CEO Keith Bradshaw
Keith, who started working with us from April 2018 has acquired a great deal of experience in finance and marketing through his career in business and local government, he joins us at an exciting time.
We have secured funding for the next few years and are looking forward to growing to give more support to the farming and rural communities.
Keith says “I am looking forward to the challenges presented by this new position particularly in preparing an ambitious business plan to expand our client base and to meet the needs of our clients.
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 Charlesworth –Farm 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
Our Social Groups for rural communities for tea and chat , lunch clubs and speakers are currently active at Ashford in the Water at the War Memorial Insitute Group meets weekly on Wednesdays 1- 3 pm ,Bamford – meets monthly Fridays Methodist Church 1.30 – 3 pm , Boylestone – based at primitive Methodist church meets monthly Thursdays ,Hartington – based in the village Hall meets monthly 2 – 4 pm Tuesdays
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
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 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.
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 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 and the Hartington Volunteers – and by making tea and cake and
Rodger and the Boylestone Volunteers help support the monthly groups programme