The WEA is a charity, with a single body of Trustees which is responsible for all aspects of governance. The WEA's twelve trustees are collectively and individually responsible for the management of the WEA's assets and resources at all levels.

The WEA's Trustee body is made up of:

  • Four National Officers
  • Three representatives from the WEA's Regions in England.
  • One representative from WEA Scotland.
  • Four externally co-opted Trustees (including the Chair)
     

WEA Trustees

John Widdowson, Chair of Trustees  |  View biography
Lynne Smith, President & National Officer  |  View biography
Pat Kynaston, President Elect  |  View biography
Cliff Allum, Treasurer & National Officer  |  View biography
Lindsay Pearson,  Deputy President & National Officer  |  View biography
Marc Sherland, Deputy President & National Officer  |  View biography
Michael Crilly, WEA English Regional Representative  |  View biography
Robin Cook, WEA English Regional Representative  |  View biography
Peter Threadkell, WEA English Regional Representative  |  View biography
Marion Flett, WEA Scotland representative  |  View biography
Narinder Uppal, Externally co-opted Trustee  |  View biography
Jon Gamble, Externally co-opted Trustee  |  View biography
Geoff Layer, Externally co-opted Trustee  |  View biography

Download the Governing Document of the WEA.
 

WEA Council

The WEA Council is the key forum linking communication and governance within and across the Association. Its purpose is to practically demonstrate the democracy of the WEA particularly between Conferences.

The Council is made up of two representatives from each English Region (3 from Scotland), including the Regional Chair/Scottish Convenor. The Trustees are represented on the Council by the President and one other Association Officer. The President takes the Chair. There are 5 additional places available to represent work outside the branch programme or particular groups of members and two staff representatives can attend.

The main activity of the Council meeting is considering issues raised by members, volunteers, staff and students across the WEA including regional committees and affiliated organisations but ensuring the views of all (including minority voices) are heard.

The Council is able to make recommendations to the Trustees on policy and strategy.

To contact WEA Council with any issues you wish to raise, please email national@wea.org.uk.