Meet the Team





Mary McNaught – Office Manager

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.






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 our groups in rural locations

Meet the Trustees –

Chair of Trustees


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


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.


Liz Broomhead   Our Hartington community champion –  she has helped set up the group , gets the room ready and helps with transport  Liz you’re a star


Al Quine – helps us on an occasional basis with  serving tea and cakes and as you can see the washing up, she is a friendly face for the members of our monthly Hartington group to meet   – if this is something you could do at any of our locations we would love to hear from you. 01629 810903


Rodger and the Boylestone Volunteers help support the monthly groups programme