The committee

Alanna - President

I've been a member of the Brighton Belles for a few years now and love the wide range of meetings we have. It's great to see so many women of different ages and backgrounds enjoy burlesque, self defense and hula hooping! In my spare time I work as an IT and Project co-ordinator for a local travel company and enjoy Brighton in the summertime. I enjoy discovering new types of food and a bit of a movie buff. There's nothing better than sitting in on a rainy Sunday with a roast chicken and a good film!

Heidi - Treasurer and Membership Secretary


I joined the Belles in 2010 and became treasurer a year later.  I had no idea what I was letting myself in for! However, I love a nicely completed spreadsheet and order in all things so it suits me well.  Born and bred in Brighton, I work as a software engineer for an IT company in Worthing and also sell my artwork (occasionally!) on a part-time basis. An obsessive crocheter, I also enjoy being a vegetarian, practising mindfulness and being tall.  I live with my retired partner who looks after me and a silly rescue dog.




I’ve been a member of Brighton Belles since autumn 2010 and got involved in the committee pretty much straight away. I love trying new things and am really proud of the range of activities we pull together. I work in business psychology and am studying for a Masters degree, so I do a lot of my WI admin over my breakfast. I live in Southwick, a couple of stops west on the trainline towards Shoreham-by-Sea – most of the time I drive to WI meetings, so I’m usually drinking lime and soda water (very rock and roll). I live with my partner Rob, who is a beer sommelier, and my ginormous fluffy white cat, called Alfred.

Jo - Secretary

I moved to Brighton from London with my husband two years ago and retired from my job as Corporate Events Manager for the University of Roehampton after 7 months of commuting hell. I joined Brighton Belles to make new friends, whilst doing something worthwhile, and it worked! My role in the committee is to support the Events Team. As well as having fun with BBWI, I enjoy walking, life drawing, Pilates and a glass of wine!


Lynda Pickworth


On moving to Brighton in the Summer of 2014 I wanted to meet some new people. Joining the Belles was the ideal choice. It is a fun group for all ages. It helped me settle back in the UK after living overseas for over 8 years. Now I am giving back to the group by joining the Committee and have taken over the running of the Book Group. When not out attending WI events I run a Property Development company with my brother. I love gardening, crafting, reading and playing golf badly (my 16 year old son can attest to this!).



Claire Townsend

I am Brighton born and bred but have just returned from living in Dubai for 17 years, so getting back to being a Brightonian meant making new friends and joining some clubs. The Brighton Belles seemed like a great place to start! I love the meetings, book club and the social aspect as well as the new friends I have made and am now on committee so getting more involved and loving it!







I’m Rehanon and I help out with PR and events on the committee. I like to think of myself as a woman around town. I’m as likely to be found sipping a cocktail whilst sashaying across a dancefloor as I am to be curled up in front of the fireplace at my local pub stitching and bitching with the girls. It’s the variety I enjoy in life that spurred me on to join the WI in 2012. The cross section of women you get to meet and the things we learn and take part in are so vast. I mean brewing one month, burlesque another. I also enjoy the charitable aspect of being part of the Brighton Belles, getting to give back to my local community which is hugely satisfying. When I’m not WI-ing, I’m freelancing in PR, being a seamstress or running up hills in preparation for my first marathon attempt. The one thing that ties it all together is that whatever I’m doing I’m usually doing it in leopard print. It’s a neutral don’t you know.