U3A Denia Committee

 

The committee is here to serve the members of the U3A.  If anyone has any suggestions or queries about the organisation, they should email president@u3adenia.com in the first instance.

President: Richard Millington

Email: president@u3adenia.com
President

Born in Birmingham as a young man I joined British Leyland, where I developed a love of the motor industry, which was then my lifelong career for over forty years. Lucky to have lived and worked in various amazing places throughout the world and experience working with foreign governments, companies, military units, organizations and especially some amazing people in many varied cultures and languages. Had some great and varied interesting experiences during my career and now retired since 2020 Looking forward to representing U3A as its president and helping the organization thrive and hopefully get back to some kind of normal following the pandemic. I would like U3A to become even more European in nature, and hopefully enroll lots of different nationalities into our group. Happily married to the vice president Cazzie for almost 50 years we have two grown up children and a granddaughter, who luckily also live here in Spain.

 

Vice President: Cazzie Millington

Email: vice-president@u3adenia.com
Vice President

A native of Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire after leaving school I worked as a police officer for several years. When I married Richard and moved to the Midlands I qualified as a florist, and subsequently ran my own industrial floristry business. We left the UK in 1990 and have lived mostly in the various countries within the Middle East, as avid golfers we worked with the European Tour golf organization and organized on course score boards along with arranging accommodation and transport for 14 years for professional golfer’s, caddies, managers and the general entourage that accompanies professional golf events. We also lived in Papua New Guinea for a while which was an amazing experience. Having traveled the world, I consider myself very lucky to have experienced many different cultures and people. Married to Richard for almost 50 years with two grown up children and a granddaughter, who also live here in Spain. We originally experienced Spain for the first time in 1994 and have loved this area ever since, now happily retired since 2010 I am also very into music with the Ukulele group I run called the Jukes of El Verger, and I have also recently started the U3A Denia guitar group. Looking forward to meeting lots of U3A members old and new, and helping out whenever possible

 

Secretary: Anne de Frias

Email: secretary@u3adenia.com
Secretary

Born in a small town in Surrey, I went to the local schools eventually completing a 3-year commercial course. I worked as a secretary in several different companies in London until I married and had 2 beautiful children. In our 40’s my husband Justian and I set up our own Will writing/Probate company (Just Wills), franchising it for people wishing to work from home and it is still operating today. We retired to Javea in 2004 and moved to els Poblets 4 years ago. Since my wonderful husband sadly died from dementia last year, I have luckily found the Denia U3A and look forward to meeting many new friends.

 

Ex Officio: Philip Johnson

Email: webmaster@u3adenia.com
Ex Officio

I'm from the North of England from a little village near Doncaster. I was lucky enough to go to the grammar school in a nearby town and thence to Manchester University where I studied physics. I then started work at the nuclear physics laboratory at Daresbury where I worked in particle physics, nuclear physics, electronic circuit design and software development. I then moved to Torbay where I worked on missile radar systems, GPS receivers and mobile phone base stations. Finally I moved to the southeast working on 3G, 4G and 5G mobile phone base stations. Finally, at 68 I was persuaded to retire to Dénia to return to living near the sea and enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine. Soon after getting here I joined the U3A and was press ganged onto the committee when most of its member left. The rest is history.

 

Ex Officio: Norma Robertson

Email: newsletter@u3adenia.com
Ex Officio

Norma Robertson- Newsletter Editor I had lived in Mallorca for twelve years before coming to Denia with my two cats in 2017. I knew no one and with the help of Google found and went to the Intercambio and Backgammon Groups. I met lovely people at both and was invited to join Denia U3A. Through being a member of several groups, going on travel trips and attending events I met wonderful people and my social life in Denia began. In 2019 Sylvana Svetlana was our Secretary and she sent out an announcement that Denia U3A were holding a poetry competition. I should have known better - there was bound to be an ulterior motive - but I entered and won. Then Sylvana told me that ‘in the terms’ the winner wrote the Newsletter!! So I began only writing copy at the end of 2019 and did not get free reign until the beginning of Covid when I made myself editor during lockdown as there were no Committee meetings where I could be opposed! There was no news either so we only had jokes but it kept us all in touch. It is now 2024 and I am still editor ~ maybe I should announce a poetry competition!!! My social life continues to be very involved with U3A activities. I think it is a wonderful organisation and I am so glad I came to Denia, joined U3A and made lovely friends.

 

Ex Officio: Ginny Whitehead

Email: travel@u3adenia.com
Ex Officio

Retiring early, I came to Dénia in 2004 and joined our U3A in 2006, when I started a Cookery Group which ran for several years. For my sins, I’ve also had various stints over the last 18 years as Secretary, Groups’ Coordinator and Ex-Officio. Joining the Travel Group at its inception in 2007, I’ve organised and taken trips ever since. In 2019, I took over as Travel Leader and Travel Treasurer, and rejoined the Committee as an Ex-Officio. I’m also the Groups' Coordinator and Pilates Group Leader. I’m a passionate supporter of the U3A, with its aim of promoting friendship and activities for the enjoyment and personal fulfillment of its members. I’m looking forward to continuing the good work of the last Committee and working with the new members of our Committee by developing and building upon the Groups, Events and Travel trips we offer our members.