Our trustees

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 WEA matters with colleagues in East Kent and wider. He was the first Southern Regional Chair at the creation of the Region and has also been a member of Council and was a nominated Trustee Committee member before first being elected as a Trustee in 2016. Lindsay is Chair of the Education Committee.
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 town-planner Lindsay had 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 is a retired member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.  
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 have done. Never was there greater need to provide the widest range of adult education opportunities to support people in our volatile world.’

Lindsay Pearson, WEA Deputy President & National Officer
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