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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.

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 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. I’ve recently taken on the job of Editor for ArtServe, an ecumenical group of people with a passion for creative arts in the church. 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 held various offices, including District Secretary and District President for Women’s Network, and Connexional President in 2008-9 as part of the team that brought MWiB into being. My vision for MWiB communication is for it to be:

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.