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Judith Simms

Judith Simms

MWiB Communications Officer 2016-2021

Originally from Sheffield, I’ve lived in the Midlands, Leicestershire, Bristol, County Durham, West Yorkshire, back to Sheffield, then to Kendal in Cumbria. In August 2017 we (that is, me, husband John, and our cat Horatio) moved to Castle Donington, where John is Minister of four churches. We have two grown up sons and a daughter-in-law living and working in Sheffield. Either side of a break to raise the children, I’ve had a career in office administration, working in church, business, education and, most recently the charity sector.

In 2015 I completed an undergraduate degree in English, and in 2016 an MA in Creative Writing. Earlier this year I gave up my job as administrator of a Barnardo’s Children’s Centre to concentrate on writing – I’m currently working on my first crime fiction novel – and I also work as a freelance proofreader and editor. In my spare time I enjoy singing, playing clarinet, reading, and making scrapbook photograph albums.

I’ve been a member of the Methodist Church since 1988, during which time I’ve served as a worship leader and local preacher for 12 years, Local Preacher’s Secretary, Circuit Meeting Secretary, and Assistant Synod Secretary. I served Women’s Network as District Secretary and District President, as part of the Spirituality and Human Trafficking task groups, and as Connexional President in 2008-9 as part of the team that brought MWiB into being. Since finishing in that role in 2010 I’ve taken a step back from any leadership involvement in MWiB, but in 2015 felt that the time was right to offer to serve again as Communications Officer.

I’m looking forward to working alongside MWiB Forum and Executive to make our communication:
extensive: as far-reaching as possible, so that as many people as possible can engage with who we are and what we do;
effective: communicating in relevant and user-friendly ways, as well as encouraging face-to-face conversations at all levels, from local church to connexion to the wider world;
engaging: communicating in ways that are attractive, relevant and contemporary, without compromising the integrity of the movement; and
evolving: keeping up with changing trends in society, and being flexible and open to using new trends and different methods of communication for our own purposes.