Each WI is run by a committee which is elected at each Annual Meeting, which for us is in May. Meet our committee members for 2018-19:
Emma Watson, President
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, I moved to London for work as an architect in 2005, and since 2010 have been enjoying life in lovely Crouch End. I had always wanted to be involved in an organisation like the WI, inspired by my grandmother, who was an active member of and leader within the Country Women’s Association in Australia for many years, as well as a knitter and baker.
I’m proud to be President for a fourth term and am looking forward to working with our new committee to create a stimulating and fun programme of events!
Nina Jewell, Treasurer & Secretary
I am a qualified Local Government accountant with 25 years’ experience at both Hammersmith and Haringey Councils. I am also the Treasurer for my local Neighbourhood Watch.As I start to think about retirement, I am volunteering more and more as I find it rewarding and a great way to meet like-minded people. I have rediscovered knitting through the WI group and enjoy cooking for the summer fair. My other interests are collecting art by West Country artists and I am passionate about pottery from the Leach Pottery in St Ives.
You will often find me browsing the shops of Muswell Hill or the Antique fairs at Alexandra Palace in search of a bargain!
I trained as a Home Economics teacher and taught in a school in West London for several years before becoming involved in prison education in both male and female establishments. Following retirement from full time employment I have continued to teach part time. I was very encouraged to read of a WI being set up in a women’s prison and hope other prisons will welcome this initiative. I was delighted to find The Alexandra WI soon after I retired as I wanted to join a branch near where I live. I am pleased to have more time to enjoy hobbies, gardening, cooking especially making preserves, baking, knitting, cross stitch and tapestry. It is great being able to meet other women, who also have similar interests and are interested in discussing topics of a mutual interest.
A born and bred Londoner, I formerly worked in marketing and advertising operations before moving into education.
I’m now a stay at home mother to two children including our honorary member Bertie. I love the community that the WI brings and the preservation of women-only spaces (sorry Bertie!). I enjoy gardening, cooking and bringing my abundant creativity and mediocre skill set to all manner of crafts.
I was born in Auckland and bred in the country of New Zealand where the Country Women’s Institute played a part in my life. I worked most of my life in accountants’ offices. But I had a yearning to travel which took me to be Administrator/Teacher in a Bible College in Nigeria, with yearly trips to many parts of the USA, and London. I moved to London in 2014 to be close to my young grand children. I joined The Alexandra WI not long after as I enjoy meeting new people, love knitting, gardening, crocheting, embroidering, reading, writing and exploring the country side.
I’m now looking forward to more involvement in Women’s Institute activities!