We would like to announce that Carole Taylor will not be taking up a second term of office as the Faculty’s President. After eleven years at the very top of the Faculty, Carole now needs greater room in her life to exercise her many talents in other areas, particularly her forthcoming studies in Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter. We are delighted however, that Carole will be continuing to serve on the Faculty’s Council. This allows the Faculty to continue to benefit from Carole’s immense expertise and insight into the workings of the organisation.
Carole gained her Diploma in 2000 and joined the Council at the AGM in that year. This was a period of great change in the Faculty, and Carole was immediately thrust into the heart of the action, becoming Head of Classes and Summer School organiser in December 2000; posts which she held, very successfully, until October 2008.
In October 2008, Carole became Director of Studies, and has had a tremendous influence on shaping the course material used by our students. Carole will continue in this role and also with her teaching in the London Classes, through Distance Learning and Summer School.
Carole was Vice-President of the Faculty between December 2001 and November 2009, and has therefore spent a total of eleven years in one of the top two positions. Her incredible contribution to the modernisation of the Faculty, and her leadership throughout this period, are achievements of great note. Carole has been absolutely pivotal in the Faculty’s success over the past twelve years and we wish to offer our heartfelt thanks for her dedication and service over such a long period. We look forward to continuing to work with her over the years to come.
The new President of the Faculty as of 23rd November 2012 is Laura Andrikopoulos. Laura was Vice-President between 2009 and 2012, and has been the Finance Officer since late 2008. She was also Chair of the Management Committee from 2008 -09. Laura gained her Diploma in 2006, winning the Margaret Hone Award for best Advanced Interpretation paper. She became a tutor in 2007, joining the Council later that year.
The Faculty’s new Vice-President is Cat Cox. Cat was previously the Council Secretary and has been a Council member since 2008. Cat gained her Faculty Diploma in 1996, and teaches in the London Classes, in addition to Distance Learning and Summer School.
New Council Secretary
We are delighted to welcome Deborah Morgan as our new Council Secretary. Deborah has been a Distance Learning tutor for two years and a Council Member for just under two years. We wish her all the best in her new position.
Changes Within Council
We are sorry to say farewell to Janet Dare, who served on Council between 2010 and 2012. Janet made a great contribution during her time in Council, and notably arranged a highly successful alumni gathering in July 2012, which saw Faculty Diploma holders meeting Julia and Derek Parker, over on a rare visit from their home in Australia. Julia Parker is a past Faculty President and co-author with Derek of ‘Parkers’ Astrology’ amongst many other books.
We are delighted however to welcome Diane Conway to the Faculty Council. Diane gained her Diploma in 2010, and is a distance-learning tutor.