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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

Gillie Jackson – Chairman
Linda Thompson – CEO
Sharon Stewart – Hon Treasurer
Mary Guppy
Teresa Myers
Roisin Tierney
Susan Wallace

Gillie Jackson – Chairman

Gillie joined QMCG as the youngest Vice President in 1960 and became Chairman/CEO in 2003, when her first responsibility was to find a new Royal Patron! She joined the Board of Trustees in 2011 and has been Chairman of Trustees for 6 years. She has a B.Ed. degree and taught in a secondary school in Nairobi, when living in Kenya with her husband and two sons. She was Secretary and a Trustee of a Kenyan educational charity for many years. Returning to the UK, she founded a nursery and pre-preparatory school before moving on to teach secondary-age children out of school for two local authorities. She was Chair of Governors at her local primary school for 3 years and has just retired from working part-time for a wildlife charity in Berkshire.

Linda Thompson – CEO

Linda joined QMCG in 2010 becoming a President and Stallholder in 2013 and joining the Executive Committee in 2015 and Vice Chair in 2016.  She took over as CEO (Chairman role renamed) in 2019.  Linda has served 13 years on a local NSPCC committee, is Secretary of the local PCC and has volunteered on fundraising and events committees for 30 years including Pony Club, schools, church, City Livery company and local causes. Before retiring to bring up 4 children Linda was Associate Director of a consumer PR agency 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.

Teresa Myers

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.

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.

Susan Wallace

Susan started helping her mother with the Guild over 40 years ago and took over as a President when her mother retired. Susan has served on the Executive Committee, is a stallholder and has been a Trustee since 2014. Susan’s career included serving with the Royal Navy, banking, legal costing and accounting as well as Learning Support for disabled children. Now retired, Susan continues her Guild work, volunteers for the National Trust and her local museum.

The Executive Committee

Linda Thompson – CEO
Julia Knight – Vice CEO
Sharon Stewart – Hon. Treasurer
Victoria Spendlove – Royal Group Ambassador
Ruth Briant
Hadley Denny
Sallie Hawkins
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.