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: Linda Bilsborrow
  • Vice President: Sheri Warren
  • Treasurer: Anne Gosling
  • Lead Trustee - Communications: Elizabeth Ingle
  • Lead Trustee - Membership: Sheila Evans
  • Lead Trustee - Heritage Matters: Pauline Hannon
  • Lead Trustee - Education - Kathy Unwin

General Trustees

  • Judith Dursley
  • John Markland
  • Helen Vivian - YQ
  • Georgina Newson

President and Trustee: 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.

Vice President and 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.

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 - 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 : Sheila Evans


Sheila has been sewing since she was a small child but took up quilting seriously in 1994 after a visit to Canada. Her last employment was with the Civil Service supervising a team. She enjoys working with people and is hoping this experience should be an advantage in her work as a trustee. After retirement she joined a local group and then QGBI. She has had several roles within the Guild, lastly as a coordinator. Her main interest is traditional quilting with a slant towards modern. C&G Level 3 was her last challenge. Hard work but worth it.

Lead Trustee Education: 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.

Lead Trustee - Communications: Elizabeth Ingle


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. 

I am an active member of my local quilting group and, with many quilts in progress I am still learning!

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.

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 : 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 and YQ: 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: Georgina Newson


Georgina has been quilting for over 17 years. Guild membership has added greatly to her experience, in terms of joining a quilt community, gaining access to information and also becoming a member of CQG. Georgina is a member of SAQA and the exhibiting group Cwilt Cymru. She has acted as Trustee for two Welsh charities in the past – Mid Wales Arts and The Quilt Association. In those roles she had various responsibilities including minutes secretary, secretary and exhibitions officer and feels she has the skills and ability to contribute to the Quilters’ Guild. Georgina tutors a City and Guilds Certificate in Patchwork and Appliqué for The Quilt Association who certify through Link2Create. She set up the education programme for the Quilt Association in 2012 and wrote their City and Guilds course as an online provision. Prior to that Georgina ran workshops independently.