Karen is joint president alongside Naeha, she lives in Uckfield with her current husband (number 2) two stepsons and one black cat called Ember. She moved here in 2004 and managed to convince her husband to join her in the country life in 2006.
They now operate their business in the construction industry working with glass fibre from Uckfield. Keen to be involved in the local community and in particular with the WI.
She likes to read, grow veg, cook and will preserve almost anything.
Naeha is joint president alongside Karen, she lives in Uckfield with her husband and 2 children.
She had enjoyed being involved with the WI as it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and try lots of different activities she would not otherwise perhaps get the chance to try.
She loves Gin, board games, quizzing, cooking and shopping :) due to the time these things take up and with work and kids she has decided she doesn’t have time for the gym 😊
Heather was a member of the senior leadership team for the Financial Services Authority (as was) and had responsibility for the Estate, Corporate Security and Business Continuity. She was key in supporting the financial sector with planning against and managing a range of situations such as the 2005 July 7 bombings, the financial crash of 2008 and the flu pandemic, 2009.
Heather moved to Uckfield 11 years ago, and on having her two children decided to become a stay at home Mum. Since then she has been an active member of the community acting as a trustee for a local preschool and the Primary school her children attend. Heather wanted to be part of the WI to be able to focus on something purely for herself. She likes to have a drink and a laugh with like minded people and enjoys the opportunity to learn new things, although crafts are not a particular strength!
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Katy has lived in Uckfield with her husband and daughter since 2007.
10 months after they welcomed their baby daughter to the world they moved to New Zealand for 2 and a half years, her husband was assisting the rebuild of Christchurch following the devastating earthquake in 2011.
On her return from NZ she wanted to push herself to make new friends the WI seemed the perfect opportunity to meet and has met great new friends.
She loves cooking especially Asian food, has taught herself to sew and more recently knitting. She loves a good page turner of a book and a chat at the WI book club. Last summer Katy completed her first half marathon and aims to dust of her running shoes in the year to come.
Leasa is the founder of Uckfield WI and recently stepped down after 4 years as President. She moved to Uckfield 11 years ago and lives with her husband and 2 young children.
She started the group because she believed in the ethos behind the WI and wanted to meet like minded women, do something good in the local community and have a laugh.
She loves cooking, eating and gin and because of those she has also recently joined the gym.
Anne - aka Annie - moved to Uckfield almost 10yrs ago from Suffolk and before then lived in Cornwall for a 5 years. She has 3 boys and is surrounded by football madness! She's been married to Golf Pro Nick for 17yrs!
Squash is a favourite of hers and keeps her entertained. She's a qualified Nursery Nurse, has a diploma in Child Psychology but now turns her hand to photography which she loves!
Joining the WI has given her some much needed time out for herself away from smelly teenagers and grotty footy boots! Meeting new like minded ladies is also a big bonus - and we have converted her into a lover of GIN!!
Our secretary Tiffany has lived in Uckfield for the past 9 years and has three young children.
Aside from nappy changes, school runs and rarely sitting still, she loves to do anything creative but also enjoys a good evening in front of Netflix; often serial-watching programmes and getting through them in record time.
Music is also an integral part of her personality – she used to be a seasoned crowd surfer and is always on the hunt for new heavy music to enhance her current listening library!