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: Jill Holden
  • Lead Trustee - Communications: Elizabeth Ingle
  • Lead Trustee - Membership: Sheila Evans
  • Lead Trustee - Heritage Matters: Pauline Hannon
  • Lead Trustee - Education - currently vacant

General Trustees

  • Jenny Hall
  • Helen Pringle
  • Helen Vivian - YQ
  • Claire Powell

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: Jill Holden


I am a qualified accountant with experience in the private, public and charitable sectors for over 30 years. More recently I have worked in voluntary roles, including as an NHS non-executive director and as Treasurer to a housing charity working with mental health clients. 

I am based in North London and am a member of London Quilters and London Contemporary Quilters. My mantra has always been that the numbers are easy, but the people can be more difficult! This is a rather blunt way of putting it, but I strongly believe that whilst finance can be tricky sometimes, the most important aspect is taking people with you and understanding the importance of good financial control. This is especially important in a charity, where every penny spent must be justified and every potential income source explored and pursued. 

My introduction to the Guild came during my City and Guilds studies, and I volunteered to take on the role of Contemporary Quilt Treasurer as a means to engage with more like-minded Quilters as I completed the course. It proved a very good idea and I have learned that, trite as it may sound, giving to an organisation often gives you more back than you expect.

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 - 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 its 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.

Lead Trustee - Education: Currently vacant

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: Jenny Hall

Jenny lives in Malvern, Region 11. She serves on the Regional Committee and loves helping with events, attending workshops and meeting other quilters to discuss projects and learning new techniques.

Jenny was a traditional quilter and is now a member of the Contemporary and Modern Specialist groups. She has successfully completed City and Guilds and The Guild Quilt Judging Course. Meeting other craftspeople, visiting art galleries and attending as many quilting shows as possible have all contributed to her ability to design and evaluate her own work as well as the work of others.

Jenny is now retired. She was a Specialist Teacher and Assessor and ran a large department in a Further Education College. Jenny has traveled extensively with her husband and her stash includes fabric from their travels all over the world.

General Trustee: Helen Pringle

I live in Cramlington in Northumberland and am a retired secondary school teacher. I have always loved sewing, embroidering tablecloths as a youngster, making my own clothes as a teenager and even doing Textiles to A Level. I took up patchwork and quilting about 12 years ago and was immediately addicted. Serving on the Region 15E Committee for 6 years and being Coordinator for the last 4 was a great pleasure and I thoroughly enjoyed guiding the region through many events and in particular the AGM in 2018. I continue to enjoy attending workshops to learn new techniques and believe it is important to encourage others to discover the benefits of our wonderful craft

General Trustee: Claire Powell

Claire lives in Suffolk which is part of Region 8.  She first encountered patchwork in her early 20s when she visited the American Museum in Bath and saw quilts for the first time. She was stunned by their beauty, the workmanship involved and longed to become a quilter. But, about to embark on a legal career, she assumed that patchwork was too time consuming to do alongside a full time job.  Twenty years later when she  took a job that was only part time, she felt she had time to start doing patchwork at last. Since then it has been a constant in her life, keeping her grounded, sane and creative!

In 2007 Claire started designing cushions, bags, cot quilts etc, and making up them up into kits which she sold online. Her aim was to help anyone to be able to start patchwork easily – no need for rotary cutters and cutting mats as she provided everything cut ready to sew.  After 7 years Claire had to wind it up when her day job became too demanding but it left her with a desire to one day go back to the more creative life.  Following a move to very rural Suffolk to deliberately step away from the rat race, Claire set up a long arm quilting business as she loves long arm quilting. For her, quilting makes the quilt, what ever way it’s done and “quilt as desired” are her favourite 3 words!!  She also remains a prolific quilt maker, loving bright colours, batiks and the Modern Quilt movement.

Claire’s 25 year career in financial services at a senior level means she has significant experience of working in a regulatory environment, at board level, developing business strategies, risk management frameworks and working through change initiatives.  Many of these experiences can be adapted to supporting the Quilters Guild along with her experience of running two creative businesses. Claire strongly believes in the value of the Guild for bringing quilters together, to help those setting out in this wonderful craft through workshops and other forms of training and to continue to grow the Guild's quilt collection.