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.
Aurora joined the WI in April 2018 and joined the Committee the following month. More info and a photo to follow!
Joan is a New Zealander, bringing the percentage of Antipodeans on the committee to 40%… More info and a photo to follow!