Meet the Fairtrade Steering Group
Jenny has been Chair of Ludlow Fairtrade Town group since 2016. Being brought up in a family that supported fair trade, Jenny has always been committed to trade justice. She was formerly Headteacher of a school which embraced the ethics of fair trade. They had a link with a school in Uganda which Jenny and her husband, Philip, visited on several occasions with members of the school staff, parents and children. It was therefore natural for Jenny and Philip to make links with the Ludlow Fairtrade Town Group when they moved to Ludlow.
As Chair, Jenny builds stronger links with other organisations in town, working towards the day when the Ludlow community fully embraces fair trade values.
Philip has been involved with Fairtrade for over twelve years. He was one of the original members of the Kirklees Fairtrade Steering Group which was established to secure District Fairtrade status for the whole of the Kirklees Local Authority Area, including Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley and Spen. Philip has been involved in the Ludlow Town Fairtrade Steering Group since moving to the area in 2014, and has been secretary since 2016.
Stephen became a member of the Traidcraft group in 2012 following the death of his wife, who had been a long standing member. He helps with the Traidcraft stall at Ludlow’s monthly Farmer’s Market and at other events such as the local Fairtrade Schools’ Day, the Traidcraft conference and other fundraisers. Stephen is a member of the Ludlow Methodist Church, which a very convenient venue for events and also hosts the Fairtrade Town Group’s monthly meetings. This makes him almost indispensable – he has his own key!
Stephen is a father and grandfather, a retired primary school teacher and Methodist Local Preacher. He is involved in Traidcraft and other voluntary work around the town.
Sylvia joined the Fairtrade group when she moved to Ludlow in 2008. Her association with Fairtrade goes back to when the Fairtrade Foundation was started at Gateshead. She was living in Durham, where St Nicholas church set up the first Fairtrade shop in the corner of the market place there. She now helps on the market stall in Ludlow, at the twice yearly Fairs in the Mascall centre and during special events for schools and the general public in Fairtrade Fortnight.
Laura joined the Steering Group in 2019 shortly after moving to Ludlow with her husband. Her passion for social and environmental justice developed during her time at University in Durham, where she became involved with student campaigning groups. The church Laura attended in Durham was committed to Fairtrade and she worked part-time in the church’s small BAFTS shop. Since then she has been involved in various social justice and environmental groups and lives out these values both at home and work. Laura now works full time at the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering in Hereford, and in her free time she volunteers for the Traidcraft stall at St Laurence Church in Ludlow and supports the Fairtrade Steering Group’s publicity activities, such as the Twitter feed, Facebook page, website and writing news articles.
Esther is the fair trade representative for Ludlow Quakers on the Ludlow Fair Trade Town Steering Group
Liz has been a supporter of Traidcraft since its early days. She is a volunteer fair trader in charge of the Traidcraft shop in Ludlow Mascall Centre which supplies goods to individuals, churches and community organisations in and around Ludlow.
Liz has been interested in world development and the unequal distribution of wealth and power since student days. Having experienced poverty in Africa while living there for a few years, her involvement back home continued.