National Officers

MARGARET MCDONALD - National President 

My name is Margaret McDonald. I was born in Chester but now live in Liverpool with my husband Brian. We have been married for 55 years and have 4 daughters, a son and 5 grandchildren. I am a retired Civil Servant.

Over the years in my parish I was a Brownie Guide Leader for 21 years, a Governor in a local school and am now a catechist for the Baptism programme, a Lay Reader and an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and the Gift Aid co-ordinator.

I am now a member of St Margaret Mary’s Foundation after the closure of St Paul’s. When I have time, I enjoy reading.

My favourite place is the Highlands of Scotland, the scenery, the silence and in the Autumn the changing colours of nature. I think about St Francis of Assisi and the way he chose to live his life and this quote from Genesis 9:16 'Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds. I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on earth'.

MARGARET KERBEY - National Treasurer

I have been your National Treasurer for almost two years.  Before rising to these dizzy heights, I served as Diocesan  Treasurer of Liverpool, and also as Diocesan Vice President.  At foundation level I have served as President and briefly as Secretary.  Before I took early retirement, I was a primary school  teacher, with special responsibility for Mathematics  throughout the school.

I have always been closely involved in parish life, as a reader and Eucharistic Minister, but after being widowed almost 20  years ago, as well as early retirement, I became involved in  Catechesis, the parish office and finance, the local  community centre, and the parish school. 

When I am not busy with these activities, such as now, in  these unprecedented coronavirus times, and following my  recent accident and enforced immobility, I enjoy a variety  of puzzles, as well as sewing and crochet. I particularly  enjoy spending time with my two grandchildren and of course my two daughters 

Kate Moss - National Secretary

My name is Kate Moss, I have 2 children and 6 grandchildren and am happily married to Gordon. We live in the Liverpool Archdiocese. Within my Parish of St Joseph’s, I am an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, a member of our liturgy group, a church carer and a member of CAFOD. During my time in UCM I have served as Parish Secretary, Parish Treasurer, and Vice President before taking office as Archdiocesan Secretary for 5 years. For the last three years I have been National Minuting Secretary.

Val Ward - National Deputy President

I am Val Ward and am from the Diocese of shrewsbury. In my UCM life, I have served as Parish President, Diocesan Secretary, Editor of The Catholic Mother Newspaper, National Vice President and National President.

I live on The Wirral Peninsular with my husband John and we have two sons, two daughters and nine young grandchildren. I am active in my Parish church of The Holy Apostles and Martyrs, Wallasey as Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, Reader, Pastoral Co-Ordinator, Registrar of Marriage, CAFOD representative and am on the Diocesan Commission for Justice and Peace.

I am the GB Board member for the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO). If I have any spare time I enjoy reading, photography and walking.

Maureen Woodward - National Vice President

Ralph and I have been married for thirteen years and have four children between us, namely three daughters and a son, five grandchildren and one great grandson.

I have been a member of the Union of Catholic Mothers for 47 years after having been invited to a meeting by a friend and during this time have held various positions within the U.C.M. both at Foundation and Diocesan level.

I trained as a shorthand typist and spent many years working in industry until being made redundant. I then moved into education where I spent 22 years of my working life.

In my spare time, I do a little voluntary work, enjoy reading (particularly murder mysteries), gardening and walking. I am also a member of my local Townswomen Guild and was an active member of the Guide Movement for over 35 years. Whilst in the Guide Movement in the capacity of International Adviser I took both Guides, Brownies and Adults to many places in Europe and was fortunate enough to spend five weeks in India where I helped to run a camp for underprivileged children. I have been the APF Mission Box secretary for over 15 years and am also a Eucharistic Minister.

Catherine Rutherford - National Vice President

I am married to John who is Scottish and originally from Kirkcaldy, Fife. We have two children, Jenny and Jamie and four grandchildren, Dylan Thomas, Sinead, Roisin, Alexander and one Great Grandson George. I retired from the Civil Service in 1999, as a family we all love our football, ballroom and Latin dancing and the family holiday which involves packing up the children, grandchildren, greatgrandchild and the dogs.  

I belong to St Joseph's Foundation in the Diocese of Salford.  I have previously served terms of office as Foundation Secretary and Diocesan Secretary. I very much enjoy the company and friendship of U.C.M. Members from Foundation and Diocese to National.

Brigid Hegarty - National Welfare Officer

I have lived in London for the last 48 years. I am a retired nurse and have worked over 43 years in many of its various forms. My husband sadly died over 20 years ago however, I am fortunate to have 2 Sons and 4 Grandchildren. John & Emma have a boy & girl and live in Cardiff. James & Lucy have 2 girls and live in Stafford so visiting them regularly or them coming to visit me keeps me fairly busy.

Prior to my appointment as National Welfare Officer, I was the Walsingham Co-ordinator for six years. Since I retired I have taken a greater interest in Art and now am free to pursue this by reading and visiting exhibitions and Art Galleries. I also enjoy watching sport on TV especially Rugby & Athletics; this comes naturally to me now having lived with 3 men, husband & sons for a long time!