Meet the Executive Team
Vivienne Thompson - Area President
My love of flower arranging started through the membership of the YFC and I became a member of NAFAS 34 years ago, when I joined Plympton Club and then Tavistock, I now belong to both clubs.
I trained as an Area Demonstrator 14 years ago and have visited nearly every club in the Area in that time, and many, more than once, so I must have been doing something right!!
I have served as Area Chairman, on the JDS&E as National Demonstrator's Representative and now I have the honour of being Area President.
Anyone who is interested in floral art will benefit from joining a flower club, either to watch a demonstration, have expert tuition or embark on a training course to be a judge, demonstrator, speaker or teacher. You will have the opportunity to take part in competitive work at Area or National level and above all share your love of all things floral with like minded people.
Joining NAFAS is a great opportunity to have fun with flowers and make many new friends.
Pat Penno - Vice 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
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.
Ian Facey-Macleod - Assistant Treasurer
A member of Kenwyn Valley Flower and Garden Club where I am also the Treasurer. My other interests are, gardening, Reiki (Master / Teacher / Practitioner), stained glass, painting, music, walking and friendship.
I help the Treasurer at Executive and Area meetings by calculating and preparing expenses for all the representatives of the Flower Clubs in attendance.
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 joined Penrice Flower Club in 1984. I have held the position of Programme Secretary, Secretary, Vice Chairman and Chairman. At this present time, I remain an active member of the committee of our flower club and also secretary for the Brunel Team.
My flower club remains an important part of my life as I have made many friends and enjoyed many NAFAS events.
I was a dental surgeon for 42 years and began flower arranging as a form of relaxation.
Reducing stress continued when I attended Joan Lutwyche's Ikebana classes at Ringmore for several years.
I have been a member of a flower club since 1974 and was so looking forward to becoming the Area Chairman in 2012. Unfortunately due to ill health I was not able to take up the role of Area Chairman.
My passion now is playing Bridge but I also continue my interest in Area business.
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!