I have been a member of WEA Regional Committee since 2011. Prior to that, I was active in union workplace learning for over ten years as a UNISON Learning Rep, work for which I was awarded an MBE in 2008. I have been involved with local Community Learning Champions initiatives both as a mentor and a tutor. I am currently chairing a working group in WEA NE region looking at the development of volunteers.
I’ve been a WEA voluntary member, student, tutor, historian and Regional Director. I helped set up a WEA Green Branch in the North East, linking the Association as lead partner with a £1 million Big Lottery Communities Living Sustainably project naming Greening Wingrove. My other interests include promoting co-operatives.