Click for login and accessibility options

We want to make using our website as easy as possible. Should you find it difficult to read this website please increase size of text button below to increase size or the contrast background option for a version of the website with less pictures and black text on a yellow background.

Contrast Background Increase size of text Close

You are here: > About TG > People > The Board

Trustees can be contacted using and putting the relevant Trustee's name in the subject line.

Meet the Board of TG

Jenny Rideout, National Chairman
I’m now in my third year as chairman. As well as organizing the AGM, carol services and the International Women’s Day luncheon, I have been welcomed to Guilds throughout the UK from Scotland to Cornwall and cannot thanks our members enough for the hospitality given to me. I am still trying to move TG forward in different ways with recruitment being one of our top priorities.

The areas I look after are Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Isle of Wight and Dorset.

Over this last year I have also worked closely with Penny Ryan to bring the board of Trustees up to date with all that running a charitable organisation entails, in accordance with Charity Commission recommendations. I now have nine fellow Trustees which allows us to spread out the workload more and will hopefully lead to things running even more smoothly from now on.

Penny Ryan, Honorary National Treasurer
As Treasurer I see my role as having responsibility for the stewardship of TG's resources,that is ensuring that they are being used efficiently and effectively. I also believe strongly in transparency and am happy to deal with any queries about finances.

I am the link Trustee for the south east – Kent, Surrey, Sussex (East and West), South London, Hampshire and Bournemouth – and have enjoyed getting to know my members.

I am also enjoying responsibility for the TG website and shop and am happy to hear your ideas and questions about content.

Janice Collins, National Vice Chairman
My role as one of the two Vice Chairmen of our great organisation is to oversee the national campaigns and mandates, the Sports and Creative Leisure activities including Arts and Crafts, national conferences and lunches, and staffing matters. I have served on the Board of Trustees for 5 years.

My home for the past 10 years, is in the East Midlands, Market Harborough in Leicestershire. I have been a board member for 5 years now and my area to oversee is the West Midlands. This includes Birmingham, West Midlands, Shropshire and Mid Wales, South Staffordshire and West Staffordshire Federations as well as Sedgley Morning, Hereford Tupsley, Kenilworth and Gornal Wood Morning Guilds without a Federation.

Beryl Hales, National Vice Chairman
As Vice-Chairman I am responsible for Recruitment, Development and Promotion, and will be working with the National Recruitment Officer and Development Officers on plans and activities to increase membership, open new Guilds and raise the profile of TG.

I also remain involved with the Townswoman magazine, which I am delighted to be able to do as I feel that it is such a good quality member’s magazine.

If you have any ideas, comments or suggestions about either of these aspects of TG, please do get in touch and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

As the Trustee contact for Chesterfield and District, Nottinghamshire, North Staffordshire and fourteen Guilds without Federations, I hope that I will be able to meet you during the year. Please come and say hello if we are at the same event and please don’t be afraid to get in touch if you need my help with anything.

Connie Nunn, National Trustee
I live in Daventry, Northamptonshire and as Trustee help to look after the Northamptonshire Federation along with Cambridge, Beds & Central Herts, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. I also look after several Guilds without Federations in those areas.

Nationally, I am responsible for organising conferences and do my best to bring something of interest to as many areas as possible. I am always open to ideas so if you would like a conference in your area please get in touch and let me know what sorts of topics would be of interest to your members as well as any ideas for a suitable venue.

Marilyn Lawton, National Trustee
I joined the Board of Trustees in September 2015 after being a Townswoman for more than 35 years. I am Rotherham and District's Federation Treasurer and have also been Guild Secretary and Treasurer over the years.

The Federations that I look after are Airedale & Wharfdale, Calderdale, Leeds, North Manchester, Sheffield Cutler, South Manchester and my own, as well as several Guilds without Federations spread over the north of England.

I oversee Sponsorship and Sport and Creative Leisure, and am looking forward to next year's National Quiz regional heats building towards the Final in May, as well as the Bowls Final in August. I hope that you can join in with both competitions as it's the more the merrier.

Jenny Thorne, National Trustee
I have been a member of North Middlesex Federation for 27 years and during this time have served as a committee member of my Guild and Federation and been Chairman on both of these.

The areas I am the HQ contact for are: Federations, Berkshire, Chiltern & Castle, North London, North Middlesex, Hendon & District, South West Herts and South Middlesex. Guilds without Federations: Harrow Kenton Afternoon. Bush Hill Park Evening, Ealing Central Afternoon and Hayes End Afternoon.

There is the One Sock Show that you may borrow to display in a public place in your area. You may want the complete show or part of the show depending on the space to exhibit. This is also free of charge for postage etc.

The National Board tries very hard to promote TG nationwide but it is up to members to try and promote TG in their own area. Why not have a Getting to Know You in your area to which you could invite non-members. This is financed by HQ and I will give help and guidance to arrange one.



Barbara Cobain, National Trustee
I live in the Wirral and have been a TG member for eighteen years, six of which were spent as secretary of my local Guild in Greasby. I have been a member of the Wirral Federation committee for three years and was asked to start up new Guilds in the area. I began with New Brighton, which is now going strongly, and I hope to try to start another one soon.

I have been a member of the Board of Trustees for two years and my area of responsibility is the North West of England from Cumbria to the Wirral.  I am also the development officer for the North West of England.            

  Lynda Young, National Trustee
I joined the Board in 2017 and have been a Townswoman since 1980.  During this time I have been both Treasurer and Chairman of my Guild.  I was also Chairman for 7 years of my Federation and am now Treasurer.

I have lived in Tolleshunt D’Arcy, which is in the North East of Essex since December 2014.  Currently there are no Guilds close to where I live but I am hoping to start one soon.

I have been looking after the three Essex Federations - South, South East and South West and East Anglia Federation since I joined the Board and have now taken on Cambridge Federation as well.

I am a Development Officer and look forward to working with our new National Recruitment Officer Sara Trayers.

I will also be working with Janice Collins to arrange Arts and Crafts events. I would appreciate receiving your input on these, we want to arrange events which are of interest to you.

In common with the other Trustees, I am always happy to hear your ideas, questions and even your grumbles and will try my best to help you with all of them.


Jean Watkins, National Trustee
I live in Bournemouth and I am the Trustee contact for Bath, Bristol, Hampshire, New Forest, Wiltshire, Bournemouth, Southampton, Plymouth, Somerset and South Devon as well as 9 Guilds without Federations. I look forward to getting to know you so please come and say hello if we are at the same event. If I can help your Federation or Guild in any way please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

I have been a TG member for 5 years and currently Chair Bournemouth Federation and a Guild.


Share this page:

Latest Comments

No comments have been left on this page. Why not be the first?

Please login below to add your comment.

Your Surname: Your Membership Number: Log in

Website design, development and marketing by Nexus Creative

We take your right to privacy and our legal responsibilities seriously please read our privacy statement to discover how we do this.