Arts & Leisure covers events and workshops, including the theatre, photography, poetry, literary lunches, Christmas Carol concert/services. They organise our darts tournament, inter-WI quiz tournament, walks, relaxing and informative days out, and the occasional sporting activity. For more information click here.

Sue MacEwen, Purleigh WITeam Leader 
Moyra Jackson, Elsenham WI  
Kate Clarke, Orchard Springs WI  
Lesley Crisp, Bulphan WI
Penny Patman, Burnham on Crouch WI  

We organise day courses and demonstrations in all aspects of Cookery, Flower Arranging and a wide variety of Crafts, to appeal to as wide a cross section of members as possible, in line with the WI ethos to offer opportunities for enjoyable learning for life. For more information click here.

We welcome suggestions for future workshops from our members.

Fiona Cattermole, Hatfield Broad Oak WITeam Leader
Lesley Evans, Wild at Heart WIDeputy
Gill Hathaway, Elsenham WI 
Paulette Brabin, Great Hallingbury WI 
Angela Flynn, Chignals & Mashbury WI 
Pat Trudgett, Maplin WI 

The Members Advisory Team or MAT as it’s often referred to, comprises the WI Advisers, (some of whom are Federation Trustees), Trainee WI Advisers and MAT helpers. WI Advisers are voluntary WI members who have undergone training provided by the NFWI, which enables them to help and support members in every aspect of their WI life. They provide the vital link between WIs, Federation and the National levels of the organisation. For more information click here.
MAT is a fully inclusive team offering flexible working for any member to train as an Adviser regardless of her work, family or care commitments.

WI Advisers

Jan Curtis, Bulphan WI

Trainee WI Advisers

Katherine Glyde, Hornchurch Harmonies WI
Pamela Griffin, Epping WI
Sandra O’Sullivan, Wickham St Pauls WI

MAT Helpers

Kay Lodge, Sandon & Marconi Belles WIs (local)  
Sue MacEwen, Purleigh WI  
Jan Nash, Buttsbury WI  
Pat Pratley, Manuden WI (local)  


Led by Federation Treasurer, Verity Brome (Harold Wood WI) and Assistant Treasurer, Karen Powell (Doddinghurst WI), our team of Independent Financial Examiners (IFEs, pronounced “iffees”) are fully trained to conduct examinations of WI books after each year end. We are very grateful that our IFEs also make themselves available all year for advise and help if you have any questions about how WI book-keeping works. The current advice is that ideally an Independent Examiner should not be appointed for more than five years with the same Treasurer in post.  Subject to this you can select whichever IFE you choose, or request an IFE be allocated to you.  NB If you choose to use someone other than one of our IFEs to examine your WI accounts you should not use someone who is related to one of your Committee Members as this contravenes Charity Commission Regulations. 

Sandra BakerRayne WI
Dora BowesFirst Ladies Barking & Dagenham WI
Judith BowlandBlackmore WI
Verity BromeHarold Wood Evening WI
Carmela ClaxtonHatfield Broad Oak WI
Pat PratleyManuden WI
Marlene ShepherdEast Hanningfield WI
Margaret SpencerRayleigh Mill WI
Viv StansfieldFrinton-on-Sea WI
Sandra O’SullivanWickham St Pauls WI


The Resolution Coordinator can advise on the process to take your resolution forward across these levels. The Resolution Coordinator is also the go-to person for updates on NFWI campaigns and finding out how to become the Resolution Representative for your WI, please contact for more information or click here to visit their page.

Laura Pisaneschi, Chafford Hundred WI, Resolution Coordinator


Essex are lucky to have several Climate Ambassadors who discuss and work on matters relating to Climate Change, our Lead Climate Ambassador coordinates meetings, contacting MPs and arranging events and welcomes members interested in this topic, email if you’d like to find out more about becoming a Climate Ambassador or click here to visit their page.

Jill Bruce

Chappel & Wakes Colne WI

Lead Climate Ambassador


The Media Team is made up of two sub Teams:

Digital Team (for the website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, X/Twitter and YouTube):

Jan Curtis (Bulphan WI) with Helen Aurelius Haddock (The Virtual Vixens WI), Sidney Macdonald (Terling WI), and Clare Wood (Terling WI)

Don’t forget to tag Federation into your social media posts and use #EssexWI.

Editorial Team (for the Essex WI News magazine):

Jan Curtis (Bulphan WI) with Lesley Crisp (Bulphan WI), Clare Wood (Terling WI), Gail Whitehurst (Gunfleet WI), Carol Murray (Wild at Heart Virtual WI), and Lucy Haste (WINK Rayleigh WI)

The Media Team’s aim is to facilitate better communication and marketing between the Federation and individual WIs, and their members, through the use of Essex WI News, the Federation website, and the Federation social media streams (Facebook, Instagram, X and YouTube). They also aim to help educate, promote and encourage individual WI members to improve their own IT skills through education and support.  For more information please click here.


For more information click here.

Jan Curtis (Bulphan WI), Tina Holland (Paycockes WI), Sue Cullen (Great & Little Warley WI) and Elaine Gibbs (Southend Sisters WI).