Susan Munro (founder, chair)
Susan is a retired Civil Servant and since retirement has been a volunteer, for HomeStart Cheshire East, working with young families and has been Women’s Officer for Congleton Labour Party for the last 5 years. She is an activist for the rights of women and girls locally, nationally and international and since 2016 has run the local Monthly Gift Scheme providing free feminine hygiene products to women in need across the Congleton Constituency.
She is the mother of 3 successful women who have careers in teaching, the police and the banking sector. She is a humanist and believes in the right of every human being to live and love however they like without the interference of religion or state. (a bit like Elizabeth really).
Susan is driven with the desire to see justice for Elizabeth who did so much for human rights, was badly treated in life and forgotten in death.
Peter Munro (treasurer)
Peter’s career was spent in the public service at both local and national levels. As a Business Inspector in the Department of Health for over 20 years he was involved in national inspections and enquiries and contributed to national policy and legislation, particularly children’s safeguarding and management and organisational development.
He was national lead for the top managers programme for Directors of Social Services. He spent 18 months as Assistant Chief Executive in a unitary council driving through a programme of management development and training across the authority. He is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Since retirement he has been trustee of several voluntary organisations including Crossroads Wirral (Vice Chair) and HomeStart East Cheshire (Chair). He is an ardent supporter of the rights of women and is determined to see Elizabeth regain her rightful place at the head of those first-wave feminists who made such a difference for those who followed.
Kay is a Congleton Town Councillor – the first Women’s Equality Party Councillor in the UK. Kay is a trustee of Congleton Museum, chairs the Community & Environment Committee at the Council, sits on the Congleton Partnership and is a member of Congleton Green and the Pride Steering Group.
Kay runs an international digital business based in Congleton, Kanga Health Ltd. Kay has lived in Congleton for 35 years and has 4 sons and a daughter.
Ethel has always been interested in women’s place in politics and social history. She moved to this area six years ago and has been involved in the “Elizabeth’s Group” from its beginning hoping that we can achieve the same recognition for Elizabeth as other Suffragettes, for example, Annie Kenny and Alice Hawkins.
In her working life and voluntary activities, Ethel has encouraged women to be interested in and change the ways in which inequality has shaped their lives and the choices they make. That can be within the workplace, working at home to earn money and being a carer to family members-or maybe all three!
She thinks a statue of Elizabeth in Congleton will be a reminder that the women’s movement did not start with the demand for the vote (important as that was) and that there were many working-class women who were active Suffragettes.
Heather has lived in Congleton for 35 years since marrying a born and bred Congletonian. She retired from work in 2019 after 20 years at Airbags International Ltd. When she is not delving into the history and heritage of Congleton she does Arabic dancing with friends and they perform as Zahara fi Sahara.
She is also a volunteer for the Cinnamon Trust, a charity that assists the elderly and terminally ill with their pets.
Heather became interested in Elizabeth’s story in 2011 after hearing Maureen Wright give a talk, at Congleton museum, to launch her book “Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy and the Victorian Feminist Movement”.