WTA Officers & Honorary Life Members
Roger Annable, President
Roger has served WTA since its early days in the 1980s, almost entirely as Chairman. A retired Whitstable teacher, he specialised in sport and was a qualified coach in football, cricket and athletics. He and his wife, Linda, came to Kent after working as teachers in the Bahamas. He ran Whitstable Castle, leading to its restoration, and chairs Whitstable Giants’ Association.
Graham Nicholson, Chairman
Graham recently retired from his teaching position at the Community College Whitstable where he was the inspiration and organiser of a huge number of students' visits to and from Whitstable and the partner towns. This was part of his commitment to the position with WTA as Youth Co-ordinator. He takes over as Chairman from Roger Annable, not an easy task. Jokingly, he says that all he can promise is that the speeches will be shorter.
Gillian Michael, Secretary and Co-ordinator for Říčany
Began assisting WTA as Minutes Secretary. Gillian is more than just secretary, having many other duties. A trained caterer but now working in Education Finance, she is also a school governor.
Carol Tadman, Treasurer
Appropriately, her first job was with the Bank of England. Carol and husband Alan used to own Copperfields, the household goods shop in Whitstable High Street. Brought up in Dulwich, she spent school holidays in Whitstable.
David Carter, Co-ordinator for Albertslund
Originally joined WTA committee as Group Leader of 1st Whitstable Scouts to represent youth. Developed scout camps with partner towns. Instrumental in founding the partnership with Albertslund. With his wife Sylvia, he runs a Whitstable nursery business that has been in the Carter family for four generations
Sylvia Carter, Co-ordinator Grabow
German speaker and one of the association’s longest serving and most hard working members. Sylvia also has a long association with the scouting movement and leads a local Beaver group.
Glynis Morgan. Co-ordinator for Dainville
Recently retired from teaching and a new Whitstable resident, Glynis has held a number of different posts throughout her long career ranging from Head of Languages through to Assistant Headteacher. She is looking forward to building on the excellent work already established by the Dainville group
Gill Fox, Co-ordinator for Mölndal
First of many visits to Sweden was in 1972 when her brother married and settled there. Also does the production side of the Newsletter and assists Norman with the website.
John Horstkamp, Borken Membership Secretary
Lived in England from 1977 until 2010, working for a global chemical company but frequently returned to Borken. As a result he became one of the founders of the Whitstable-Borken link which celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2012. Has returned to live in Borken.
Janet and Stephen Lloyd, Co-ordinators for Borken
Both come from east Kent. Janet works in the NHS and Stephen is a self employed bricklayer. Both love travelling in Europe and have become regular visitors to Borken.
Charlotte Howell, Youth development
Recently co-opted on to the committee in the hope of attracting more young people to the association, Experienced member of the Guide movement.
Norman Fox, Newsletter and Website editor
Whitstable Native, at least fourth generation. Returned to Whitstable in 2001 after a career as a national newspaper sports journalist.
Honorary Life Members
Don Beerling (dec)
Dana Carlsson (dec)
Josef Ehling (dec)
Ray Holmes (dec)
Frank Horwell (dec)
Arthur Pearce (dec)
George Sankey (dec)
Terri Sankey (dec)
Rev John Wood
Sally Wood (dec)
Peter Young (dec)