2014-09-19  

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Judy Becomes Northumberland Show Organiser

From the Greatest Show on Earth to the Greatest Show in Northumberland is how Judy Willis describes her new role as Event Organiser for the Northumberland County Show.

Judy, from Hexham, joined the police force as a civilian clerk typist after leaving Haydon Bridge High School but with her background in sport and judo became the first female civilian on the National Public Order Tactical Training Course providing her with the skills to train police officers including the dog and mounted sections in riot control. Responsible for the planning and implementation of these large scale training events, Judy, herself a self defence and first aid instructor, describes it as the ‘best civilian job in the police force.’ 

Judy Willis

Judy Willis

With a BA Hons degree in Further Education and Training Judy’s next career move was Commissioner of Learning Development Solutions, finding cost effective solutions to training requirements with particular emphasis on public order and communications. 

After stringent budget cuts within the Police Force Judy took voluntary redundancy to spend more time at home with her two youngest children all the while looking for her next challenge.  What better opportunity to put all her skills to good use than Venue Communications Centre Deputy Manager for the 2012 Olympics. After training at the Olympic Park in London, including ‘training for reality’ in the test event, Judy came back to St James Park in Newcastle and was involved in the preparation of the stadium for the Olympic events including road infrastructure, security, communications and the co-ordination of volunteers.

In her new role as Event Organiser for the Northumberland County Show, Judy says;
"I can use my skills in event management and training to help the show grow and prosper and build on the success of this fantastic event. I want to encourage more people to come and see what we have to offer in terms of a great family day out while maintaining the shows strong agricultural heritage. The County Show is a wonderful showcase for our fabulous countryside and the people who are the custodians of it. The dedication of the committee of volunteers who put the show together is outstanding and I hope to inspire more people to come forward and be part of the team.’

‘Judy’s infectious enthusiasm and great personality, together with her track record of success and skills, will make her a valuable asset to the County Show and we are all looking forward to working with her.’ said Chris Chomse, Show Chairman. 

The 2015 Northumberland County Show is on 25th May at Bywell, near Stocksfield.

Northumberland Show

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