Lindsay Pearson,  Deputy President & National Officer

Lindsay has been involved with the WEA for some 40 years. He started as a student and joined a local Committee running classes and discussing matters with colleagues in East Kent and wider. I have also been a member of Council and a nominated Trustee Committee member before first being elected as a Trustee in 2016.

Until a few years ago he combined his WEA work with a full time local Government role as a Town Planner, retiring as Chief Planning Officer of a District Council in Kent. Prior to becoming a planner Lindsay worked in architecture, as a youth worker, a community worker and also in an academic research team. 

He holds a BA (Hons) (SocSci), an MSc in Urban Planning Studies, a Postgraduate Diploma in Town Planning and am a retired member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. and runs an annual Industrial Archaeology Day School for his local archaeological and historical society. For many years he was the local Amnesty International Group Secretary and a case co-ordinator and volunteer case/campaign trainer. 

Lindsay devotes much of his volunteering energy to the support and growth of the WEA. He says 'Education is, in my view an inalienable right, and one which WEA must continue to fight-for especially for those who, in the past, the formal schooling system has failed to support as well as it should'.