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Trustees can be contacted using contact@the-tg.com and putting the relevant Trustee's name in the subject line.

Meet the Board of TG

Penny Ryan - Chair or TG Social group for women
Penny Ryan, National Chair
What’s she doing here, she’s the Treasurer! Was that your reaction to my election as National Chair?

I may have been the Treasurer, but I am also a Townswomen. I am committed to keeping TG going because it has a lot to offer women of all ages and backgrounds, they just need to know about us.

The role of Chair requires the ability to listen to others and to make decisions, and it takes stamina. The last is particularly true of the National Chair who spends a lot of time travelling. I hope that I have those qualities. Jenny Rideout had these qualities in abundance, and I hope I can follow her example.

Beryl Hales - Vice Chair or TG Social group for women
Beryl Hales, National Vice Chair
As Vice-Chairman I am responsible for Recruitment, Development and Promotion. I work with Sara Trayers, National Recruitment Officer, as well as our Development Officers, on plans and activities to increase membership, open new Guilds and raise the profile of TG.

I continue to be involved with the Townswoman magazine, which I am delighted to be able to do as I feel that it is such an interesting and vibrant publication.  Ideas, comments or suggestions about any of these aspects of TG are always welcome.

I continue as Trustee contact for Chesterfield and District, Nottinghamshire and North Staffordshire, as well 13 Guilds without Federations. I am delighted to add Northern Ireland and the Isle of Wight to this list. 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 get in touch if you want to discuss anything.

Jean Watkins, National Trustee - for TG Social group for women
Jean Watkins, National Vice Chair
I live in Bournemouth and I am the Trustee contact for Berkshire, Bournemouth, Dorset, East Hampshire, Hampshire North, Mid Hants & Wilts and New Forest as well as Guilds within these areas who do not belong to a Federation. 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 6 years and currently Chair Bournemouth Federation.

Marilyn Lawton, Honorary National Treasurer of TG Social Group for Women
Marilyn Lawton, Honorary National Treasurer
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.

Connie Nunn, National Trustee of TG social group for women
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.

Barbara Cobain, National Trustee for TG social group for women
Barbara Cobain, National Trustee
I live in the Wirral and have been a TG member for twenty 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 Liverpool, Greater Merseyside, Lancashire,  Manchester and the Wirral. I am also the development officer for the North West of England.    

 Lynda Young, National Trustee - for TG social group for women
Lynda Young, National Trustee
I am now entering my third year as a Trustee, I have been a Townswoman for almost 40 years during which time I have been both Treasurer and Chairman of my Guild and Chairman and now Treasurer of my Federation.

I have lived in Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex for the last five years, but sadly have no local TG, something I have tried to remedy, unsuccessfully, in my Village, but I haven’t given up and will attempt to open one in the next Village which is bigger than mine. I look after the Essex Federations, South and South East as well as East Anglia, Cambridge and a couple of Guilds in North London, plus the Guilds without Federations in these areas. I will also be looking after the Associate Members.

As a Board Member I help with the Arts and Crafts planning and am always happy to receive your ideas, especially original ideas and patterns which can go on the Craft page of the TG website. I am also a Development Officer and am currently trying to open a new Guild within South East Essex Federation, in Wickford, which will be an evening Guild as there is already an afternoon Guild in a different part of the town.     

Maureen Brown, national trustee for TG social group for women

Maureen Brown, National Trustee
I currently live in Newcastle upon Tyne where I was born but I lived in East Yorkshire for 17 years and even spent two very happy years in Virginia USA. I have been involved with TG for ten years and am currently the Chairman and Secretary of High Heaton Guild. I am also on the North Durham Federation Committee and enjoy getting involved with their events.

I am particularly interested in helping to promote TG and increase our membership. Society and women’s lives have changed a great deal since the founding of The Townswomen’s Guilds and continues to change at a sometimes alarming pace. Much of the change is connected with the growth of technology and the prominence of Social Media in our everyday lives, and I hope I might be able to help TG members embrace these changes.

As the newest member of the Board I am looking forward to meeting you at events and please feel free to contact me if you think I can help your Guild or Federation.





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