The Federation is run by a Board of Trustees consisting of up to 15 members, of whom 12 are elected and up to three can be co-opted. They are responsible for the Federation’s overall control, management and leadership. Certain responsibilities can be delegated to volunteers or the employed office team.

The trustees are a link between the NFWI and individual WIs in Surrey and must ensure that they follow charity law and Charity Commission guidelines.  Their other responsibilities include:

  • passing on information from the NFWI to members;
  • setting the Federation’s budget and overseeing its finances;
  • attending board and sub-committee meetings;
  • issuing an annual report and accounts; and
  • organising events and activities for members.

Every two years the Chairman invites the trustees and each WI in the Federation to nominate members to be trustees.  If 12 or fewer nominations are received they are automatically appointed; if more than 12 are nominated a postal ballot of all Surrey WIs is held. The minimum number of elected trustees is eight. Additional trustees can be co-opted provided that they do not amount to more than a third of their total number. The trustees, who are all volunteers, appoint five officers from amongst their number: Chairman, three vice-Chairmen and the Federation Treasurer.

The Board of Trustees is always looking for new members, so if you are interested please contact the office. You may ask to be invited to attend a trustees’ meeting and must attend at least two meetings before you are asked if you are interested in becoming a board member, if you are you will need to be nominated by your WI or a trustee.

Jill Mulryan

Joint Chair of the Federation

Trustee | ACWW Representative | Member of Old Coulsdon WI

Angie Leach

Joint Chair of the Federation

Trustee | Chair of Membership Committee | WI Adviser | Member of Streatham and Surrey Vixens Virtual WI

Debbie Playle

Vice Chair of the Federation

Trustee | Social Media Champion | Member of Old Coulsdon Cupcakes WI

Sheena Landgraf

Federation Treasurer

Trustee | Member of Caterham Hill WI

Hilary Brooks

Vice Chair of the Federation

Trustee | Chair of Public Affairs | Resolution and Campaign Advocate | Member of Walton-on-Thames WI

Ann Thomas

Vice Chair of the Federation

Trustee | Edenbridge & Oxted Show Co-ordinator | President of Warlingham Evening WI

Ruth Williams


Home Economics Committee Member | Member of Stoneleigh, Ewell Court and Cuddington WI

Jan Jenner


Member of Maple Village WI

Ann Robertson


Member of Sanderstead Village WI

Shirley Wood


Chair of the Event, Leisure and Fundraising Committee | Member of Shalford and Surrey Vixens Virtual WI

Jill Arthur


Chair of the Home Economics Committee | Member of St John's WI



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