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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
Linda Thompson – CEO
Sharon Stewart – Hon Treasurer
Mary Guppy
Roisin Tierney
Susan Wallace
Helen Whitbread

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.

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.

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.

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

Linda Thompson – CEO
Ruth Briant – Vice CEO
Sharon Stewart – Hon. Treasurer
Victoria Spendlove – Royal Group Ambassador
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.