Trustees of The Guild
The Quilters’ Guild has a Council (Board of Trustees) of up to 12 people, most of whom are drawn from the membership of The Guild.
- President: Margaret ‘Margie’ Jenkins
- Vice President: Marion McCrindle
- Treasurer: Anne Gosling
- Lead Trustee - Communications: Linda Bilsborrow
- Lead Trustee - Membership: Jan Allston
- Lead Trustee - Heritage Matters: Pauline Hannon
- Judith Dursley
- Elizabeth Ingle
- John Markland
- Marion McCrindle
- Kathy Unwin
- Helen Vivian
- Sheri Warren
President and Trustee: Margie Jenkins
Margie has been an enthusiastic
quilter and member of The Guild for about 25 years, but only since retiring
from her job as a head teacher has she been able to increase her involvement in
The Guild. She has completed a City and Guilds Diploma in Patchwork and
Quilting and continues to explore a variety of styles of quiltmaking. Margie
was first an embroiderer, exploring a wide range of traditional and
contemporary techniques, and this background still informs
her current work. Margie has served as an Area
Representative and Regional Co-ordinator in Region 13 and belongs to the
BQSG, Miniature andTraditional groups.
Treasurer and Trustee: Anne Gosling
After graduating with a first in maths from Manchester University Anne trained as a Chartered Accountant, qualifying in 1976. She worked in managerial roles for a number of accountancy practices and was appointed associate partner to a leading Manchester firm in 1988. Following the birth of her son in 1991 she continued working part-time in her husband’s accountancy practice. She has served as a school governor for a period of eight years during which time she undertook the role of Chair of Governors at two local schools.
Anne has always been interested in all forms of needlecraft. She
started quilting in 1992 and joined The Guild two years later. Over the years
as a Guild member she has learned many different skills and made numerous
friends along the way. She
is a committee member assisting the running of two local quilt groups and
actively promotes hand appliqué and hand quilting.
Lead Trustee - Communications : Linda Bilsborrow
Linda began quilting nearly twenty years years ago and sees herself as a contemporary quilter with a strong grounding in traditional technique. Initially a primary school teacher, the last ten years of Linda’s working life was spent as an IT Consultant for the LEA.
Lead Trustee - Heritage Matters: Pauline Hannon
Pauline has been involved in the world of stitch for most of her adult life as a teacher and as a trustee of the Embroiderers’ Guild. Working with many layers has always provided its own fascination and she loves using both traditional and contemporary techniques. A member the The Quilters’ Guild for many years, including the BQSG, Pauline served as the Heritage Officer, a job which has given her insight into the work of The Guild and provided the opportunity to work with and meet many members.
Lead Trustee - Membership : Jan Allston
Jan began quilting in 2005 after a career in teaching and
joined QGBI in 2009. She prefers
traditional types of quilt-making and enjoy designing and making small
projects. Jan organise trips for quilters
in the UK and abroad. She has a B Ed. Hons II degree from Sussex University and a Dip.Ma from West
Sussex Higher Institute. Her expertise is
in ICT and she enjoys dealing with people at all levels. Jan is particularly interested in the use of
technology in our organisation, as well as recruitment, retention of new members
and giving value to existing members.
General Trustee: Judith Dursley
Since becoming a member of The Quilters’ Guild in 2003 Judith has been an active, enthusiastic supporter in a variety of roles. Her first experience was as a member of Region 12 committee and then as its treasurer. Judith went on to join the Miniature Quilt Group, where she become treasurer, then Co-ordinator. During her term in that role she organised the Pennants for Patchworkers fundraiser at Festival of Quilts at the NEC.
Judith is Sales Director of Festival of Quilts Ltd., (The Guild’s trading company) with responsibility for AGM and Conference and retail sales throughout The Guild. She was co-opted as a Trustee in November 2013 and became a full trustee in 2014.
General Trustee : Marion McCrindle
Marion is a Glaswegian by birth but has lived in Watford for the last 27
years. She discovered patchwork at University where she made a hexagon
duvet cover (by hand). But life grew more hectic thereafter and it
wasn’t until 2003 when she resolved to return to something creative to
balance her working life as a Human Resources Consultants that she
discovered the quilting side. So she joined the Guild and took some
classes locally, completing a sampler quilt. Desperate to make something
of her own design, she took her C&G Certificate 2006 – 8 at Great
Missenden under Barbara Weeks. Since completion she has joined
contemporary Quilters where she has become a keen Journal Quilter (the
size means you can achieve something – always a problem when you work
Her view of life is that where you receive you give back and obtaining great joy – sharing the expertise and ideas of the much better and the good - from her on-line group (CQ), exhibiting her quilts and those JQs – she is keen to share her business skills.
General Trustee: Elizabeth Ingle
For many years knitting, crochet, lace and needlepoint were fulfilling but in 2007 I decided to take a year to try other crafts. After my first two day quilting workshop I was hooked. Many ‘taster’ sessions and classes later, but still open to new techniques, I would say I am a traditional quilter with a modern twist with EPP and hand quilting have been my refuge through life’s ups and downs.
I am an active member of my local quilting group and, with many quilts in progress I am still learning!
I joined the Guild as a way to meet like-minded people and to learn from others. I volunteered as newsletter and website editor for region 9 as I believe in getting involved. I am now the national website officer.
I am committed to the Guild and it’s success. I believe the Guild thrives when members are engaged and see the benefits for themselves. It is important that we communicate effectively with members and the wider quilting world to ensure that the Guild continues to go from strength to strength.
Much of my working life has been spent as a marketing manager in a multinational company and in 2000 I set up my own marketing business working largely in the agricultural sector.
My career in strategic and tactical marketing communication has given me a wide range of experience developing campaigns targeted at organisations, influencers and individuals. I have been responsible for extracting the greatest value and impact from budgets large and small. I have broad experience across the marketing mix from advertising/PR to social media. I have an MBA and am a member of CIM.
General Trustee : John Markland CBE
John lives in Perth and has just completed 4 years as senior lay
governor at the University of Edinburgh. He is a director of Horsecross
Arts Ltd (operators of Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre) and a
trustee of the Gannochy Trust, one of Scotland’s biggest grant making
Trusts. He is also a coach and mentor. The majority of his career has
been in local government where, from 1986 until 1999, he was Chief
Executive of Fife Regional Council and then Fife Council. He was
chairman of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (Scotland)
from 1993 to 1995. He left local government in 1999 when he was
appointed Chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage, a post he held until
2006. He has been involved, at Board level, with a number of not for
profit organisations in the environment sector and has served as
Chairman of a U.K charity - Environmental Campaigns (Tidy Britain
Group); Forward Scotland; and the Secretary of State for Scotland’s
Advisory Group on Sustainable Development.
John was brought up in Lancashire and was educated at Bolton School and the University of Dundee. His wife, Muriel, is a member of The Quilters’ Guild which means that he has had some experience of the quilting scene both here and abroad. This has also given him the opportunity to visit parts of the world he may not otherwise have seen such as Barcelona, Houston and Ontario (California) as well as the National Quilting Museum of the U.S.A. in Paducah, Kentucky.
John has considerable experience of working for and with organisations during periods of change and understands the difficulties that can be faced by trustees and staff when unforeseen issues arise.
General Trustee: Kathy Unwin
I am an
enthusiastic quilter, have made quilts seriously for the last ten years and
have won a number of quilting awards. I
work on two local quilting group committees.
I joined QGBI in 2004. As
Warwickshire Area Representative and now as Region11 Co-ordinator I have gained
a working knowledge of The Guild and the needs of its members, at least at
regional level. Belonging to CQG gives
me further experience of Guild activities.
I have the C&G’s Diploma in Patchwork and Quilting and taught
C&G’s courses at Warwickshire FE College.
Before retirement I was a University Lecturer and Subject Leader. I can bring to the role of trustee a sound
knowledge of quilting as well as professional skills in education, management
and research. I am enthusiastic about
securing our quilting heritage, enhancing the status of quilting and extending
opportunities for quilters and would welcome the opportunity to help The Guild
in pursuing such objectives.
General Trustee: Helen Vivian
I became hooked on quilting when I decided to make one quilt; obviously I did not stop at one and 17 years ago I joined the Guild. Whilst predominantly a traditional quilter, I like trying out new techniques. I belong to both the Traditional Group and MQG.
When I retired I joined Region 8’s committee and have juggled that with travelling around the world, often in search of quilt shops and exhibitions. For the last four years I have been regional coordinator and can testify to the adage, ‘the more you give the more you receive’, as I have met lots of members, many of whom I now count as friends. I believe it is a strength having a national guild and have fostered links with neighbouring regions.
My experience as a deputy headteacher and governor in
several schools has enabled me take a strategic view of our region and I would
welcome the opportunity to work as a trustee to support the guild
General Trustee: Sheri Warren
I am 54
years old, married with three adult children.
I live in Shropshire.
I am an Employment Judge and solicitor.
I have recently studied City & Guilds Level 3 P&Q (not yet completed).
I love both hand and machine quilting and admire others’ art quilts. I always have a quilt ‘on the go’ but am best at completing those I make for others.
I would like to use the skills gained as a lawyer to support an organisation which represents my passions – fabrics, stitch, history and art.