Trustees

Barbara Gray, Chairman of Trustees
Barbara’s background is in Administration. Her organisational skills are helpful in both her main roles, as Chairman of Trustees and Collection Curator which includes care and storage, exhibitions and displays, listing and indexing. Barbara says she is not a knitter, but is in awe of the talented makkers and demonstrators.

Barbara Cheyne, Trustee
Barbara is the Meetings Secretary. She is also a knitter and demonstrator, and has demonstrated Fair Isle knitting in Japan for the British Wool Marketing Board in the early 1990s. She has been a Core Tutor during Wool Week and has garments with instructions in various publications.

Ingirid Eunson, Trustee
Ingirid lived for many years in Fair Isle, where she was a member of a co-operative making and promoting Fair Isle knitwear. She prefers to spin these days, and enjoys looking after the Textile Museum’s press cuttings and scrap book for the archive.

Linda Newington, Trustee and Volunteer Archivist & Librarian
Linda is a visual artist, formerly an art and design librarian. She founded and developed ‘In the loop’, a series of inter-disciplinary, international conferences. They were focused solely on knitting taking place from 2008 to 2018, and held twice in Shetland. She is currently organising and indexing the Museum’s Archive. 

James Nielson, Trustee
James arrived in Shetland 4 years ago.  His background is in pharmacy, but he is in addition a skilled knitter, spinner and dyer.  We also value his computer skills when needed.       

Marion Ockendon, Trustee and Volunteers Co-ordinator
Marion is the Volunteers Co-ordinator, assists with curation of the Collection, including exhibitions and displays, and knits in between times.   An ex-teacher and interpreter, her organisational and language skills come in very useful in the day-to-day challenges at da Böd.

Lauretta Robertson, Trustee
Lauretta has been a Trustee of the Shetland Textile Museum since its inception.  A skilled knitter and pattern writer, particularly of lace, her knowledge is invaluable when cataloguing or preparing new donations to the Collection.

Dorota Rychlik, Trustee
Dorota set up Shetland’s first organic farm on the Isle of Vaila producing natural coloured Shetland wool. She also runs Vaila Fine Art in Lerwick.

Carol Christiansen, Museum Mentor
Carol is Curator and Community Museums Officer at Shetland Museum and Archives, but is also Mentor to the Trustees, providing us with professional advice when required. She is the author of Taatit rugs the pile bedcovers of Shetland, amongst other publications.

Brita Hövenmark, Custodian
Brita has been our Custodian for many years, and combines her expertise in knitting, spinning and weaving with her display and organisational skills. She has a particular interest in Scandinavian knitting and its history.

Alan Ockendon, Honorary Treasurer
Alan is the Honorary Treasurer, he is retired from a varied career in finance and business at senior level. He can also often be found helping out with more practical tasks using hammer and saw.

Trustees at work – from left to right: Barbara Gray, Linda Newington, Marion Ockendon