Our Committee

IMG_0191.JPG - Version 2 Jen Thomson – President
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.
Penny 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.
Sue Crump – 
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.
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Sara Stevens 
Sara is a Management Accountant in the NHS and recently became a mum. She’s also been a member of Girl Guiding since an early age & is now a Leader at a Brownie Unit. In what little time is left, she loves to try out different craft projects with the majority of ideas coming from her love to browse Pinterest!
Odette Jacobs –  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.
Bev Smith – Cake Club Lead
Bev loves spending time with her little family, dancing around like no one is looking, going on long leisurely walks and eating, eating and more eating! A busy bee in Insurance, with the time between playing with a toddler and a love of baking, she is attempting to knit when she can!
Chris Hayes 
Chris is a Primary School Teacher who after many years in a Key Stage 1 classroom, made the move to supply teaching to enable her to take an active role in the lives of her four grandchildren. She loves everything craft and particularly enjoys learning new ones. Chris knits with enthusiasm but not always success!
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 si 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.

Sotonettes header twill topPast Sotonettes Presidents:

2014-17 Katrina Kemp
2013-14 Hannah Farmer
2012-13 Emma JefferiesSotonettes header twillThe 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.