Who am I?
My name is Audrey Simm, I live in Chorley, Lancashire with my husband Ian, we have been married for 34 years, have two grown up children David and Nichola who both have respective partners Felicity and Nick. (Still awaiting grandchildren)
My current role at NHQ is Deputy Brigade Secretary and National Training Officer, I work part time flexible hours to allow for training to take place at weekends or evening.
What I bring to the Brigade?
Being brought up in a family that has been totally committed to initially the work of the Church Lads’ Brigade then more recently the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade gives me a great deal of insight into the background, structure and running of the CLCGB. This combined with being involved in the movement as a family member, parent and volunteer and the development officer hopefully gives me the knowledge and understanding required take on this challenging role.
What brought me to the Brigade?
I have been involved with the CLCGB from a very early age as it was part of normal life in our family. My granddad Fred Gray was a member and then captain of St Laurence’s Chorley in the 50’s. My dad Kenneth Gray was involved from being a young boy, as he followed in his father’s footsteps, eventually taking on the role of band master at St Peter’s Chorley, also battalion band master working alongside my uncle Philip Dickinson who was then company commander and also Battalion commander. My sister Christine has carried this tradition on still actively involved at St Laurence’s Chorley.
When the role of development officer was advertised Christine suggested I applied for the position due to my experience with the Brigade, working in youth work, and my commitment to the Church. I was very fortunate to be one of the three successful candidates selected to work alongside Martin Lambourne in promoting the benefits to incumbents of the work of our organisation, and thoroughly enjoyed that role. Unfortunately this position was financed by a grant and only lasted for two years.
So why am I still working at NHQ? well when the position of training officer became vacant due to Martin Lambourne’s retirement I applied and was appointed as a part time National Training Officer, two years later Alan Millward retired and I took on the extra responsibility as deputy Brigade Secretary and this role is to support Martin Lambourne who had returned in a volunteer capacity as the Brigade secretary.
What do you enjoy about Brigade?
I love the commitment from volunteers to the Brigade there dedication cannot be faulted.
I love visiting companies and seeing the backbones of the organisation working and nurturing young people in fun, faith and fellowship.
I love being able to be part of national events.
I love being able to visit so many local, regional camps and being able to be totally involved, not just as a visitor from NHQ
I love the feeling of being part of an organisation that inspires me
I love the realisation when members/officers meet together from far afield and work together as one.
I love the wow factor of what our officers have to say and share in joint ventures.
I love the commitment of the headquarters’ staff.
Most of all I love the guidance from God, in strengthening this organisation.
Something interesting about you in 10 words?
Richard Branson served me coffee at his Preston club