Karen Elliot BEM - Social Secretary
Karen Elliot BEM, age 32 😊 (my birthday is the 25th June, so I have ‘half a Christmas’ each year and stopped having birthdays some time ago 😊!)
I am honoured to have served in the Wrens from July 1984 to April 1989 as an RP (radar plotter) – right decision to leave at the time, but always felt I left too early, and that’s why I love being involved in various Service-related activities now (putting a wee bit back for the excellent grounding I received in the Wrens), including:
I’m a wife, mother of 2 girls, Nan of 2 (girl: 7 and boy: 6), and I work full-time (condensed into 3 days per week) as a Business Compliance & Contracts Manager for a private Fife-based firm, Singula Decisions Limited, and am also the Treasurer and a Congregational Board Member of my Church, West Kirk of Calder.
I was deeply humbled and honoured to have been recognised in the New Year Honour’s 2021, having been nominated by the RNA, my citation reads:
"Karen Elliot. Secretary, Scottish Area, Royal Naval Association and Social Secretary, City of Edinburgh Branch, Chair, Association of Wrens and Women of the Royal Naval Services Edinburgh and District Branch. For voluntary service to Royal Navy Veterans. (Livingston, West Lothian)". What an honour!
Life is crazy busy, but generally, I love what I do and do what I love – a very fortunate position to be in 😊
Once a Jenny Always a Jenny!
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Public Relations Officer - Shipmate Natalie Cutler
I joined the Wrens in 1977 at the age of 17½. I was in part 2 training as a Radio Operator at HMS Mercury during the Queens Silver Jubilee and I was too young for a tot of rum when they announced Splice the Mainbrace so I was entitled to a pint of lime juice…sad but true!
I served at HMS Warrior (Northwood) working for NILO ( National Intelligence Liaison Officer). This is where I meet a smooth talking sailor who later persuaded me to marry him! From there I was drafted to HMS Gannet 819 squadron and then onto AMTE( Admiralty Marine Technology Establishment) Teddington. While based here I married the aforementioned sailor and promptly fell pregnant leaving the Wrens in 1981 to have our eldest son Michael. I then became a “stay at home Mum” for the next 10 years adding another two sons Richard & Stuart to our family. Clearly bringing up 3 boys mostly on my own while Dave carried on serving wasn’t enough so I undertook a series of voluntary roles. While married accompanied in Hong Kong I taught English in a local kindergarten, while living in Portsmouth I was a fundraiser and volunteer with the RNLI, then returning to Scotland I became involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind and later I was a Producer and Presenter with Hospital Radio at St. John’s Livingston for a number of years.
When I eventually returned to work I was a senior manager at Sky TV for 14 years, I have also worked with a Telecoms maintenance company and most recently with the Lothian Armed Forces and Veterans Project.
Still keen on volunteering where and when I can I am an active campaigner and fundraiser for CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young, a Trustee on the Board of Lothian Veterans Centre as well as being actively involved with the Edinburgh Branch of Royal Naval Association, Edinburgh and District Branch of the Association of Wrens and the Livingston Branch of Legion Scotland.