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The Quilt Association Trustees

Christine Cooper

In the 1980s Christine served on the Embroiderers’ Guild Executive as a chairman of the Young Embroiderers’ Society. She taught embroidery at City & Guilds level for several years, and then patchwork, quilting and embroidery non-vocational classes for local authorities, Guild branches, groups and privately. On moving to Wales Christine took the opportunity to study at Westhope College, furthering her interest in patchwork and quilting, having already discovered the annual summer quilt show run by The Quilt Assocation. She has exhibited work with various groups over the years, and has work in private collections.             

Doreen Gough

Born in SW London, and with a background in horticulture and teaching, Doreen moved to Mid-Wales in 1981. Since then she has been employed by both the Museum Service and tourism industries, at the same time being able to indulge her interest in textiles in all their forms - historical, social and contemporary application, by studying and teaching all aspects of stitched textile art.

She brings to the Board of Trustees a knowledge of quilts and quilting and how these skills have been integrated into the local economy and social history in the past and how textiles and quilts in particular can impact upon tourism and social inclusion in the community today. 

Norma McCrory

Norma joined the Quilt Association as soon as she arrived in Mid Wales in 2014 and became a trustee in 2016.

After developing a keen interest in patchwork and quilting during a year spent in New Jersey, she took the City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting Certificate.

She has a particular interest in social history and has been involved in the Historic Textiles Project at the Weald and Downland Museum in West Sussex. 

Jeni Morrison

Jeni Morrison joined the Quilt Association as a trustee in 2011. She was born in NW London of Welsh parents. A secretarial training led to clerical jobs in the NHS and then working from home. An OU degree in the History of Chemistry led to a research assistantship at the Northwich Salt Museum. She retired to Llanidloes in 1984 and became involved in the administration of various charities and not-for-profit organisations.

After several years collecting fabrics, especially those of Laura Ashley, she joined the Welsh Heritage Quilters to learn how to convert these into something useful. She wishes she had started when she was much younger. She is particularly interested in the history of quilt making.

Jackie Newey

Jackie has worked in the voluntary sector in Powys for the past 16 years. She became a trustee in 2006, after volunteering first as Minutes Secretary for the organisation in 2003. Since then she has become passionate about quilting and patchwork, both the historical investigation and contemporary practice. She has worked on several projects at The Quilt Association recently, including Quilt Detectives and various building improvement works. Fundraising and project development aside, she enjoys documenting quilts donated to the collection. When not working or volunteering Jackie studies for her City & Guilds Patchwork & Quilting Certificate, and finishes the occasional quilt for exhibition.

Geoff Pedley

Geoff is a trustee and Company Secretary. He was a founding Director of the company and has a particular interest in and knowledge of charity and corporate governance and administration. This was put to good use in the establishment of the original constitution and articles and memorandum. Geoff is retired from a career in industrial marketing communications, product marketing and market analysis with an international company associated with Wales.

Jean Pegg

Jean Pegg joined the Quilt Association as a trustee in 2011, and became Chair of the organisation in 2013. She was born in Manchester and lived and worked there for most of her life. A Masters degree in Management led to a job in the International Office of Manchester Metropolitan University. Where, amongst other things, she organised the International Student Orientation and looked after the University's links with partner institutions around the world.

An opportunity of early retirement and a subsequent move to Wales gave her a chance to spend time experimenting with a variety of crafts. A love of textiles and colour led to patchwork and quilting, and to becoming Chair of Welsh Heritage Quilters. She is interested in both the history and the use of colour in quilts.

Chris Shercliff

Chris was born in Shropshire, moved to Staffordshire and joined a quilt group in the 1980s, thus giving herself one peaceful evening a week and her husband the opportunity to put small children to bed.  

Full-time teaching then took over her life until retirement to Wales  in 2012, when she was delighted to discover both the Welsh Heritage Quilters and the Quilt Association. She is interested in all aspects of quilting and textile arts, dabbles in both and, in particular, is keen to tell the world about the little gem that is the Minerva Arts Centre.

Joy Smout

Joy moved to Llanidloes sixteen years ago but she has visited the Quilt Association Summer Exhibition for many years when on holiday in the area. On retiring from teaching she joined the Welsh Heritage Quilters, taking on the Chair's role in 2013.

Joy has been a member of the Quilt Association for a number of years and became a trustee in 2016. She made her first quilt over 40 years ago for her son and enjoys many other craft activities including painting, card making, felting, knitting and sewing.