Meet the Executive Team
Pat Penno - Area President
Having been a member of this Area for 50 years I have been involved in many positions.
Being an Area Demonstrator and a National Teacher I have met up with lots of clubs and members throughout these years.
At Area level I have demonstrated to many clubs and taught a lot of members. I taught the City & Guilds course 1& 2, and then followed by the NAFAS Diploma Course, being the first Area to achieve level 4. I have been Chairman, President, Treasurer and Secretary many times for my own club.
Secretary and Chairman of the Teachers Committee, Chairman and treasurer of J.D.S & E.
Treasurer and Chairman of an Area show. A few years ago I was Treasurer of the Area and now my latest position as Chairman. Who would have thought my second year was going to be in lockdown for all these months?
At National level, I was in London for 7 consecutive years, 3 years on the Education Committee and 4 years as Trading Chairman. This was an amazing experience, especially attending Chelsea for 4 years, working 10 days at each event. I have been very fortunate to arrange flowers at Westminster Abbey twice, just delightful.
Looking at NAFAS we are struggling like every other Charity. But we have to think positive, be strong and work together to go forward so that we will survive. We all enjoy our love of plant materials and having Friendship, Flowers and Fun, we will succeed!
Maureen Olver - Area Chairman - Nov 2020
Who would have thought that joining adult education evening classes for flower arranging, and then Liskeard Flower Club - over 30 years ago - would have led to me to now taking office as Chairman of the Devon and Cornwall Area of NAFAS?
Those evening classes led to a floral journey which has involved various posts at Liskeard Club and at various venues to include Westminster Abbey.
It’s not all been hard work though - NAFAS has offered plenty of opportunities for fun, and through it all, many lasting friendships have been forged. Sharing the love of flowers with other Area members, and the wider circle of NAFAS is my passion,
Taking on the office of Area Chairman with the World in the grip of the pandemic is going to be an almighty challenge, but our club meetings WILL return, and the social, educational and creative aspects of our hobby will once more emphasise the Power of Flowers
Carol Yeo - Vice Chairman
Carol has been an Executive Member of the Area since 2016 and joined the committee to take on the role of Minutes Secretary. This role has increased her knowledge of NAFAS and enabled her to make many friends from across to the two counties of Devon & Cornwall. Carol is now looking forward to taking on the role of Vice Chairman and all that this may entail. She is also secretary of Topsham Flower Club, a post she has held for the last five years. Between 2005 and 2007, she attended Bicton College in East Devon and gained her Stage 2 in Floristry Design. Carol loves producing large scale designs and is privileged to be one the Exeter Cathedral Flower Arrangers – what an amazing building this is to be working in with. When not working on all things flowers related, Carol is happy spending time with her family and young grandsons, enjoying time with her NAFAS friends who always find something interesting to do or just relaxing by walking the North Devon beaches – she can often be found on Instow beach either chasing after one of her young grandsons or her son’s dog, Bramble.
Gill Casey - Secretary
Gill is a member of Launceston Floral Art Group and has been a member of NAFAS since about 1985, which she joined in Hong Kong. She is past Club chairman of Hong Kong and Launceston, past Area Chairman, past Area President, past JDS&E Chairman, present JDS&E secretary, past Newsletter editor, past Area Media Officer and past National Media Officer.
Judith Woollven – Minutes Secretary and Vice President
Little did I think after doing a night school course in the seventies that it would lead to four spells on the Executive Committee.
I was persuaded to join Exeter Flower Club committee, later becoming Chairman, when Exeter Flower Club closed I joined Topsham Flower Club joining the committee as Programme Secretary and then Chairperson.
I have recently finished a spell on Executive again and now Minutes Secretary ship awaits. I will be retiring in 3 years time you will be pleased to know.
I have made a terrific number of flowery friends not only from our Area but nationwide. So the answer is get involved you never know where this might lead and the enjoyment and fulfilment you can get from your Flower Arranging so called hobby.
Sheila Hadlow-Mount - Treasurer
Having joined our Penrice Flower Club in 1984, holding positions within our club, Programme Secretary, Flower Arranger Officer, Area Representative and Chairman. Then for Creative Leisure Group being Treasurer, Vice Chairman/Chairman/President, then at Area Level being on the Executive Committee being Vice Chairman and Chairman in 2008 - 2010. Becoming 2nd Vice Chairman at National Level in 2011/2013, 2013/2015 Vice Chairman and becoming National Chairman/CEO in 2015/2017. Retiring October 2017.
In October 2018 becoming Area Treasurer with a three year position until November 2021. Belonging to NAFAS has enabled me to arrange posies for Royalty/Arrange at Westminster Abbey, plus many more opportunities too many to mention but most enjoyable, flowers, fun and friendship, you cannot put a price on that.
Carol Maden - Assistant Treasurer
My initial interest in flowers started with gardening – I have a third of an acre that requires quite a lot of work. This interest was then followed by a course at Bicton College in Flower arranging and Floral Art. I have been a member of a flower club for many years and initially this was with Crediton Flower Club followed by my current membership of Topsham Flower Club. Here I have held the roles of Programme Secretary, assistant treasurer and am now Membership Secretary.
I have been involved with two Area Shows – the first at Haldon Racecourse and the second at Tiverton. I have had entries at the Devon County Show and continue to enjoy all aspects of floral art. I have been on the committee for the residential course previously held at Brunel Manor and continue now as Chair of the committee organising the next course for 2022.
I look forward to learning more about the work of Devon & Cornwall’s Area of NAFAS and to being on the Executive Committee.
Jenny Dellow - Publications Officer
My love of flowers started when I was very young all I wanted to do when I grew up was to work in a flower shop. That ambition was fulfilled when after I left school I went to the Constance Spry Flower School in London and after passing out with their diploma worked in the City of London’s leading florist for four years before moving to Devon. The rest of my working life was spent at a local garden centre working first as their florist and then diversifying into the growing and looking after the plants. I joined my local flower club and continued with my love of flowers and arranging them. Over the years I held all the positions on the committee including Chairman several times, I also became involved with the Area and besides being Area Treasurer was Flower Arranger Officer for 16 years. When I retired from work I became an Area demonstrator and enjoyed travelling the two counties meeting and making friends with like minded people. As I have now retired from demonstrating I have a little more time to enjoy my other hobby my garden and continue my love of flowers.
Kathy Iles - Data Protection Officer
I am a “late arrival” to flowers. After an extremely hectic career, retirement has been my first opportunity to immerse myself into this wonderful hobby. It’s never too late!
I am Chairman of Newton Abbot Flower Club and have been for 8 years this time (having held the position before), as well as a member of Links Contemporary Design Club. I have been a member of NAFAS for 35 years, first in Surrey, and now in Devon. I have exhibited at the Area and County Show with some success. My other interests are gardening and crafting.
I am delighted to have been elected to serve on the executive committee once again.
I am a member of Launceston floral art group.have bee chairman three times.programme secretary 17yrs to date.
A member of the residential course committee many times
A member of the creative leisure group committee
A doer rather than a speaker.l love to be lnvolved
I look forward to working on the executive committee and all the area officers.
Louise Colmar - Website Officer
A Christmas gift, a book called the Cutting Garden was the spark of interest to learn how to arrange flowers. I have belonged to Kenwyn Valley Flower and Garden Club for several years now. I love the beauty and joy flowers brings to our lives.
I also love knitting and sewing (flowers usually feature there as well). Pottering in the garden and then some time knitting or sewing equals a perfect day!