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Meet Mensa’s new board members

Thu, 10/10/2013
Jenny Gill & Kester Leek

Jenny Gill and Kester Leek joined British Mensa’s Board of Directors following the society’s AGM on Saturday 21 September, which was held in York.

Jenny, who lives in Huddersfield, has been a member of Mensa since 1989 and has been involved in the production of Mensa’s membership publications since 2001. Firstly as a regional newsletter editor, a role she continues to fulfil, and also 8 years as the society’s Editorial Representative, guiding the style and content of its main publication Mensa Magazine.

Jenny, originally from Elland, moved to Huddersfield in 1976 where she currently resides with husband Peter, they have one son, Charles. Jenny’s background is in healthcare for Huddersfield Health Authority, followed by a private consultancy specialising in healthcare planning. In 2012 she was appointed as a director of the Design in Mental Health network.

Jenny has enjoyed her years in Mensa and felt that she wanted to contribute further to the organisation and work with her colleagues on the continued development of Mensa “I look forward to working with some very able and talented people to secure the future for the society’s membership.”

Kester, who lives in Cheshire, joined Mensa seven years ago aged 11; something of a family tradition with his parents and siblings also members of the society. He describes his life as having always been a little ‘Mensa-centric’; his father, Chris, currently represents British Mensa on the International Board and his older brother was previously a Board Member.

Kester has enjoyed attending Mensa events around the British Isles and was a founding member of the society’s Shadow Board. An initiative which gives a group of young members aged 13-18 a chance to offer ideas and learn about the workings of the society. Now 18, Kester decided to stand for the Board of Directors with a particular view to increase services for younger members.

Kester is looking forward to making his mark on Mensa and working with the membership to take the society forward “I am overjoyed to have been given the opportunity to directly influence the society, and to provide a fresh insight into activities for younger members.”



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