All change!

Joanna Cain will take over the role of Deputy CEO and Director of Education at the WEA when I retire from the post at the end of this month. JoCain Jo is currently the Head of Learning and Organising Services at the public service union UNISON and has worked closely with the WEA on partnership initiatives including the longstanding “Return to Learn” workplace learning project. She is also an experienced educator with many years of experience in developing and delivering adult learning. I’m delighted that someone as principled and steeped in lifelong learning has been appointed and am enjoying getting to know Jo better as we plan a smooth handover.

It’s been an immense privilege to work for the WEA.

I’ve been inspired so often by students’ stories, by volunteers’ generosity with their time and talents and by colleagues who really care about their work. I’m more grateful than I can say for all the support that I’ve received from friends and colleagues over the years within the WEA and more widely.

I will keep an active interest in adult education but retirement from the WEA will mean changes for this blog and my social media identities.

  • This blog’s title will change to “Lifelong Learning Matters” but the content will remain.
  • My new Twitter name will be @_AnnWalker but this will be a continuation of my existing account.

I don’t think this will affect any of my social media relationships, which should adjust automatically, unless you choose to make changes.

Joanna tweets as @joanna_cain. She’s well worth following as well as the WEA’s official Twitter account at @WEAadulted.

About Ann Walker
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5 Responses to All change!

  1. infostocksy says:

    Great to have crossed paths, here’s to a great future for everyone and continuing to light the spark in those that want to see the light of the personal development and growth journey.

  2. Ann Walker says:

    Likewise Steve! You’re one of those amazing student success stories, as well as someone who volunteers your time and talents and cares about the work.

    All the very best,

  3. Ann, you’ll be hugely missed, but I very much look forward to carrying on reading your blog and sharing insights from sunny uplands of retirement from full-time employment – and to welcoming Jo, who I’ve come across in her Unison role, to her new role in due course. All the very best, Tricia x

  4. Ann Walker says:

    Thank you for those kind words Tricia. It has been a pleasure to work alongside you on so many shared aspects of our work. I admire your consistent campaigning and promotion of lifelong learning and look forward to meeting again on those sunny uplands. All the very best to you too. x

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