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Judith Simms

Judith Simms

Communications Officer

Originally from Sheffield, I’ve lived in the Midlands, Leicestershire, Bristol, County Durham, West Yorkshire, and back to Sheffield. Last year John and I and our cat Horatio moved to Kendal in Cumbria, where John is Superintendent Minister. 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 administration, working in church, business and education. I currently work for Barnardo’s as administrator of a Children’s Centre.

In 2015 I completed an undergraduate degree in English, and am currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing. I’ve had a couple of short stories published, I’m currently working on my first novel, and when time permits I work as editor and proof-reader for a couple of other authors. In my spare time I enjoy singing, playing clarinet, reading, and making scrapbook photograph albums.

I’ve been a member of the Methodist Church for 26 years, 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 last year felt that the time was right to offer to serve again as Communications Officer.

Communication is a challenge to any organisation, and within MWiB I believe that in order to meet the
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;
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, but also being flexible and open to using new trends and different methods of communication for our own purposes.
I’m looking forward to working to meet this challenge, along with the Forum and Executive, as I take on the role MWiB Communications Officer, and especially to putting my own creative talents in writing and design to good use in my new role.