Jane Miles – President
Jane’s our President & a founding member. She’s been Vice Chair of Essex Fed’s Comms & Marketing Committee & Digital Storyteller, & currently manages their website and socials. Jane’s married with 2 ASD children & is active in the local community, including organising a Tudor Festival. A wannabe children’s author, a vlogger & L&D graphics consultant, Jane helps run our online groups. Her interests include films, geeky science, Asperger’s & being creative.
Viv Shooter – Treasurer
Viv is the current Treasurer for The Brentwood Belles WI. Having recently retired as Headteacher of a primary school she now has more time for social activities and enjoys being on the Belles committee. Retirement has also given her more time for her favourite activities, tennis and golf, as well as leading the Belles walking group. She is married with no children and if you don’t see her at one of our meetings she is probably on one of her many well-earned holidays.
Tricia Dyke – Secretary
As our secretary, Tricia deals with all correspondence and keeps members informed via the monthly newsletter. A former primary school Headteacher not quite ready to retire her red pen, Tricia works on a part time basis mentoring student teachers. She likes reading, dabbling in craft and singing in a contemporary choir. Tricia is determined to make the most of her leisure time and get outdoors as much as possible and so started up the Walking Group.
Margaret Webb – Membership Sec & Refuge Liaison
Margaret is a retired teacher, living in Billericay and is married with two sons. Margaret is our Membership Secretary and also coordinates our donations to the Basildon Women’s Refuge. She is a keen allotment gardener and swimmer, enjoying outdoor life and travel. Other interests are preserving the fruits of the allotment, crochet and reading.
Carol Allen – Craft Group & Swaps
Carol is our craft group leader and teaches all kinds of crafts. With Marion she runs the Swaps. This is Carol’s fourth year on the committee and she was also involved in the WI centenary fashion design project based at Kingston that resulted in designs she had input into being demonstrated throughout the centenary celebrations.
Liz Southgate – Minutes Secretary
Proud to be an ‘Essex Girl’, Liz joined the Committee last year. A huge Musical Theatre fan, she is President of Brentwood Operatic Society, having hung up her dancing shoes many years ago. Liz loves cats and all things crafty and volunteers behind the scenes at Brentwood Theatre.
Kirsty Halsey – Joint Social Media Secretary
Kirsty has been a Belle for several years and last year decided to join the committee. Kirsty runs her own successful jewellery making business online and felt that her experience could also be of use to the Belles and their social media presence.
Nikki Hatch-Lighterness – Joint Social Media Secretary
Nikki has been a Belle for several years and this year has decided to join the committee. As a blogger (All Things Spliced – all about travel and being a new parent), and copywriter, Nik felt she had lots of online social media experience to share that she could put to good use for the Belles.
Jane Snooks – Bookings Secretary