Truro Cathedral warmly welcomes Judith to the team who joined the team this month. Judith has taken on the role of fundraising officer for the cathedral, a position created thanks to recent funding. Here is a little about Judith's background:
Welcome to the cathedral! Why did you want to join the cathedral team?
Who wouldn’t want the chance to work in such a special place and for such a worthwhile cause as Truro Cathedral? I saw the advert purely by accident, but knew straight away I would regret it if I didn’t give it a go!
Tell us a little bit about your role with the cathedral:
I am the new Fundraising Officer. The cathedral needs to raise as much money as it can to sustain and develop all its activities – like worship, the choir, the building and serving our community. I will be doing my best to help the Cathedral grow its income, especially from donations and grants.
Can you tell us about your professional background?
I have done a lot of different jobs, including spells as a primary school teacher and as the equality and diversity officer for a college of further education. I have had three spells in local government. I worked on regeneration projects in Consett, County Durham straight after I left university, and more recently I have worked on improving services and customer experience for Lewes District and Cornwall Councils.
Have you always lived in Cornwall?
I am originally from Whitley Bay, near Newcastle on Tyne, so am one of the long-suffering supporters of Newcastle United FC. I have lived in a variety of places including Houston, Texas, Cambridge, London and Lewes near Brighton, before moving to Cornwall four years ago when my husband got a job at Exeter University at Penryn. He’s a bee and wasp expert!
List some favourite things about living in Cornwall
I can honestly say that the people I have met through work are my favourite thing about Cornwall – they are consistently kind and welcoming, and really care about their jobs. The beauty and wildlife of Cornwall are the other two things – being able to see bats fly over my garden in the twilight is really special.
What are your interests outside of work?
I love gardening, reading, watching sport and being a member of All Saints Church, Falmouth. The other biggie is keeping in touch with family and friends, especially my two grown-up daughters Miranda and Lydia. I also have a slightly irascible dog named Smudge.