NCW Elects a new President

At the Annual General Meeting on October 8, at Leamington Spa, Gwenda Nicholas, who has so ably steered the National Council of Women GB for the last three years, handed over the chain of office to her successor, Dr Andrena Telford.

Andrena was educated in Scotland up to the age of 15, at which point her family emigrated to Canada. There she attended school and then university in Quebec province, obtaining an Honours degree in English and History. After teaching for a year at a school in New Brunswick, she returned to Scotland, to do a Master’s degree in English Literature at Edinburgh University. She spent two years thereafter with a Canadian Government project in Prince Edward Island, designing and running programmes of basic skills and personal development for unemployed and disadvantaged adults.

After marrying, she returned to the UK and embarked on a career largely spent in various forms of education: teacher in a junior secondary school in Glasgow, community tutor at a community school in Cambridge, lecturing to university and WEA adult education classes, and eventually Senior Lecturer in the Business School at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, where she taught on Human Resource Management and Management Development courses for 20 years before retiring. She had a brief period as General Secretary of the National Association of Women’s Clubs, based in London, before embarking on her Ph.D. in adult and community education, first at Oxford and then at Durham University.

Andrena is married to Dr Bill Telford, also a Senior Lecturer, first at Newcastle University and then in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.

For the last three years she has been NCW’s Company Secretary and has thoroughly enjoyed working with Gwenda and the other members of Management Committee. She looks forward to continuing this excellent working relationship, and also is keenly anticipating getting to know more of the membership of NCW and to visiting other branches.