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Member Profiles

Introducing the executive members of the Newport Kutaisi Twinning Association


Chair Newport Kutaisi Twinning Association.
Formerly Director of Human Resources, National Health Service.
Past President Soroptimist International of Newport & District.
Interests: Animal welfare and foreign travel.


Vice Chair Newport Kutaisi Twinning Association.
Honorary Citizen of Kutaisi.
Honorary Professor, Akaki Tsereteli State University
Formerly Director of Studies of the Faculty of Art, University of Wales,
Newport, South Wales.

NKA Secretary: Vera Brown

NKA member and Secretary since 1996.
Now retired after a career in Higher Education.
Visited Kutaisi in 2000 with a group of members as part of the Millennium.
Visit and assisted on various occasions with hospitality for delegations
from Kutaisi.
Interested in the history and culture of Georgia especially in relation
to its geographical position.

NKA Treasurer: Colin Mason

Area Director Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service
CYMRU (Retired).
Member of Newport Uskmouth Rotary.
Interests include theatre, music and literature.
Visited Kutaisi in 2006.

Executive Committee Members:
Caroline McLachlan Honorary Professor, Akaki University, Kutaisi.
Councillor Gail Giles, Newport City Councillor.

Dame Rosemary Butler AM 1990-2000

Bernard Tyson  2000-2006

Catherine Philpott  2006-2010

Web/FB Editor: Catherine Philpott Honorary Professor, Akaki Tsereteli State University

Web Design: WebWake

Past Chairs

Below are details of the interests of some of our members. The page will continue to grow as we get more details from existing and new members. If you wish to discuss the twinning opportunities with members or wish to join in the activities please email us



Aims of the Association

• To promote international friendship and understanding

   by strengthening links between the cities of Newport
   and Kutaisi.

• To stimulate exchanges of persons and organisations
   from various fields in the life of the two cities.

• To organise activities to support the Aims of
   the Association.



Joint Presidents of Newport Kutaisi Twinning Association