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The Team

QMCG is a nationwide charity run by volunteers, the Executive Committee of which is overseen by a Board of Trustees. We have one member of staff – a part-time, self-employed secretary.

The Board of Trustees

Teresa Myers – Chairman
Ruth Briant – Executive Chair
Sharon Stewart – Hon Treasurer
Mary Guppy
Julia Knight
Roisin Tierney
Helen Whitbread
Matilda Woodford

Teresa Myers – Chairman

Teresa joined QMCG 1969 as part of her aunt Lady Marigold Jamieson’s group. Marigold took over her mother’s group (Baroness Beaumont)  who was a friend of Queen Mary. Teresa became a President in 1996 and served as Guild Vice Chairman 2006-2009 going on to serve as Chairman until 2012. Teresa joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.

Ruth Briant

Following an Education and Fine Arts degree from Homerton and teaching in Primary Schools, Ruth moved into museums, gaining a Museums Diploma whilst working at the V&A. For over 25 years she has worked as a Museum Educator with schools, special needs students and families to bring the past alive through the study of objects.

She was introduced to the Guild about 25 years ago by her mother-in-law Felicity Briant. Ruth is Chair of an Arts Society (NADFAS) in Victoria and a Trustee of the Museum of the Boards in Norfolk.

A Court Assistant in the Educators’ Livery Company, she enjoys working in various museums in London.

Sharon Stewart – Hon Treasurer

Sharon Stewart joined the Board of Trustees on 1st January 2015 when she was appointed Hon. Treasurer.  She has been involved with the Guild since 2005 and was elected onto the  Executive Committee in 2011. Sharon worked as an Associate Director for a Lloyd’s reinsurance broker for 14 years.  She was involved in the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Reinsurance which provided cover for 90% of the world’s ocean going tonnage.

Mary Guppy


Mary has been involved with QMCG for 18 years, served on the Executive Committee and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2020. She has been a volunteer for the RDA for 40 years – 30 of those years as Chair of the local branch. She has also served 10 years on the local NSPCC committee and 8 years as Governor of the local Grammar School. Mary is currently on the local PCC and is heading a campaign to save The Fielding Palmer Cottage Hospital in Lutterworth.

Julia Knight

Julia Knight was introduced to the QMCG by her aunt, Mary Newman, herself a lifelong friend and neighbour to fellow supporter, Jane Fitzgerald. Starting as a volunteer on their linen stand in 2011, she then became stallholder and subsequently served on the Executive Committee from 2017 to 2021. Julia joined the Board of Trustees in 2022. Outside of her QMCG involvement, she runs her own business as European Fashion Agent.

Roisin Tierney MVO

Roisin joined QMCG through her work as a “casual” nurse in the Royal Household (awarded the MVO in 2016) helping at many Guild Packing Weeks at St James’s Palace. Roisin was appointed a President and Trustee in 2019.  After training as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital, Roisin held various senior posts managing units specialising in intensive care and respiratory medicine including the use of iron lungs.  She has served as a Trustee on several committees and as Treasurer for many years on the Nightingale Fellowship Council, and is a Patron of the Lane-Fox Patient’s Respiratory Unit Patient’s Association.  She is a Steward at Westminster Cathedral and a member of the Catholic Chaplaincy team at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Helen Whitbread

Helen was introduced to the Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild by former Chairman Blanche Lonsdale, in the 1980s, following on from her mother-in-law, Joscelyn, who was a member in the 1930s. Helen joined the Board of Trustees in 2021. She had a peripatetic, army childhood – and worked as a civil servant in what were formerly Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland. She was a founder member and Chairman of Gloucestershire Fine Arts Society, a founder member of Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust and also of the Rare Breeds Society. She was a Churchwarden for 38 years. In 2000, she was the oldest participant in a 350 mile charity bicycle ride in Malawi. Now widowed, she lives in Gloucestershire, where her interests include her home and garden and her family.

The Executive Committee

Ruth Briant – Executive Chair
Vicky Spendlove – Vice Executive Chair
Sharon Stewart – Hon. Treasurer
Hadley Denny
Susan Hammond
Abigail Safarty
Sherry Watson

Heather Mears – Secretary

Guild Ambassadors

We have recently introduced a new role for Friends of QMCG who wish to become more involved – our Guild Ambassadors. They are expected to hold an active role within the charity, for example, by serving on the Executive Committee, helping with fundraising, encouraging and liaising with new Friends and knitters, and assisting with the annual sorting and distribution of clothing and bedding at our Packing Week.