u3a - Board of Directors

Who are we?

Founded in 1982, u3a* is a UK-wide movement of locally-run interest groups that provide a wide range of opportunities to come together to learn for fun. Members explore new ideas, skills and activities together.

There are 1,057 u3as with over 450,000 members; membership costs less than £20 on average per year and is open to everyone who’s no longer in full-time work.

* University of the Third Age

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of 12 trustees elected from the u3a regions and three officers elected by the whole u3a membership. They are all volunteers and work hard on your behalf to ensure good governance, support inclusion, drive strategy and engender innovation.

Our story

Please read more about how the u3a movement has developed over 38 years to where it is today; what we stand for and our aspirations for the future.

Our principles and vision

See the core principals that guide us and our vision for the future of the u3a movement.
Find out more about the u3a's principles and vision.

The Board of Directors is made up of 12 trustees elected from the U3A regions and three officers elected by the whole U3A membership. They work to ensure good governance, drive strategy and engender innovation.

To find out more read the Regional Trustee Role.

Chair

Ian McCannah
Chair

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Vice Chairman
Hilary Jones
Vice Chairman

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Treasurer
Richard Teare
Treasurer

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East of England
Jeff Carter
East of England

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East Midlands
Jean Hogg
East Midlands

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London
John Bent
London

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Northern Ireland
Valerie Cobain
Northern Ireland

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North East
Sandi Rickerby
North East

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North West
Gill Russell
North West

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Scotland
Ann Keating
Scotland

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South East
Bob Duckmanton
South East

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South West
Jill Nicholls
South West

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Wales
Chris Winner
Wales

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West Midlands
Auriol Ainley
West Midlands

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Yorkshire and the Humber
Sue Stokes
Yorkshire and the Humber

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