About The Guild


The Guild is governed by a board of trustees to ensure that the educational institution meets its charitable purpose and is compliant with Department for Education guidance and all statutory obligations.

Paula Riordan

Principal of The Guild for Lifelong Learning

I am a professional educationalist employed as the Guild for Lifelong Learning an adult education charity with its own centre. I have worked as a professional in education (FE, HE, teacher training, secondary schools and youth work) for almost 30 years and I have been Principal of the Guild since 2011.

I am truly passionate about the value of adult education and how it can improve the lives of people of all ages. Adult education, in addition to improving the life chances of individuals, is shown to have positive effects on individuals' physical and emotional wellbeing and on their interaction with and participation in society.

John Dennis

As a former retail projects executive and branch manager my duties included stock control, national promotion, research and feasibility studies and development/design of new store lay out.

I am also a current member of the British Institute of Marketing & British Institute of Management.

Now retired, I am the lead member of the Guild's premises committee and active coordinator of the Photographic society.

Janet Douglas

Chairman of The Guild for Lifelong Learning

I have been involved with the Guild since childhood. Both my parents were members of various classes and groups from the early days of the Guild and my father was Chairman at one time.

Now retired, I was a teacher at Junior and at Secondary level so I have experience of education but mainly I consider my knowledge of the background of the Guild to be of use and my principal task to be to provide some continuity as the Guild moves forward with the times.

Sue Radley

I was born and brought up in South Yorkshire, but I have called Cheshire home since 2003 since a move with my job. In between I have and lived and worked in London and also had the opportunity to do so in France and Switzerland.

My background is finance and I have spent most of my career within a multi-national company. Having said that, I have held varied finance roles in many different parts of the business: from frozen peas to scientific research!

I am a keen cook and like experimenting with different international cuisine and more recently breadmaking. I also enjoy putting my hand to home improvements, including decorating and making soft furnishings.

I am also trustee for the Macclesfield Town Community Sports Trust, a charity that promotes health and wellbeing through sporting activity and education. I am now also very much looking forward to supporting and being part of the growth of the Guild in achieving its vision.

Grace Reed

I am a retired primary school teacher and taught in London, Hertfordshire and Cheshire.

We moved to Wilmslow in 1974 when my husband became County Valuer for Greater Manchester.

I joined the Guild in that year and first joined the Players. I have attended various courses but mainly worked with the Players. Since 1980 I have run the Costume wardrobe to raise money for the Guild.

I hope that the Guild continues to flourish as it is such a special place.