Lucy - Joint President (and one half of 'Lula')
I moved to Brighton from London in 2013 and I love being beside the seaside! Since I got here I've done lots of fabulous things with the Brighton Belles, we are a marvelous group of ladies. For work: I help run an educational software firm which involves a lot of travelling; mostly I'm belting around the country in my little car, or jetting off to far away countries. When I'm home I like to cook, lift weights, make things and drink real ale.
Laura - Joint President (other half of 'Lula')
I moved back to Brighton in 2014 after having studied at the University of Sussex... Brighton is like a magnet, and there's no other place I'd rather be. I am in the privileged position of being co-President of Brighton Belles with lovely Lucy, and loving it. I live in cosy Saltdean and run my own company (arts/music/education). I feel so lucky to be a part of the Brighton Belles community.
Alanna - Vice-President
Mel - Joint Secretary
I moved to Brighton in 2014 and joined Brighton Belles as it looked like a lot of fun and seemed like a good place to meet some nice people. My first WI meeting was burlesque – about as far away from a ‘traditional WI’ meeting as you could imagine and rid me of my original opinion of what to find! I was lured to the committee by the promise of being able to start a book group, and soon after I took on the role of Secretary too. As Secretary I mainly take notes at meetings and write the monthly newsletter, so don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list for all the latest news from Brighton Belles HQ!
Catherine - Joint Secretary
I joined the Brighton Belles in 2014, and one of my first meetings was hula-hooping. And I enjoy a good book group! This is a great gang of ladies, and we have a lot of fun. I joined the committee to help out, and I am one half of the secreatry dream team.
Heidi - Treasurer and Membership Secretary
I’ve been a member of Brighton Belles since autumn 2010 and got involved in the committee pretty much straight away. I love trying new things and am really proud of the range of activities we pull together. I work in business psychology and am studying for a Masters degree, so I do a lot of my WI admin over my breakfast. I live in Southwick, a couple of stops west on the trainline towards Shoreham-by-Sea – most of the time I drive to WI meetings, so I’m usually drinking lime and soda water (very rock and roll). I live with my partner Rob, who is a beer sommelier, and my ginormous fluffy white cat, called Alfred.
JoI moved to Brighton from London with my husband two years ago and retired from my job as Corporate Events Manager for the University of Roehampton after 7 months of commuting hell. I joined Brighton Belles to make new friends, whilst doing something worthwhile, and it worked! My role in the committee is to support the Events Team. As well as having fun with BBWI, I enjoy walking, life drawing, Pilates and a glass of wine!
On moving to Brighton in the Summer of 2014 I wanted to meet some new people. Joining the Belles was the ideal choice. It is a fun group for all ages. It helped me settle back in the UK after living overseas for over 8 years. Now I am giving back to the group by joining the Committee and have taken over the running of the Book Group. When not out attending WI events I run a Property Development company with my brother. I love gardening, crafting, reading and playing golf badly (my 16 year old son can attest to this!).
I am Brighton born and bred but have just returned from living in Dubai for 17 years, so getting back to being a Brightonian meant making new friends and joining some clubs. The Brighton Belles seemed like a great place to start! I love the meetings, book club and the social aspect as well as the new friends I have made and am now on committee so getting more involved and loving it!
I’m Rehanon and I help out with PR and events on the committee. I like to think of myself as a woman around town. I’m as likely to be found sipping a cocktail whilst sashaying across a dancefloor as I am to be curled up in front of the fireplace at my local pub stitching and bitching with the girls. It’s the variety I enjoy in life that spurred me on to join the WI in 2012. The cross section of women you get to meet and the things we learn and take part in are so vast. I mean brewing one month, burlesque another. I also enjoy the charitable aspect of being part of the Brighton Belles, getting to give back to my local community which is hugely satisfying. When I’m not WI-ing, I’m freelancing in PR, being a seamstress or running up hills in preparation for my first marathon attempt. The one thing that ties it all together is that whatever I’m doing I’m usually doing it in leopard print. It’s a neutral don’t you know.