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Member Profiles

Introducing the executive members of the Newport Kutaisi Twinning Association

Executive Committee Members:
Anne Parry and Peter Landers.

Dame Rosemary Butler AM 1990-2000

Bernard Tyson  2000-2006

Catherine Philpott  2006-2010
Sonia Fisher

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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

NKA Chair Person: Caroline McLachlan

Caroline has worked in a variety of educational contexts including primary teaching, further education and higher education. Until recently she was an Academic Leader for Education where she managed a variety of degree courses, both within the University of Wales Newport and externally with the partner colleges.Caroline’s longstanding friendship with the people of Kutaisi began in 1990 when shewas part of a civic delegation organised by Dame Rosemary Butler, then Mayor of Newport. Since 1990 she has visited the city many times, travelling via Moscow in the early days.  Caroline has delivered lectures and training to Akaki Tsereteli State University staff and students and also helped develop educational initiatives and projects focussing on inclusive educational practices. Caroline is an Honorary Professor at ATSU and on her most recent visit to Kutaisi she was awarded an Honorary Citizenship by the City Council.

NKA Vice Chair: Shirley Egley

Shirley is currently Head of Professional Learning in the School of Education at the

University of South Wales (USW).

Whilst a senior staff member at the University of Wales Newport, Shirley welcomed

several students from Kutaisi’s Akaki Tsereteli State University (ATSU) to its MA

Education courses and she is hoping to organise similar activity with USW - maybe

extending this so that students from Newport might visit ATSU.

Shirley enjoyed a memorable visit to Georgia 10 years ago with Caroline to deliver

workshops in Philosophy for Children and undertake joint research with staff from

ATSU.  She is hoping to help revive the links between the the two Universities.

NKA Treasurer: Nigel Hallett

A lecturer and senior manager in further education for much of his working life, Nigel

ended his career as Director of Planning and Business Development of a large

Cardiff FE college.

He completed a doctorate in philosophy of art and following a life-time’s interest in

philosophy he has used early retirement as an opportunity to re-define himself by

means other than his professional life.  He paints, plays a guitar in a band, tends a

large garden and is active in local community fund-raising and campaign initiatives.

He is presently Chair of Michaelston-y-fedw Community Council.

Nigel has always travelled widely and has an interest in other cultures and places,

the reason why involvement Newport’s link with Kutaisi and Georgia particularly

appeals to him.

NKA Webmaster: Stephen Marshall

Stephen is a Newport City Councillor for the Gaer Ward since May 2017. However

he has been an active member of NKTA for much longer. He was one of the young

people participating on both Youth Exchanges led by Peter Landers.

Stephen completed his BA and Masters degree at Swansea University reading

History and Politics and Pubic Policy respectively. He is highly active in his

community and is a long term volunteer and youth officer in St John Cymru Wales

Newport Division.

Maintaining links with many he had met through the exchanges, Stephen is hoping to revisit Kutaisi, and Georgia very soon.

NKA Secretary: Derek Butler

Before retirement, Derek was Principal Lecturer and Director of Studies at Newport

College of Art/Art Faculty, University of Wales Newport.  He is a graphic

designer/artist and lectures on design history.  Apart from art, he has many interests including current affairs and politics, classical music, travel, sport, visiting museums and galleries and all things Georgian.   

A Co-Founder of the Newport Kutaisi Twinning Association and designer of the NKTA

logo, he is presently Secretary of the NKTA.

Derek has visited Kutaisi and Georgia many times and is proud to have been electedan Honorary Citizen of Kutaisi and Honorary Professor at the Akaki Tsereteli State University (Kutaisi’s state University).