After winning the 2014 Young Adult Learner award, I met WEA Chief Executive, Ruth Spellman, and spoke to her about my passion to help others engage with education.
I’m involved with an educational charity aimed at encouraging women to get into science and I think this is a fantastic opportunity to introduce people to the WEA. Through adult learners I’ve been in contact with MPs and organisations; I aim to use these contacts to promote the WEA.
I have been involved with the WEA since 1990 and since then I have enjoyed the roles of Trustee and Deputy President, Chair of the Education Strategy Committee and Branch Chair.
As an ambassador, I endeavour to raise the profile of the WEA by speaking to potential students in the and by engaging with community groups.
I have worked for the WEA for 15 years, as a tutor organiser and then as Regional Education Manager for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and IT. I was responsible for the development of the Omega Centre and the redevelopment of the Clovelly Centre. I have been a volunteer in Southampton helping to develop a volunteer network and I am the WEA nominated trustee on the board of the Regents Park Learning Trust in Southampton.
Following my time as a student and my volunteer and project work in Slough, I received the Olive Cordell Cordell Skills for Life Student Award.
Following this, I was asked to be a WEA student Ambassador. With my links to the different communities in Slough, I hope to continue promoting the WEA’s courses and work. In doing so, I aim to bring new people to the WEA.
As a tutor, I introduce LDD students to music through a range of instruments and sounds. At the WEA Awards, I was named the Southern regional winner and decided to become an Ambassador. I’m passionate about adult-education and ensuring that this provision is made accessible for everyone. I look forward to taking on the role of WEA Ambassador.
I first came across the WEA when I chaired the WEA Parliamentary Event and hosted the 2012 inaugural Workers’ Educational Association Awards.
I am able to contribute to the WEA as an ambassador by speaking at public events and promoting the WEA through networks and the media.
I’m passionate about learning and how it changes lives. I taught in school for 5 years before moving into further and adult education. I worked in FE Colleges for 16 years and then spent 2 years as Lifelong Learning Manager in a North West Local Authority. In 2003 I joined the Campaign as Northern Regional Director, spent 10 years as CEO, and now work part-time as an advisor.