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Co-ordinator of International Relations (CIR) and

IFUW Council Representative

Professor Cynthia V. Burek, FGS, FHEA

Cynthia BurekCynthia is the first Professor of Geoconservation in the world and is a geologist by training. . Her catch phrase is ‘Geodiversity underpins biodiversity’.

She was born a cockney and went to school in the East end of London. She gained her first degree in geology, geography and archaeology and her geological PhD from the University of Leicester and her MSc in Information Science from City University in London. She works at the University of Chester and the Open University in Wales teaching geology, forensic science, sustainable development and conservation.

She has belonged to both the British Federation for over 40 years and the American Association of University Women for five years. She also served for seven years on the British Federation Academic Awards Committee. She was president of the Syracuse branch of AAUW and the BFWG Cheshire Association but originally belonged to the Leicester branch after graduation when her professor’s wife suggested she join. She has two graduate geological daughters both of whom are independent members of the British Federation. She passionately believes in a holistic approach to conservation, women’s right to education at all levels and generosity of spirit.

Co-ordinator of European Relations (CER)

Heather Hawkes BEd

Heather Hawkes


Eastern Representative

Christine Christopher (Norfolk &Norwich) BA

Christine ChristopherA retired teacher living in Norwich, she has enjoyed membership of BFWG
Norwich and Norfolk Local Association for the last 5 years.   After gaining
a Teaching Certificate of Education in the 60's she worked initially in
Camden Town, North London before gaining an Open University degree and teaching in a Senior Management position in Norfolk Middle schools.  With family in France and New Zealand she travels widely in retirement as well as enjoying gardening, the theatre, and walking, amongst other pursuits.  She fully supports the aims of BFWG in promoting the education and well-being of  women both here and abroad.

Southern Representative

Griselda Kenyon (Independent)  MA, Cert Ed


Northern Representative

Betty Pritchard (North Eastern) MA, LRAM


Mercia & Wales Representative

Mrs Gail Sagar (Worcestershire)

Gail SagarGail is a retired PR consultant whose company, Sheridan Communications, specialised in the IT and corporate finance industries with offices in Birmingham and London.  She was chair of the Institute of Public Relations in the West Midlands for many years before shifting the emphasis of her business to London.  Her priority during retirement is travel but she also enjoys the usual "cultural" pursuits.  She enthusiastically supports the educational ethos of the BFWG and enjoys the fellowship of its members.


Chair of Finance Committee

Mrs Jennie Landsberg  (Canterbury) M Ed, B Ed(Hons)