When you call our headquarters in Guildford, the first voices you will hear will be the office staff, Karen Whitehead (Federation Secretary) and Jeanie Wharrier (Administrator). They provide secretarial and administrative support to the Board of Trustees, service the committees and ensure that everything runs smoothly. In addition to Karen and Jeanie, there is Katie Price (Bookkeeper) who is responsible for keeping the financial records up to date and assisting the Federation Treasurer to keep track of income and expenditure.
The staff help the Chairman and Trustees to plan and organise the Annual Council and Autumn Federation meetings at Dorking Halls, send out tickets for events and workshops and ensure that all WIs are kept up to date by providing mailouts and downloads.
The office staff are also the interface between the Surrey Federation and the National Federation of WIs (NFWI), co-ordinating members’ attendance at events such as the NFWI’s Annual Meeting, and keeping members informed about national events, competitions, training opportunities etc.
They also help members with any enquiries over the phone and via email. Members can phone the office between 10am – 3pm Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, but the office is manned Monday – Friday between 8am – 4pm. Outside of these hours you can send an email or leave a message on the answerphone.