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AWAZ Cumbria new patron


AWAZ Cumbria is happy to announce that Marcia Reid Fotheringham, JP, DL is now our ambassador!


Marcia was born in London and raised and educated in Long Island, New York. She attended Hofstra University, Long Island, NY, and graduated: BS Sociology 1976; MS Psychology 1978; and PD Family Therapy 1979.

Between 1979 and 1997, Marcia worked in Massachusetts and held a variety of positions including: a clinical psychologist and family therapist, a clinical supervisor, a mental health director, a senior administrator, a facilitator responsible for providing therapeutic learning services, administrative and financial management. She also had a successful clinical private practice in Salem, Massachusetts.

In 1997, Marcia moved to Cumbria, UK, and worked for the NHS as a psychologist/family therapist for 10 years. Along with her husband, Jim, Marcia was the owner/Director of two dental practices managing all administrative aspects including customer services, CQC, human resources and quality management. They have since sold one practice and continue providing dental services in the other practice.

From 2001 to the present, Marcia has been a Magistrate (JP) sitting in Adult Courts (crime) and Family Court. While maintaining her magistrate work, she was an appraiser, a Training & Development Committee Member; the Carlisle Bench Deputy Chair; and the Chair of North & West Cumbria Bench. Marcia became the North West Regional Representative to the National Bench Chair Forum.

Marcia is a Trustee on numerous boards and councils. She is also a Patron of Patron of Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC).

2019-2020: Marcia was the High Sheriff of Cumbria and had a most successful year promoting Cumbria and Cumbrians. In 2020, she became a Deputy Lieutenant.

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