The election/co-option  of Trustees to serve for 2020-22 has been conducted by email. We thought you would like to know more about the candidates.  Here’s what they say about themselves, including WI/Federation posts they have held, past and present.


CAROL GARTRELL: Federation Chairman.  Member since 2009 of Deepcut & Frimley and Bagshot WIs. WI/Federation posts held: Deepcut: Committee and Minuting Secretary, President. Deepcut & Frimley: Event Manager. Federation Vice-chair,Vice-chair Home Economics, Craft and Gardening Committee, chair Communications and Publicity Committee Married with two children, three grandchildren. Academic and author. Hobbies: Cooking, gardening and garden design, machine and hand needlework, historic houses and gardens, Yoga.

TOTO JAMES: Federation vice-chairman. Member since 2010. Fulham & Chelsea, Streatham. WI/Federation posts held: Committee member/President Fulham & Chelsea. Head of Digital, member Membership Committee, Digital and Public Affairs Working Groups. NFWI Trustee and member of NFWI Public Affairs Committee. London-based marketing consultant and has undertaken a number of charity projects, including establishing a visiting English teaching programme at a school in Gujarat, India.


ANGIE LEACH: Federation vice-chairman. Member since 2011 of Streatham. WI/Federation posts held: WI Adviser, chair of Membership, Public Affairs team leader. Married for 27 years, four daughters, various pets. Former nanny and teacher of nursery aged children at a school in Battersea, school governor for 13 years. Likes cold water swimming and is a Brown Owl.


SHEENA LANDGRAF: Founder member of Caterham Hill, 2015. WI/Federation posts held: Caterham Hill treasurer, Federation treasurer, Independent Financial Examiner.Work as a char-
tered accountant, parttime at quieter parts of the year. Hobbies: certificate and diploma in hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework, now concentrating on Japanese embroidery. Active member of Oakhall Church in Caterham.


JUDITH BROOME: Member of Surbiton, New Malden, New Malden Manorettes. WI/Federation posts held: President, committee member; Trustee and member of Events Committee for eight years, equality and diversity officer, mental health and first aid officer. Retired special needs teacher with three sons. Trustee Kingston Mencap, runs a group for special needs adults to give the members a social life and holidays. Member of Kingston Hospital panel for equality for patients and safeguarding panel, Kingston Social Services.


CHRIS BUTTERFIELD: Member since 2005. Chipstead Evening. WI/Federation posts held: Tadworth Court President, committee (arranging speakers); NFWI Training Committee, SFWI
Adviser and chair of Membership Committee. Worked as a hairdresser for 20 years then joined BT and worked in outside broadcasts. Former Tawny Owl and Guide leader. Hobbies golf, walking, needlework and my dolls’ house.


BETTY DOMINY: Member since 1987, New Malden. WI/Federation posts held: In the ‘90s took Open College Network courses in preserves and baking delivered by Eileen Bowler and was invited to join the Home Economics Committee and deliver courses in nutrition and music, health and safety.Worked with NFWI setting up Let’s Cook programme working with disadvantaged families, trained tutors, served on the national cookery committee. Delivered qualifications to Surrey members in baking and preserves and Royal Society of Health qualifications.Trustee since 2012. Retired teacher, married with four children and nine grandchildren. Hobbies: Gardening and member of the camera group.


MARION MITCHELL: Member since 2011. Churt. WI/Federation posts held: Speaker hostess, secretary, President, Haslemere Group co-ordinator. Events, Leisure and Fundraising sub-committee member and current chairman. Married, with two sons and identical twin granddaughters. Worked for Cornhill Insurance Group for 22 years and Barclays Bank for five years processing the mis-selling of pensions and mortgages. Hobbies: reading, gardening, painting/drawing. Member of Churt Village Garden Club.


DEBBIE PLAYLE: Member since 2015. Old Coulsdon Cupcakes. WI/Federation posts held: Founding President, committee member, joint co-ordinator Purley Group; social media champion, member of Digital and Events, Leisure & Fundraising committees. Married, with three step-children and one step-grandson. Last job was HR and salaries administrator at a veterinary practice. Sit on several local committees, treasurer for local group fund raising for Christmas lights for our village. Likes to keep fit, ideal day out a cocktail or two and a trip to the theatre.

PAT WHIFFIN: Member since 2005, Claygate Village and Cobham Cedar Club. WI/Federation posts held: Federation Trustee. Two children, two ‘granddogs.’ Avid reader, keen theatregoer, love the ballet, gardener with new glasshouse to play in, garden visitor. Enjoys UK and overseas travel, and playing bridge.


HILARY BROOKS: Member since 1975,Walton-onThames. WI/Federation posts held: Committee member twice for a total of 19 years, President four years; Resolutions representative since 2018, newly elected chair of Public Affairs Working Party. Retired district nurse and long term widow, three lovely but far-flung children. Hobbies: genealogical research, church bellringing (tower secretary and Guild newsletter editor). Trustee for Elmbridge Youth Theatre, enjoy sewing costumes for their productions.

JILL MULRYAN: Member since 2008. Kenley Flyers. WI/Federation posts held: Secretary to Kenley and Kenley Flyers, Purley Group co-convenor, member Edenbridge & Oxted Show committee, ACWW rep. Married 55 years, two children, three grandchildren.Trained as a nurse, re-qualified as a social worker.Volunteer meeter and greeter at Purley Hospital, treasurer and assistant to organiser of an elders’ lunch club; organised local dining club for several years.

BECKY WARBURTON: Member since 2012, Spa Sweethearts (Harrogate); Tooting. WI/Federation posts held: President and membership secretary Spa Sweethearts; founder President of Tooting. Moved to London in 2015 to start a new job. Joined the WI after university, enjoyed it so much I wanted to find another group in London. Couldn’t find the right group for me so set up my own and Tooting WI was born! Event Manager at Cancer Research UK, organising our volunteer awards ceremony and other recognition events. Massive theatre and film fan.