Meet The Team

Carole Archibald
Membership Director

Now retired, Carole has many years’ experience in Administration and Office Management. With an Honours degree in Education and Training Carole has also specialised in Adult Literacy and Numeracy, focusing on the impact of IT amongst Adults with Learning Disabilities. She is also a volunteer at an aviation museum with responsibility for cataloguing the largest private collection of aviation books in Scotland.

Jane Carolan
Non-Executive Director

Formerly chair of UNISON’s key National Policy Committee, retired in July 17 after 30 years in the leadership of Unison. As WASPI’s Unison sponsored non executive Director, Jane brings years of experience in “equalities”.

Passionate about equalities at a time when it was an uphill struggle, Jane was elected to Nalgo’s National Women’s Committee in the mid 1980s. She was then elected to the National Local Government Committee, the lead negotiating body, soon rising to be the chair. When UNISON came along in 1993, Jane was elected to the new Local Government Service Group Executive. In 1997 Jane was elected to the NEC and became chair of the influential Policy Committee. By 2003 she was a member of the TUC General Council and its Executive Committee.

Jane’s ‘retirement’ includes activism in CND (‘it’s in my blood’), being a director of Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), ‘stuff’ for the Institute of Employment Rights, being a Children’s Panel Member and getting back to writing.

Debbie de Spon
Communications Director

As a Company Director in her twenties, Debbie worked in admin for her early career going on to run two small businesses. Later when a full-time carer she trained to be an Education Adviser for the National Autistic Society Education Advice Line, and as an Audio Describer for the blind and visually impaired and front of house volunteer at Chickenshed Theatre. For the last two years she has been the Administrator of the WASPI Campaign Facebook Page and with the support of moderators steadily built the audience to 93,000.

Angela Madden
Finance Director and Chair

Finance Director. A technology graduate, Angela started her career in IT. With a Masters degree in Change Management, she worked at senior manager and latterly board level in the Post Office managing their significant change programmes. As a director of a medium sized company in the service sector, Angela managed a significant growth programme. Now retired she is a trustee of a charity providing day care for elderly people and manages the care of her elderly uncle.

Sandra Broadbent
National Organiser for Local Groups

Sandra's professional background focussed on personal, team and organisational development mainly in the public sector. Sandra had had considerable experience of working in organisations undergoing dramatic and often turbulent change and has led many successful projects to aid these processes.

Sandra worked full time and studied part time for 10 years and achieved an honours degree and a post graduate diploma in Training Management.

Within weeks of becoming the 63rd member of the Devon WASPI group Sandra was organising the coach to the first demonstration outside Westminster and a few weeks later became a co-coordinator for the group.

Linda Jack
Campaign Manager

Linda spent much of her working life in Youth Work, before taking on a role with the Financial Services Authority as Youth Adviser on Financial Capability Strategy. She worked with banks and local and national Government throughout the UK. Linda has worked in a freelance capacity more recently and runs her own small business.

Her union experience as a Branch Secretary of UNISON with Bedfordshire Council, and a UNITE rep when at the FSA will be of benefit to the Campaign. Additionally Linda has worked as a County Councillor for the Liberal Democrats as well as standing for Parliament twice. She has experience on policy committees and working groups and is a seasoned public speaker and interviewee.

Linda brings with her a particular passion for social justice and tackling poverty.

Natalie Poulton
Website Administrator

Natalie is a highly skilled web and IT project manager with over 25 years professional experience and a few more tinkering around with computers for fun. She was one of the first UK holders of the ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence), now the world’s leading computer skills qualification, and is co-founder and director of a successful independent Building Services Technical Supplier.

Christine Smith
Fundraising Manager

A retired Registered Nurse at the Newcastle Hospitals Trust in the fields of cardiothoracic surgery, ITU and as a Nurse Educator at Northumbria University. Prior to retirement for 14 years Christine formed part of the Trust Management team. Possessing a strong sense of justice for all, Christine became a Union activist acting as both Steward and Branch Officer on behalf of UNISON members. Christine is from a large working class family and is no stranger to social injustice. She was an early joiner to the WASPI Campaign and has been an activist for the last 4 years.