Management Team


Role: 2018-19
Name From
President Alison Driver Rossendale
Immediate Past President Maureen Howarthr Pendleside
President Elect Rosemary Hoyle Grange-over-Sands
Vice President tbc
Secretary Rosemary Hoyle Grange-over-Sands
Secretary – Elect Pat Sanderson Windermere
Treasurer Jean Priestley Blackpool
Development/membership Karen Rainford Preston
Programme Action Chair Isabel Huggett Grange-over-Sands
Federation Councillor Janice Carrick Grange-over-Sands
Minuting Secretary Andrea Baker Blackburn
Benevolent Fund Rep Alison Priestley Blackpool
#63 Rep Marion Fogarty Preston
Regional Lunch Co-ordinator Alison Priestley Blackpool
Website/Communications Joan Bailey Garstang

(The following items are in the process of being updated!)

President – Alison Driver

Regional President - Alison Driver

Regional President – Alison Driver

I became a member of SI Rossendale in 2012 having reached a time in my life when I wanted to contribute differently to my community and to make a difference. Finding out about Soroptimism and what it involved locally was challenging. I offered to create the club website and from there led the way for SI Rossendale to have an active social media presence.

I began a two year term as club president in 2016. One of my objectives during my presidency is to raise the profile of Soroptimism locally and translate that into increased club membership. So far so good! We have recruited four new members in the last two years.

As Managing Director of my own HR Consultancy Practice, my links to the local business community enabled me to advocate for SI Rossendale to sponsor the inaugural Enterprising Woman Award at the 2016 Rossendale Business Awards. This was a huge boost to our club profile and has generated contact from a number of women who have indicated they are interested in learning more about Soroptimism. I have enjoyed working with a number of clubs in the region and the Regional Executive to share our club’s social media experiences and hopefully helped to increase their understanding of the benefits that social media can bring for Soroptimism.

I am honoured to hold the office of President. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the Regional Executive to implement our three year development plan.

Immediate Past President – Maureen Howarth

Regional President Elect - Maureen Howarth

Immediate Past President – Maureen Howarth

Following my marriage in 1983, I moved house and my next door neighbour was Kathleen Rossall, a long serving member of SI Colne & Nelson. Despite our age difference we quickly became friends and she began involving me in Soroptimism and I attended social functions and Charter Dinners. Well and truly hooked I became a member later that year. The friendship, fun and constant support over the 33 years has been invaluable. I feel that the Club and Soroptimism has been part of my extended family.

I was instrumental in the change of our Club name from Colne & Nelson to Pendleside. This allowed us to encompass a wider area of our beautiful countryside, as well as recruit new members.

To represent the Club four times as President has been an honour and privilege.

Having recently retired as Head of Design and Technology at a local High School I can now enjoy some leisure time. This usually involves my voluntary work, travelling, cooking, wine appreciation and then walking off the excess!

The roles of Regional Vice President/ President/ Immediate Past President are a little daunting but I hope I will be able to meet expectations. One thing I can guarantee is that I will give the position 100% commitment.

Treasurer – Jean Priestley

Regional Treasurer - Jean Priestley

Regional Treasurer – Jean Priestley

I was introduced to Soroptimism by a friend in 2000 and shortly after became a member of SI Blackpool and District. The club was very quick to realize that my accountancy experience would make me an ideal candidate for club treasurer!

Later I was honoured to be club president for two consecutive years before becoming Regional President in 2011. In November 2012 I took up the post of Regional Membership Officer. As part of the role I’m hoping to support clubs and strengthen the Region.

Currently I work part time as Town Clerk for Medlar-with-Wesham Council. This gives me time to be a Soroptimist, Guiding as a leader and trainer, a Scout District Treasurer, a volunteer for the child contact centre, Pilates, learning Spanish ………..

Secretary / President Elect – Rosemary Hoyle

Regional Secretary / President Elect – Rosemary Hoyle

I joined SI Grange-over-Sands in October 2007 and by March 2008, I was their Secretary; a role which I held for six years. Immediately afterwards I became Club President until the end of April 2014, when I became Regional Secretary. I have learnt so much during this period, met many wonderful people and been to a lot of places I would not otherwise have visited, and I have really enjoyed my time as a Soroptimist.  I was honoured to receive my Regional President Elect chain at our recent AGM and am looking forwards to coming in as Regional President next year at Bournemouth.  Though somewhat daunting, I will give it my best shot.

I trained as a Secretary and have spent my working life employed in various secretarial and administrative roles for Kirklees MBC, Huddersfield (yes, I’m a Yorkshire woman), Natural England and am currently PA to the Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness, a part-time job which I enjoy very much.

I am also Secretary of my Church’s Parochial Church Council and sing in the church choir, Cartmel Choral Society and Cumbria Festival Chorus. I enjoy choral singing and have been involved in several choirs both in the Huddersfield area and now in the South Lakes area. My other interests are horses, knitting/cross-stitch embroidery and rock music.

Membership and Development Officer – Karen Rainford

Regional Membership and Development Officer - Karen Rainford

Regional Membership and Development Officer – Karen Rainford

I joined SI Preston in 2005 having given a presentation about a charity for which I was a volunteer.  It took me a while to settle in but when I did being a Soroptimist became important part of my life.  I have been President just the once (so far!) and now take part in most of the things going on in the club but have been central in organising the club’s social and fundraising events.  In fact, most people expect there to be a raffle if I attend an event.  I enjoy many aspects of our club – obviously the social and fundraising side but I also try and keep the web page updated and support and help in any way with our many PA projects.  Recently, we made over 500 little girls’ dresses from pillowcases and as one of the only two members with a sewing machine – I had little choice but to re-learn my long forgotten sewing skills.  I have volunteered to become Regional Membership and Development Officer and am looking forward to learning new skills and embracing challenges.

I was lucky enough to give up work in 1999 when I became a full time volunteer.  I supported several charities but in 2008, along with my husband and two friends, started our own charity.  Miles of Smiles gives treats to local youngsters who deserve a smile in their day. Many of these youngsters are young carers and we have organised some very special times for some very special youngsters.  More recently we have decided to have a slight change of direction working with our local hospice and organising ‘Making Memory’ smiles for families where one member has a short time to live.

What spare time I have is spent walking for miles in any weather with my dogs, Lily (pictured) and Nancy a Golden Retriever, going to the theatre, socialising with friends and family, reading and gardening.

Programme Action Chair – Isabel Huggett

Regional Programme Action Chair - Isabel Huggett

Regional Programme Action Chair – Isabel Huggett

I have been a member of SI Grange over Sands since 1985 and enjoy being in such an active club. I was Club President in 2010 and was Programme Action Officer from 2011 – 2013. I have led the EEVCR (Economic Empowerment Violence and Conflict resolution) group within club PA 2013 – 2015. I really enjoy being a Soroptimist and in particular Programme Action and I hope I can use my enthusiasm and organisational skills to good effect as Regional PA Officer.
I am currently the Administrator for Singing for Memory and enjoy the role as I can use my previous skills and experience helping at the weekly sessions, run by SI Grange.
I have spent my working life as a Consultant Physician specialising in Elderly Care, Stroke Medicine and Parkinson’s disease and retired fully in 2016.
I enjoy cooking, walking, running ( slowly) , sailing and canal boating.

Federation Councillor – Janice Carrick

Regional Federation Councillor – Janice Carrick

I joined SI Grange in 2008. I was retiring from work and although I had lived and worked on the Cartmel Peninsula I felt I now had the time to become active in the local area and give back to others some of the benefits I had accrued. Grange is a very active club and I enjoy being a member.

I was Programme Action Officer from 2009 – 2011, I facilitated the Education Programme Action Group for 4 years and now facilitate the Food Security and Health Care Group.  I was Club President in 2014. This was our 60th Charter Anniversary and was a very special year. I am thrilled that the project I set up during that year, Singing for Memory, is still flourishing and is becoming a well- loved and established part of the community. I am the main Singing Leader for the group and I am so pleased to be able to give back some of the pleasure of music that I have enjoyed, and still enjoy so much. I am a keen amateur musician and play in a local orchestra and sing with a choral society. I love to be in the outdoors, walking or cycling and staying in our motorhome.

My working life was in Education, I was a Primary School Headteacher for 15 years and for the last 8 years of my career an Inspector /Advisor for Lancashire Education Authority mainly supporting schools in difficulty.

Website Manager / Communications Officer / General IT stuff….  Joan Bailey

Regional IT Manager – Joan Bailey

I joined the Soroptimists in Garstang in 2013 having been invited to attend firstly a small ‘Intro Chat’ and then a very convivial social evening for a member’s birthday. In addition to the very worthwhile aims and work of the SI community, from the start I’ve been very impressed with the caring and friendly approach of all my fellow soroptimists – not to mention their willingness to try anything.

At a club level I was very quickly roped in to help with a re-launch and managment of our website (www.sigarstang.org.uk) and I was also persuaded to volunteer for the role of Treasurer, but I do have plenty of experience of cooking the books elsewhere.
I have also tried to attend as many regional meetings and conferences etc as possible to learn more and simply be involved where I can.

Having been asked ‘can you make this presentation work’ at one or two of the regional meetings, I gradually found myself as firstly the unofficial IT support and then eventually the official communications officer – it really doesn’t pay to stand still for more than a few seconds in the wrong place at a meeting….
When not tinkering with Soroptimist websites or club accounts, I can be found running a small computer support business or doing the church website and accounts at St Mary’s in Fleetwood.