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Two new Trustees join the u3a Board

Published : 18 April 2024 Views: 923

The Third Age Trust is delighted to welcome two new Trustees to the Third Age Trust Board. Colin Luker as the new Trustee for Wales and David Blanchflower as the new Trustee for the North West.

The Board oversees the Third Age Trust, which is the u3a national body that looks after all the u3as in the UK, providing educational and administrative support. There are twelve Trustees, each of which is a u3a member and represents a different region or nation.

Colin Luker, wearing a knitted jumper and glasses, standing outside in front of a stone wall

Colin Luker, of Newcastle Emlyn u3a, is the new Trustee for Wales. He has been a u3a member for 25 years and, having previously lived in Devon, was a Chair of his local u3a before moving to Newcastle Emlyn. He has been involved with the committee at Newcastle Emlyn u3a and currently runs a Science and Technology group. 

When asked what he is looking forward to doing as Trustee for Wales, he replied, "I hope to be able to apply my experience which I have gained from my involvement as a Trustee with other organisations. In addition I have a lifetime knowledge gained in a variety of industries, both in the UK and overseas."

His priorities as Trustee are communications between u3as and u3a office; ensuring that u3a is an exemplary employer; and addressing digital exclusion.

David Blanchflower, wearing a checked shirt, standing outside on a sunny day

The new Trustee for the North West region, David Blanchflower, has been a u3a member for 18 years. He is a committee member for Aughton & Ormskirk u3a, where he has arranged speakers for their monthly meetings, and where he currently runs a walking group. This is not his first national u3a role – he also serves on the u3a matters committee which produces our members’ magazine.

David Blanchflower will be talking more about what he is looking forward to in his new role in the May edition of the u3a Friends newsletter - Newsletter

See all current Trustees on Board of Directors

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