Meet the Team

Meet the Staff




Mary McNaught – Manager

Appointed as manager in October 2017  Mary joined the team in April 2015 – to support  all aspects of the centres work , she is also currently  the regional coordinator for the Princes Countryside Fund Farm Resilience Programme. She helps out on her sons upland beef enterprise.





Catherine Catherine Stuart Jervis Business Consultant

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 CharlesworthFarm Business Development Officer

Jonathan has always been involved in farming.

He was brought up on my  family farm which he currently manages alongside his role at FLC.
He studied HND agriculture at Askham Bryan, and has since worked in farm management, farm assurance and farm development roles.



Tiffany Belfield  – Farm Resilience Support Officer

Tiffany joined us April 2017 . She aims to support Jonathans role, but adds to this her  specialism of 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 enjoying  to her  role at the Farming Life Centre.


Rachel Metcalfe – Rural Health Outreach Coordinator

Rachel  farms sheep in the Edale Valley and has come from an education background. Rachel Joined us in August 2017 as our Macmillan Health Outreach Coordinator. Where ever you find Rachel you can be sure there is a warm welcome  usually involving tea and cake and a listening ear so please do ring if you or your family are affected by cancer and you feel in  need a talk

Separate to her Macmillan work Rachel  has now taken on responsibility also  for  our social groups, she is great at sorting out venues and speakers and to gather groups in rural locations

Meet the Trustees –

Chair of Trustees

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.

Treasurer – Pennie Barker

Pennie joined the trustees as treasurer in Sept 2017  – she  runs her own rural accountancy business in the Peak District  where she also farms a flock of sheep



Liz Fitzgibbon

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.



Jane Gibbs – Farmer from Hartington joined the board in 2011

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

Meet the volunteers


john-t2 John Thomas – a long time volunteer supporter of the centre who helps with all things technological, he also joins Pauline in leading our monthly Walks for Health he also helps with dementia friendly walks .







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 recently. Her hobbies include golf , walking and music( including being in a choir and learning to play guitar), bridge, holidays, theatre. Fitness Pilates etc.

She says

I volunteer because I’m very grateful for my life and want to give something back. I love people especially those from a farming background who are so resilient, hard working and fun. Its great to get out of doors and enjoy our lovely Derbyshire countryside.

Ged Fitzgibbon – Long time supporter of the centre, he has helped the charity with many tasks, from decorating to playing carols for our Rural Social Group. Ged provides us with invaluable support for the production of the website.


Barbara Sloman

Barbara  started volunteering for us in 2017.  As a retired counsellor she is perfectly placed to support our workers at market every second Monday and is helping by helping to support members of our rural social groups who need a little more contact.