects with a particular interest in Co-op and WEA North East history.
I became Chair of Durham Branch in 2009, and in 2012 co-ordinator of the successful Durham WEA Study Group; Politicians, Thinkers and Activists. We help promote WEA each year at Durham Miners’ Gala. I am involved with Education 4 Action which seeks to advance political discussion and raise awareness of our heritage in the historic Miners Hall, Redhills, Durham.
In 2014 I was North East and National WEA Volunteer of the Year.