All branches of the Women’s Institute have a committee that organises monthly meetings, books speakers and deals with the administrative nuts and bolts. Our current committee was elected at the AGM in May 2018.
If you want to know a bit more about us, read the profiles below.
President: Loraine Charles
Vice President/Social Media Co-ordinator: Nancy Nunn
Nancy is a practising osteopath who also teaches paediatric osteopathy in the UK and abroad. Together with her husband, she runs Nunhead Osteopathy Practice. She also works for a charity offering low cost treatment to children and pregnant / new mothers. As someone who works using her hands, Nancy’s interests involve doing things: gardening, knitting, cooking. She has a passion for photography and combines this with her interest in the outdoors and nature. Somewhat allergic to the idea of exercise but aware of its health benefits, Nancy cycles when commuting and has been persuaded of the benefits of Chi Kung / Tai Chi so can be found practising on Peckham Rye. Nancy has lived in Nunhead for a couple of years (transplanted from Essex) and joined the WI because it sounded like a great way to meet and make local friends, whilst learning and having fun.
Secretary/MSC Rep: Laura Moffat
Laura is a domestic goddess who hails originally from Edinburgh although has lived in London for over 20 years, and has lived in East Dulwich for the past 10 years. Laura spent much of her life, before having her daughter Molly, as a Marketing and Events Organising guru for Architects. She enjoys walking outdoors with her dog Oscar, her wee minature Schnaunzer, when she isn’t working from home as a Virtual Assistant/PA. Laura loves all things artistic and particularly enjoys catching a new exhibition whenever the opportunity arises. She has joined the WI to meet interesting and like-minded women and would like to become more active in her community.
Assistant Secretary/Social Media Co-Ordinator: Bridie Cox
Bridie has lived in East Dulwich / Peckham with her husband for seven years. She is currently on maternity leave and enjoying all the activities the area has to offer (probably, she suspects, more than her son does…). A lover of all things outside, she can usually be found pottering in the garden. Working in compliance for longer than she can remember, she can be a stickler for the rules but tries to make up for it with her more wholesome hobbies – travelling, reading, cooking, being by the sea and sitting in the pub on Sunday afternoons.
Treasurer: Sarah Miller
Photo and profile to follow.
Assistant Treasurer: Lauren Phillips
Lauren has been in the Women’s Institute since 2011 and counts it as one of the best decisions she has ever made. She is a Registered Nurse, and moved to Nunhead in 2014 to discover the novel ways in which Londoners can injure themselves. The friendship and fun gained from being in the WI has kept her jolly throughout training as a nurse, working shifts and moving to the Big City.
She loves to learn about financial literacy and saving money in the home, and has spoken to two WIs about her cost-cutting tips. This interest has driven her to join the Committee as Assistant Treasurer. She enjoys sewing, including working on our WI Banner, and tries hard to honour the cake rota and make nice gluten-free cakes for meetings! As a guitarist and singer of upbeat tunes, she has performed at many local pubs and festivals, and is in a choir. She believes strongly that there should never be fewer than four types of cheese and at least four library books in the house at any given time. She is married and has recently had her first child.
Speakers and Events Co-Ordinator: Claire Sheppard/Zoe Berrisford
Claire runs her own research business from Nunhead and has lived here for about 18 years. She is the doting human of Hurley the chocolate lab, mum to Joe (the first of several Nunhead WI babies now!), wife of Steve of Shep’s Sports Massage. She’s also a bit of a hippy, loves cakes, capes, reading, ranting and making merry. She is proud to return as President of Nunhead WI after a hiatus due to cancer, she enjoys fundraising for the Cancer Centre at Guy’s to thank them for saving her life. She’s also glad her Dad got to see her become President as he finally believed she was doing something with her politics degree but mainly because of a long standing belief that WI women are women who Get Stuff Done. And we do!
Team Cake Co-Ordinator
Claire has lived in Nunhead for 4.5 years. She works for a professional services firm and recently moved internally to advise on change and transformation after advising clients for many years. When Claire has free time she loves planning her next holiday, going to a gallery or having afternoon tea with friends. Claire enjoys watching live sport and went to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and has been to all 4 tennis grand slams around the world. Claire recently baked a vegan banana bread for the Peckham summer fete that was “Magnificent” according to one customer. Claire is Team Cake coordinator and ensures our star bakers supply tasty treats for each WI meeting.