Area Executive

The Executive

The Sussex Area Council is the governing body of the Sussex Area of NAFAS. It elects members of the Executive Committee to undertake the day-to-day management of the Area, together with Non-Executive appointees as appropriate.

Members of the Executive Committee are trustees of the educational charity Sussex Area of NAFAS.

Jilly Griffin

Jilly Griffin

Jilly is a member of Warnham Evening Flower Club and New Visions contemporary group in Sussex; Wessex Free Spirits in Wessex & Jersey; Southern Demonstrators Group in Surrey; and an individual member of London & Overseas. She is a judge, demonstrator, speaker and tutor and competes when she has time. Jilly is a qualified sommelier, member of her local choir, supports Harlequins and England rugby teams and enjoys going for walks, especially if she’s dog sitting Jackson the Frenchie.

Gaenor Circus

Gaenor Circus
Vice Chairman

Gaenor is an Area demonstrator and judge and a member of both Warnham Flower Club and New Visions. She represents the Sussex Demonstrators to the National Demonstrators Committee. Her interests include playing the piano, bridge, Victorian and Russian literature, cooking and gardening and is a green belt in judo.

Brenda Bull

Brenda is a member of West Chiltington Floral Club and New Visions and is an Area Judge. She also enjoys gardening, singing with a local choir and is a member of her village church and flower team.

Lesley Eherton

Lesley Etherton

Lesley is a member of Warnham Evening Flower Club. Having dabbled in flower arranging for over 30 years since her children were small, Lesley became more involved when she retired six years ago. A keen gardener and allotment holder, she also enjoys sewing and reading

Maggie Hayes

Maggie Hayes
Chairman JDS&E

Maggie is a Sussex Area Demonstrator and Judge, a member of New Visions and Horam & Heathfield flower clubs. She enjoys gardening, beekeeping, walking and training her dogs.

Tricia Bridgman
Media Administrator

Tricia is a member of East Preston Floral Club. When she retired from working in 'adminstration', she wanted to do something creative and believed joining a flower club was the best decision she ever made. She also enjoys decorating, walking, gardening and spending time with her family

Stef Maynard
Programme Administrator

Stef started flower arranging in 2005, and is currently a member of New Visions. She went on to study floristry and has enjoyed flowering many weddings and events. She is a keen gardener, loving all things natural and is currently learning basket making and willow weaving.

Carol Lathlieff

Carol Lathleiff
Ticket Administrator

Carol moved from London to West Sussex nearly eight years ago and joined her local Flower Club (Steyning) who were very welcoming. She was encouraged to join a beginners’ workshop and hasn't looked back on her journey leading to arranging in Westminster Abbey!


Area Appointments (non Executive)

Nancy Hubbard

Nancy Hubbard
Flower Arranger Administrator

Nancy is a member of Horsham (Chairman / Programme Secretary) and Warnham clubs. These rôles have enabled her to enjoy meeting many members. Nancy also gardens, is an assistant beekeeper, sews, knits and enjoys touring in France.

Jenny Foster-Smith
Publications Administrator

Jenny is currently President of Horam & Heathfield Flower Club where she has been a member for 17 years. Her interests include wildlife and conservation issues and she also enjoys gardening, cookery and DIY

Christine Purkess

Christine Purkess
Website Administrator

Christine is a member of Ninfield Flower Group and has served as Area Secretary. An occasional golfer, she enjoys her garden as well as painting with both watercolour and pastels.

Duncan Ward
Area Newsletter Editor

Duncan is an Area Judge, member of Seaford Evening Flower Club, New Visions, and Horley Flower Club in Surrey. Apart from working in property management, he is a keen gardener, church flower arranger, and cat lover.