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.

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.

Sheila Cheal

Sheila Cheal

Sheila joined East Preston Floral Club in 1981 and has held the positions of treasurer and chairman. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading and sewing.

Lesley Eherton

Lesley Etherton

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 Heyes
Chairman Elect 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

Nel De Jong Smith

Nel de Jong Smith
Programme Administrator

Nel was born in the Netherlands and after college she went into teaching. In 1964 she came to England and married Micheal the following year. After retirement, Nel became a Sussex Area demonstrator. She enjoys gardening, walking and many other creativities.

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.

Maggie Hayes

Maggie Hayes
Publications Administrator

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

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.