U3A International
The Steering Group

Our co-ordinator is Dianne Delchau, President of U3A Online - originally a teacher, I joined U3A Sunshine Coast, in 1997 and by 2000 was Class Administrator then eventually Vice President. and was involved with the organisation of the U3ASC conference and the development of a 5 year Strategic Plan.

In April 2006 Rick Swindell and Tom Holloway came to U3ASC, for a seminar on the Timewitnesses project. Rick convinced me to join U3A Online and by the end of that year I was the Administrator. The following year I added President to my roles, a responsibility I relish given the new opportunities that Skype and Flashmeeting offer.

We were started in December 1999 by Jean Thompson, interpreter and translator - who also writes and promotes U3A online courses. A long-serving member and ex-Chairman of the Third Age Trust she set up the UK Subject Networks many years ago.

She says "in my lifetime, I have learnt twelve languages, including the big ones, Russian and Chinese. Nowadays, I only read in six". She can be reached by email to jean799thompson@btinternet.com or by writing to:-- 26 Riverside Court Caversham Reading RG4 8AL Tel: 0118 947-7968 Fax: 0118 947-4194


Tom Holloway lives in Hyderabad in India much of the year where he works for several charities making fund-raising films and websites. His main energies go into running a Community Free-school in an impoverished community of Dalits and landless families. You can read more at his website holloways.org

He is Editor of U3A Signpost (UK) and webmonger of http://worldu3a.org and many other charity websites.

He has helped to put more than 50 local U3A Groups onto the World-Wide-Web. He also offers telephone assistance with setting up a 'wiki' or a website for other local groups. He can be reached on SKYPE as tomathollowaysorg


Dr Anna Grabowska lives and has always lived in Gdansk, Poland. "My PhD is from Gdansk University of Technology and I have a Masters in Science in Applied Informatics from Leicester in UK.

Since 2008 I have been retired but still partly employed as an e-learning expert.
I am responsible for the following services http://utw.moodle.pl/, http://blanka.moodle.pl/, http://magazinefactory.edu.fi/magazines/e_senior/.
I enjoy skiing, walking, cycling and travelling".


Dr Sajjan Singh is President of ISU3A, the Indian Society of Universities of the Third Age, and started the first Indian U3A in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, in 2005.

He is also organising chairman of the third U3A International Conference being run in October 2012 by the Indian Society of Universities of the Third Age and the U3A Asia Pacific Alliance at the Chinmaya Vibhooti Centre, which is near Pune in Uttar Pradesh.

He can be reached on SKYPE as drsajjansingh


Kathrine Fenton-May is immediate Past President, U3A Durban, South Africa. She has many contacts throughout Africa and is widely travelled.

She says... "Having been privileged to travel far and wide, the tourist spots were given a very brief visit and then I would go off to where the local people shopped and live. These shops tell a lot about the locals – this is what I wanted to see and experience.

I believe in the Philosophy of the U3A and consider it a privilege to be part of the WorldU3A.org group".

She can be reached on Skype as fentonia