Meet the Staff
Catherine Stuart Jervis –CEO
Catherine Stuart-Jervis has worked in the third sector for over 25 years managing a variety of philanthropic organisations. She has broad experience of welfare services, grant programmes, project management and charitable governance / administration. Catherine has worked as a senior manager both in infrastructure and front line charities including The Peak District Rural Deprivation Forum, Age Concern, Macclesfield and District CVS, the British Red Cross and most recently as CEO of a national organisation – The Charity Service – where she was a member of the North West Business Leaders Team and the North West Funders Forum.
In addition to her work in the charitable sector Catherine has held public appointments with the Cabinet Office as an NHS Ambassador for Equality and Diversity, as Non-Executive Director at East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, as a Lay Member for North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group and has worked with The University of York leading their “Making Research Count” programme. Catherine has resided in Buxton for over twenty years and now lives in the village of Flash on the Staffordshire border where she volunteers as a member of the Village Hall Social Committee.
Jonathan Charlesworth –Farm Business Development Officer
I have always been involved in farming.
I was brought up on my family farm which I currently manage alongside my role at FLC.
I studied HND agriculture at Askham Bryan, and have since worked in farm management, farm assurance and farm development roles.
Tiffany Belfield – Farm Resilience Support Officer
Joined us April 2017 She will support Jonathans role, her specialism is farm resilience and succession .Tiffany grew up on the family dairy farm near Flash. After completing her Agriculture course at Reaseheath College she now also works at the local cattle markets in Bakewell and Leek, as well as working at home helping with milking duties etc. Being familiar with the local area and local farmers she is looking forward to her new role at the Farming Life Centre.
Jane Butler – Rural Health Outreach Coordinator
Jane joined the team in May 2015, as coordinator of the Macmillan Rural Health Out Reach Service. Jane is a counsellor, and in her previous role worked at Blythe Hospice in Chapel en le Frith in the Macmillan Information and Support Centre.
Mary McNaught – Office Manager
Mary Joined the team in April 2015 – supporting all aspects of the centres work , recently she has gone on to be appointed as the regional coordinator for the Princes Countryside Fund Farm Resilience Programme
Karen Kidd –Rural Social Group Coordinator
Karen Joined the team in 2016 , she lives in Flash where she farms pedigree Zwartbles. She is enjoying working with our long standing Wednesday social group and our new Tuesday group along with setting up an outlying group at Boylestone. For information on any group please contact the centre.
Meet the Trustees –
LyndonHorwell – Chair – Lyndon initially got involved with the centre as a member of the 2013 Uplands Academy. He lives on a small upland holding in the South West Peak where he has two small pedigree sheep flocks. He has almost twenty years experience in financial institutions, joining the Farming Life Centre’s Board of Trustees in 2015 and becoming chair earlier in 2016.
Liz Fitzgibbon – Treasurer
Liz joined as a director in 2008 having been involved with the Centre since its inception. Liz works as a Chartered Tax Adviser for a firm of Accountants in Buxton who specialise in farming and other rural businesses.
John Lomas –
John joined the Centre’s Board of Trustees in 2014, having retired from the Peak District National Park Authority, where he had been a Director since 2000 with responsibilities for Conservation, Planning and Policy. He first worked there in 1976 and in the early 1980s set up a grants and advice service for farmers which is still available today. He’s from a local farming family and in 1978 bought his first cattle. He now keeps Beef Shorthorn and Hereford cattle and Derbyshire Gritstone sheep at his farm near Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Judy Dilks – Judy and her husband Bob have run a dairy enterprise at their tenanted farm at Hassop, near Bakewell for 25 years. They are currently milking a mixed herd (Holstein Friesan and Montbellliard) of 120, with 60 heifers. Judy works off farm as a teaching assistant at a local primary school and has been a dedicated supporter of Bakewell Young Farmers’ Club for many years. She joined the Board at The Farming Life Centre in 2011
Chloe Palmer – was appointed as Director of Trent Rivers Trust in 2012. She works part time for the Trust with responsibility for securing and managing the funding of the Trust, ensuring the successful delivery of contracts, establishing the Trust’s profile and developing new projects. Alongside her role as Director of the Trust, Chloe is a freelance agricultural journalist writing for the Farmers Guardian and she also runs her own farming and environment advice consultancy
Carol Lloyd – grew up in a remote farmhouse on the top of a hill in Cheshire and currently lives in the Derbyshire Dales. She was proud to be a REALM Harper Graduate, former national Meat and Livestock Advisor and agri-business dot-comer back in the day.
She has been involved with FLC with various hats on since 2009; as a volunteer, working freelance delivering a dementia and Time to Change projects as well as being employed as Health Trainer until a transfer to the NHS. Having a former agri-business career and now involved in wellbeing gives her a unique insight into the charity and its beneficiaries. Currently working as an NHS Wellbeing Worker, She is continually inspired by clients who go on to transform their lives.
Meet the volunteers –
John Thomas – a long time volunteer supporter of the centre who helps with all things technological, he also joins Pauline in leading our Walks for Health
Pauline Bramley -Pictured here centre with her group is our trained Walks for Health Leader she is a recently retired Physiotherapist , having worked in Sheffield community services for over 25 years , Pauline is a farmers daughter with a continuing small arable farm business in West Yorkshire which she manages since her Dad passed away last year. Her hobbies include golf , walking and music( including being in a choir and learning to play guitar), bridge, holidays, theatre. Fitness Pilates etc.
Dr Alan Hearsum – Former trustee and long time supporter of the Centre, Alan supports us in our bid work. Not only is he is always on hand to help with the smooth running of the centre, he is a prolific fundraiser for us .
Ged Fitzgibbon – Long time supporter of the centre, he has helped out with many tasks, including last years major re- decoration project. He was recently found playing the keyboard & singing carols with our Rural Social Group which was most enjoyable. Ged provides invaluable support for the production of the website.