Executive Team Biographies 2021/22

Tracey Pickin OBE

President

"I was keen to be more involved in the organisation that has given me so much"

I joined Tangent in 2002 after having many wonderful years in Ladies Circle including serving as Area 48 Chairman and on the National Executive as Community Services Officer.

I became Founding Chairman of a new Tangent ABOTS (A Bit On The Side) to continue friendships made across Areas. Having been really active in my own Tangent enjoying conferences/lunches etc. I was keen to be more involved in the organisation that has given me so much and stood for election as Vice President in 2019.

Outside of life in Tangent I have been married to Alan for 42 years and live in a small village in Warwickshire. I worked for over 39 years as a Civil Servant in numerous fascinating roles ending my career in London as senior strategy adviser. Since retiring (a little bit early) I have continued to be involved in village life (Village Hall Committee, Drama Group) and set up a South Warwickshire fundraising group for Acorns Childrens’ Hospices. I also seem to have become ‘a lady that lunches’! I’m never happier than when I’m busy and challenged…being part of the National Executive ensures that I am both!

Heather Parry

Vice President

"the friendships I have made are very precious and will last a lifetime"

I became a member of Tangent in 2007 after being a member of Ladies Circle since 1986, during which time I have been the local Area Sales officer, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman. In 2018 I became the National Secretary, which I have very much enjoyed this is my final year in this position.

I really enjoy being a member of Tangent, the friendships I have made are very precious and will last a lifetime. In 2014 I was chairman of the Northern Regional Lunch in Leeds, when my club hosted a fabulous day that will long live in our memories.

I have been married for 45 years, we have one Son, and live in a small village in Yorkshire. I worked for over 34 years in the IT industry, before taking early retirement, after which we have indulged in our love of travel. I am happiest when I am busy and love planning our next adventures, although all of us feel life is on hold at the moment, I hope to be able to start planning again soon.

Sue Hill

Imediate Past President

"I joined Tangent in 2002 and have enjoyed continuing friendships"

I was a member of Ladies Circle in Cheshire where I live with my husband Ray who was also a member of Round Table. I enjoyed my time in my local Circle and on the Area 39 Executive where I held several positions including Area Chairman in 1995. I joined Tangent in 2002 and have enjoyed continuing friendships and meeting new people.

I have always loved attending the Regional Lunches and decided that I could contribute further by joining the National Executive. I became the first Editor and Website Co-ordinator in 2011 and the Sales Officer in 2014.

Following a couple of years off the Exec I stood for Vice President in 2018, and had a wonderful year representing the Association, meeting many of our wonderful members and raising funds for my nominated charity, RNLI.

When I am not involved in Tangent activities I enjoy gardening and needlecraft. I am also a member of my local WI and a member of my local RNLI fundraising committee. I have been married to Ray for 42 years and we live in a small village in Cheshire. I have three grown up children and eight grandchildren who keep me busy! I retired from work in 2017 after a career in nursing and midwifery.

Sue Eyre

National Secretary

"A great support network of friends."

I joined Hartlepool Ladies Circle in 2000, shortly after the birth of my second child. It proved to be a great support network, introducing me to new friends and enabling me to give back to the local community through fundraising.

During my time in Ladies Circle, I loved getting involved. As Social Secretary, Chairman, Area Chairman and Area Communications, I came to appreciate the friendship and support the wider organisation had to offer. I enjoyed being part of the committee organising a Northern Area Lunch.

After moving to Hartlepool Tangent, I took on the role of Group Leader and Chairman whilst managing the social media presence. I was inspired to get involved with the NATC 50th Anniversary celebrations and asked to become the committee secretary in 2017. I have probably been in contact with some of you.

My background is Information Technology, and after 26 years, I decided to take redundancy and retrain into teaching to allow me to spend more time with my family. Early retirement in 2018 enabled me to attend more regional lunches, fully enjoy the conference experience and make many new friends.

I have two grown up children, a son working in Leeds and a daughter who is training to be a primary school teacher. When I am not involved in Tangent activities, I enjoy all things craft, walking and supporting my local scout group on their Parents' Executive Committee

Shirley Chard

National Treasurer

"it was time to give something back after so many years of friendship"

I joined Tangent whilst still a member of Ladies Circle as I already knew many of the Tangent members having had fun with them during our time in Reading Valley Ladies Circle and as part of the Area 13 Executive.

I have been Chair of Reading Valley Tangent twice and held other offices in Tangent. In 2019, I decided to retire after many years working in project management and I decided it was time to give something back after so many years of friendship, service and fun with the Round Table Family and I was elected to the National Treasurer position. In 2020 I joined Loddon Tangent as I knew most of the members already and it seemed they had a different approach to Tangent that I wanted to explore.

I have been married to Dave for the past 47 years and we have a son who lives in Michigan with his wife and 2 children. I have many other interests outside of my Tangent involvement including running a group of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline which I started in 1998, Pilates, Cycling, Walking, Golf, skiing, bridge and being a member of a book club. I am a member of my local church here in Berkshire, where I help as required and I am an Inner Wheel Club member.

Pauline Ormerod

Editor & Website Co-ordinator

"I have made some amazing friends through Tangent and 41 Club"

Originally I joined Ladies Circle after John had become a member of Round Table in Blackburn early in 1980’s. My first NALC AGM was in Birmingham in 1987. I later became Chairman of Blackburn Ladies Circle and was on Area 35 as Magazine Editor.

We had such a brilliant family time with son Nick joining in Bangor Racing, Camping and Caravan Rallies, Charity events and International Twinning’s and still keep in regular touch with our German friends in Schweinfurt and in Schleswig.

I happily joined Darwen Tangent, because of the age rule at 40. Then after retiring from a remarkably busy life in teaching, I was invited to join the Conference Committee for Llandudno, then for Blackpool, and Belfast, where I thoroughly enjoyed working as part of a team and using my Design skills. I have made some amazing friends through Tangent and 41 Club.

My greatest honour was to receive a gift from 41 Club at their AGM in Belfast for my contribution to recent Conferences, also as a Tangent member to join the Remembrance Sunday Parade in London as part of the RT Family in 2019.

My aim is to extend fun and friendship through the National Exec. Website and Magazine and make my four grandchildren proud of their grandma Pauline.

Doreen Lovett

Executive Administrator

"the support and friendship I have received reminds me daily why this fantastic organisation is so important"

I joined Ladies Circle in Hong Kong in 1991 and before my return to Cheadle in 1992 the Chair gave me the contact details of 3 clubs. I went along to Cheadle & Gatley Circle and from that first meeting felt I had found a group of ladies who I would be proud to call my friends. I did not look any further. I am still very close to those same ladies but now we are in Tangent.

I was not married to a Tabler or 41 club member, so could not be a full member, but as I was a member of the international organisation I was able to attend all meetings (but not formally hold a post). That did not stop Cheadle & Gatley from giving me various roles. As the years passed and circle became “open” I was able to become a full member and went on to hold all the roles (except Treasurer!). Area then called and I became area 2 chair. Throughout this time I trained to be a solicitor whilst being a single mum to 2 sons and a daughter.

Emma-Jane Wright

Marketing and Membership

"I enjoyed many years in Ladies Circle"

In 2019 I became the Associations first Marketing and Membership Officer. Five years ago, I started Charnwood Tangent alongside seven other past and present Ladies Circlers; I became our Founder Chairman. I am now also a member of Rugby Tangent as well. I enjoyed many years in Ladies Circle where I had the honour of being Loughbourgh Chairman, Area 20 Chairman and formed Part of a National Membership Team. Joining Tangent seemed the logical thing to do as I missed my Ladies Circle days and all that it offered.

This year George my husband and I celebrate 25 years of marriage. We have two Children Annabel who now lives in New Zealand; she is the inaugural National President of Ladies Circle NewZealand and William who is studying at College. I have a Standard Wirehaired Dachshund called Herman who keeps us on our toes and loves nothing more than escaping with us to our bolt hole in Norfolk. We have a fantastic family business weaving Narrow Fabrics and have just celebrated 160 years of Family ownership. When I am not working in marketing, I love nothing more than travelling, exploring, and experiencing new foods and cultures.

Working with the rest of the National Executive team on a continuous plan for the organisation is fabulous. It is great to think we are looking to ensure we can continue to offer membership to all ladies who wish to join us for another fifty plus years.