Helen has retired from a career in Human Resources, latterly in Management Consulting but has worked previously with Toyota (both with forklifts and the motor industry), and with several food businesses supplying major supermarkets, and in electronics.
She is a Trustee for Citizens Advice, is involved with the English Speaking Union, and has a Diploma in Art History from Birkbeck College at the University of London. She's a member of the Arts Society and the National Trust.
She enjoys attending courses at Wilmslow Guild, Liverpool University Continuing Education, and the WEA.
As a former retail projects executive and branch manager my duties included stock control, national promotion, research and feasibility studies and development/design of new store lay out.
I am also a current member of the British Institute of Marketing & British Institute of Management.
Now retired, I am the lead member of the Guild's premises committee and active coordinator of the Photographic society.
Chairman of Wilmslow Guild
I have been involved with the Wilmslow Guild since childhood. Both my parents were members of various classes and groups from the early days of the Guild and my father was Chairman at one time.
Now retired, I was a teacher at Junior and at Secondary level so I have experience of education but mainly I consider my knowledge of the background of the Guild to be of use and my principal task to be to provide some continuity as the Guild moves forward with the times.
Geoff Levermore has attended classes at the Guild on dancing, yoga, bridge, history and science matters. He has been attending classes for the last four years. He worked at The University of Manchester and was appointed an Emeritus Professor upon taking early retirement to support his terminally ill wife, Carolyn. Carolyn had attended art and language courses at the Guild and whilst working Geoff had done a German course.
Geoff still does some research at the university on the urban heat island and climate change and is an external examiner for other universities. He has been Chair of the Norcliffe, Styal (Unitarian) Chapel Council and is President of the Manchester District Association of Unitarian Chapels. He takes a number of services at various chapels including Shrewsbury. He is a member of Pownall Park Tennis Club and attempts to play team and social tennis. He is regularly entered for the Manchester 10k run as a reluctant runner by his children to raise money for Christies and its ovarian cancer oncologists.
He has been a Guild Trustee since 2014 in order to help support the Guild in its excellent work. Not only has he learnt at lot at the classes but he has also made a lot of new friends.