Our Committee

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Sue Crump – President
Sue before moving to Southampton, having spent several years living abroad. Her career was spent in Midwifery and Paediatric Nursing, which she fitted in around her children and many house moves as a military wife. She enjoys all sorts of crafts, walking, travelling, and meeting new people.


Penny Hollowell – Secretary and Book Club Lead

Penny spent her career in education in this country and abroad. She moved to Southampton fairly recently and has enjoyed getting to know all that the local area had to offer. She enjoys travelling and cycling and still teaches young children when holidays and family commitments allow.

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Jen Thomson – 
Jen enjoys reading and crafting small knitting projects when she has some spare time away from DIY and more commonly, working as an air traffic controller (it pays for all the new things she seems to need). Before looking after the planes in the sky, Jen was a PhD student in Chemistry at the University of St Andrews.

Odette Jacobs –  Vice President and Meeting  Manager
Odette is a primary school teacher trying to survive living with toddlers and a grumpy cat. Addicted to Pinterest, she really wants a dog and to finish a craft project one day.

Anne Jones
Before retiring Anne was an assessor of the learning needs for students with disabilities studying in higher education. Prior to that, she worked in education, the police and administration. At one point, Anne also had a very small side line going in writing quizzes. Then the magazine went bust! Since retiring, Anne is able to spend many happy hours, usually each day, engaged in my great love of writing.


Jenny Bisset

Jenny has had a career in education as a primary school teacher and in adult education. She is also a qualified dog groomer which is just as well as she is mad about her dog Bertie! She enjoys art and craft, and frequently goes on courses to learn new skills. During her free time she swims, dog walks and travels particularly abroad.

Georgina Board
Georgina is a retired nurse who enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and meeting friends for coffee or lunch.  She likes reading, holidays and supports her husband socialising and training Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

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Past Sotonettes Presidents:

2017- 21 Jen Thomson
2014-17 Katrina Kemp
2013-14 Hannah Farmer

2012-13 Emma Jefferies

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The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) lets each WI have individual control of some rules and regulations that govern the operation of a WI.  In our 2014 Annual General Meeting, our members voted for two new decisions to be added to the Sotonettes’ Constitution. These are:

1. As a token of appreciation, the Founders (Emma Jefferies, Cat Cooper and Somali Clarke) should be kept up-to-date on decisions and plans for the Sotonettes WI as long as they are members of the WI, whether they choose to stand for committee or not. This will be done through an open invitation to committee meetings and provision of the meeting minutes. They will only have committee voting rights if a committee member.

2. An individual may hold one of the four officer roles (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer) for no longer than three years.  After this time, the individual should relinquish this position. This decision does not prohibit the individual from standing for a different office or acting as a general committee member if they wish to continue on the Sotonettes WI committee.