Profiles of Judges, Speakers, Demonstrators and Teachers

This page is aimed mainly at Club Chairmen, Officers and Programme Secretaries as an extension to the Area Directory. Where there is no contact details shown for an individual, please refer to the Area Secretary or the Directory.

NEWUPDATED NOVEMBER 2020

Here follows a list of Speakers and Demonstrators who are willing to take bookings from Clubs remotely, using Zoom, Facebook Live or suchlike. Could Club chairman and/or Programme Secretaries please initially contact the speaker or demonstrator to talk through exactly what can be offered, which platform to be used, and so on.


NORTH EAST AREA SPEAKERS ABLE TO OFFER REMOTE (ONLINE) TALKS

PETER MATHERS
telephone 07940 517442 or 01904 763090. Further details about his talks can be found on his website here



NORTH EAST AREA DEMONSTRATORS ABLE TO OFFER ONLINE DEMONSTRATIONS

CATHERINE GLEDHILL
Contact 01484-602662. Catherine is a National demonstrator.


SUSAN ELSDON Contact 07796 618602 or suzyelizabeth@sky.com. Susan is from Chester-le-Street.


CHRISTINE HINCHCLIFFE
Contact 0113-293 3154 or christinehinchcliffe@gmail.com


JO PURDY
Contact Jo on 07773-693460 or jopurdy1963@gmail.com


ALEX GRACEY
Alex can be contacted via her website or phone 07841 954708 or 07841 954708. Alex lives in Grassington in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.


Photo awaited… Sue Hodgson sue@hollandsflowers.co.uk

VANESSA WELLOCK
Contact Vanessa on 07740 514424 or vanessa@wildflowers.co.uk


SUSAN HALL
Contact Susan on 01287-625603 or susanrichardhall@hotmail.com


SUE SPENCER
Contact Sue on 01226-351897 or suespencer45@hotmail.co.uk


NORTH EAST AREA DEMONSTRATORS

EILEEN BARRACLOUGH


LIZ BISHOP
Demonstration Titles: The Bird from Paradise, Red Hot Chilli Christmas, Love is in the Air, A Touch of Eurasian, Others on request. Elizabeth Bishop (ANCF) is a Freelance Florist and qualified NAFAS Area Demonstrator who lives in Sheffield. She is a member of Baslow Flower Circle, North Midlands Area group Future Concepts and New Dimensions Contemporary Flower Club in the North East Area. Liz is of Malaysian heritage and her vibrant personality reflects in her love of animals and flowers. She has a passion for tropical flowers and exotic plant foliage which can be seen in most of her demonstrations.


JUNE BORROWDALE
June Borrowdale is an Area Demonstrator from Carlton-in-Lindrick and is a member of Future Concepts (North Midlands) and Dinnington Floral Society (North East). She is prepared to travel any distance, even in 2014 travelling to demonstrate for the first time on the Costa Blanca and she will also take bookings at short notice. June thoroughly enjoys the opportunity, which demonstrating offers, to make new acquaintances and catch up with old friends when she visits their clubs. Each year she tries to create a new demonstration, most recently a demonstration especially designed for clubs who have a limited budget, but she is also happy to design bespoke and large scale demonstrations for special occasions. June’s demonstrations display her passion for garden plant material and colour. June is currently Chairman of the North Midlands Area and is also an Area Judge and National Teacher.
Titles include:
Bloomin’ on a Budget
Artistic Impressions
The Spirit of Sherwood
Seasonal Serendipity
Hold the Front Page!
Magic and Sparkle (Christmas)


JULIE COOK
Julie is from Scarborough and is prepared to travel throughout the Area. She has a new Demonstration for 2015 entitled ‘Colliding Colours’ and other titles available include Seaside Seasonals and Indigo and Oranges (textiles and textures). Julie has been demonstrating since 2005 as an Area Demonstrator and likes to use lots of colours and types of flower in her dems.


JAN FAULKNER
Jan is a National Teacher and an Area Demonstrator and lives in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire near Middlesbrough. In 2005 she set up her own business Flowers by Jan Faulkner and specialises in Weddings and new for 2019 Monthly workshops. Click here to access Jan’s website. Logo – Personal Floristry with passion. Jan is a long term NAFAS Member of Stokesley and District flower club, having been chairman, recycled again and is currently vice chairman. Member of New Dimensions- having been Programme secretary and chairman . Also a member of Cutting Edge and North East Area Education And Northumberland and Durham Area Education. Jan believes there’s always something new to learn and isn’t ready to retire yet.


KATHLEEN GIBSON
Kathleen is an Area Demonstrator and lives in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear. She is a member of North East, North West and Northumberland and Durham Area of NAFAS, who passed her demonstrators test in 2010. She is prepared to travel any distance and take short notice bookings. She frequently does Scottish tours and looks forward to doing a Christmas demonstration and workshop in Spain in December 2015. She enjoys both traditional and contemporary floral designs which are incorporated into her demonstrations. She’s also a member of 3 contemporary clubs – New Dimensions, Cutting Edge and Club Pheonix and also a qualified teacher and a member of Northumberland and Durham Education Association.
My titles include: Having fun with flowers, Inspirational moments, Around the world, Let’s celebrate and A China experience.


CATHERINE GLEDHILL
Catherine is a professional florist and has been associated with flowers all her life. She owned and ran The Greenhouse in Huddersfield for many years. She demonstrates nationwide and has been involved in many Area and National events. Her designs are for the present time. Her passion for her plant material and her enthusiastic approach to demonstrating is something she shares with her audience.


ALEX GRACEY
Alex’ journey since 2015, has been one of pure joy…having spent 30+ years in the public and private sectors, an opportunity presented itself, to ditch corporate world and follow a long held dream of hers to become a florist and uncap the creativity and passion for designing through the living beauty of flowers and foliage. The sheer delight of working with flowers cannot be underestimated, constantly learning and gaining inspiration from so many varying sources. Becoming an Area Demonstrator felt like a natural progression to further enhance her journey and to share her passion with others. Alex can be contacted via her website or phone 07841 954708. Alex lives in Grassington in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.


(photo awaited)
JANINE GRAY
Janine has always had a passion for nature and flower arranging since childhood in the 1970s. She has been in the industry for all of her working life, over 30 years, from student to property and shop owner. After demonstrating and running workshops alongside flower clubs, she decided (with a gentle nudge) to train to become a qualified NAFAS demonstrator in 2014. She has lived her life in and around the beautiful hills and moors of West Yorkshire, while spending a year or so in Holland and the Caribbean. These things combined with a super garden, provide the inspiration where she gleans her ideas. While demonstrating she also entertains her classes & audiences with her talent for accents and dialects, its surprising how many different ways you can say the word “Daffodil”.


SUSAN HALL
Susan is an Area Demonstrator passing her test in 2002. She lives in the Victorian seaside resort of Saltburn by the Sea, and is interested in the local history of the area, which is reflected in her demonstration, “Not just any old iron.” Her demonstrations are a mix of traditional and contemporary designs and she has a special interest using colour, especially to interpret “Natures Tapestries”. Her titles “Something New” and “Something New and Recycled” give her chance to bring along some unusual containers, which are used with different plant materials and new techniques. She also has seasonal titles to suit special occasions. Please contact her if you would like further information.


CARYS HARRISON
Carys has been an Area Demonstrator since passing her test in 2014. She is chairman of New Dimensions floral group a contemporary group meeting in York. She lives between Harrogate and York very near to the A1M and this makes it an easy journey to either Northumberland and Durham areas and North Midlands Areas as well as of course her own NE Area. She is a keen competitor and was very proud and delighted to win Best In Show at not only the Harrogate Spring Show but also the Harrogate Autumn Show. She also has an RHS Gold and Silver medal won with her friend Elaine Bedford and was in the NE Area Chelsea Team in 2012 which won a Silver Gilt medal. Her demonstrations are usually based around her travels and are under the umbrella title ‘Have Passport will Travel’. As she is still ‘researching’ for her demonstrations she is not available during Jan-March. She is also happy to do ‘requests’ and likes to incorporate different techniques and styles within her demonstrations.


CHRISTINE HINCHCLIFFE
Demonstration Titles: Colour my World, Wire Works, Branching Out, Box Clever and Out of India; bespoke titles and demonstrations can be arranged for an extra special occasion. Based in Leeds, Christine qualified as Area Demonstrators in the North Midlands Area in 2012 and as a NAFAS/ONC teacher in 2017 so is also available for workshops. She is a member of Headingley Flower Club at Bramhope, Barwick in Elmet F.C. and New Dimensions. An enthusiastic floral designer Christine offers a great variety of designs from traditional through to modern and contemporary styles. Conscious of current trends she trys to share her love of plant material, flowers and art with her enthusiasm for modern design techniques. Christine can be contacted by message on 07870528450 or on her Facebook page


SUSAN MADDOCKS


JONATHAN MOSELEY Jonathan is one of the UK’s most acclaimed and widely recognised floral designers. Based in Derbyshire he finds inspiration from nature, the beautiful countryside and his well stocked cutting garden. With over 27 years experience as a professional florist he delights in sharing his passion for creating with plant materials through his hugely popular demonstrations, workshops and flower school events. He has been a National Demonstrator for NAFAS since 1999, was the Floral Expert on BBC’s Big Allotment Challenge, has designed ten flower festival at the world-renowned Chatsworth House and presents floral events at a host of enviable locations throughout the UK. He is an ambassador for British flowers, broadcaster and writer and a consultant for the floristry industry. Jonathan is a regular feature at all the major RHS shows, and has designed stunning large scale floral installations at RHS Malvern, Chatsworth, Harlow Carr, Hampton Court, Rosemoor and Tatton. Jonathan is a founder member of the new RHS Cut Flower and Houseplant Committee, is the immediate Past President of the North of England Horticultural Society and is a member of the BFA, IOPF and the Garden Media Guild. You can contact him on 07542 584529 or email jonathansflowertalk@gmail.com. Follow Jonathan’s world of flowers via his website or via Twitter, Instagram jonathanmoseley or Facebook


RACHEL POOLE
Rachel is a member of both the North East and North Midlands Areas of NAFAS, is a qualified Area Demonstrators and a professional qualified (B.Ed Hons) lecturer/teacher. Her passion is willow and she teaches workshops all around the country for a variety of organisations incorporating willow with both traditional and contemporary styles of floral design. She works for/with some of the countries most respected floral design teachers/demonstrators and teaches for England’s leading willow growers. Her work is predominantly large scale and inspired by organic natural forms. She specialises in tailored workshops for individual clubs which are fun, stimulating and which inspire creativity in those she works with. Her demonstrations again show her ‘obsession’ with willow, and are themed to suit seasonal variations-where possible she uses traditional English flowers and foliage locally sourced. Her work has been published in The Flower Arranger and other books/magazines. Rachel’s website and contact details can be found here.


JO PURDY
Jo had been a florist for the past 15 years and a member of Scarborough Flower Club for 8 years where she is a committee member. Jo lives and runs her business from a studio in the beautiful North Yorkshire Village of Wykeham and takes much of her design influences from this rural location. One of her titles A walk in the woods tell tales of the surrounding area and uses gathered and found items from the local forest. Jo runs workshops in her local area and is passionate about teaching and demonstrating and also runs her busy floral design business with the help of a trusty team of florists. They all run Open House Weekends at the cottage offering afternoon tea, vintage sales, private floral design workshops and demonstrations…..another demonstration title…..Never a dull moment makes reference to this busy little corner of North Yorkshire and is a fun look at the life of a country florist. Contact Jo on 07773-693460 or jopurdy1963@gmail.com


LUCY RICHARDSON
Lucy qualified as an Area Demonstrator in 2014 and then passed her National Demonstrators test in 2018. Based in Lower Swaledale on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. She has been an NDSF qualified florist and teacher for over 30 years and is really enjoying the move into demonstrating and teaching floral art which is much more creative; with her own business evolving into more artisan style floristry. Her demonstrations often feature handmade structures and forms based on her titles using an array of interesting materials from driftwood to wire. She loves to source seasonal flowers and foliage and has a love of texture and colour. She designed the Art Nouveau exhibit for the area at the Harrogate Flower Show in 2018 where they were awarded a Gold. She is very flexible and is happy to adapt to clubs’ requests, undertake a tour and can cover all parts of the UK. Please contact for details and titles thetravellingflorist@gmail.com or 07958 957285, photos of work are posted on Facebook and Instagram “lucytravellingflorist”


SUE SPENCER
2020 will be Sue’s last year Demonstrating. She has really enjoyed meeting you all through demonstrating, and thanks clubs for inviting her. Keep enjoying your flowers and Sue looks forward to seeing you at Area and National events.


JUDY WATKER
Judy lives in Bramhope, north-west Leeds and to indulge her passion for flowers is happy to travel anywhere – have scissors will travel! Over the past couple of years she has greatly enjoyed demonstrating to Flower Clubs on the Costa Blanca, Dublin and the Isle of Man. She is a member of both the North East (New Dimensions) and North West (Pendle) Areas of NAFAS and is very keen to keep up to date with trends, techniques and styles, taking every possible opportunity to attend workshops, demonstrations and courses. In addition to demonstrating, Judy offers evening classes in Floral Art at The Grammar School at Leeds. Judy can be contacted on 0113-261 2379 or 07538 132053 or via her Facebook page here


VANESSA WELLOCK
Vanessa is from Ilkley and is usually able to demonstrate at short notice and is prepared to travel any distance, but is unable to take bookings during school holidays. Her website and contact details can be found here.


CAROLE WICKHAM
Carole is a qualified, award winning studio based florist from Barnsley, South Yorkshire. She is the Director and owner of Wickham & Taylor Ltd, Bespoke Floral Design and is a member of Worsbrough and District Flower Club. Carole qualified as an Area Demonstrator in October 2019 and is really looking forward to demonstrating and making new acquaintances. She is willing to travel any distance and will also take bookings at short notice. Carole has a passion for flowers and history and is easily recognisable by her vintage attire. Hence the title of her demonstration “Through the Years” which includes a variety of arrangements to match seasons and eras. Carole can be contacted on: t: 01226 381589; m: 07814 627745; e: carole@wickhamandtaylor.co.uk or via her website


NORTH EAST AREA JUDGES

EILEEN BARRACLOUGH


JUNE BORROWDALE
June Borrowdale is an Area Judge from Carlton-in-Lindrick near Worksop. June is happy to take bookings at short notice and is prepared to travel any distance. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for competitive work and also tutors a popular workshop for flower clubs entitled “What the Judge Looks For”. June firmly believes it is vital for judges to keep up to date with new trends and ensures she regularly attends Refresher Days for Judges. June served as Area Judges’ Representative for the North East Area for three years and is currently Chairman of the North Midlands Area. She is also an Area Demonstrator and National Teacher.


SHEILA DRYBROUGH
Sheila qualified as an Area Judge in September 2017 and attended the March 2019 Judges’ Refresher Day. Her interest in flowers began as an infant; her father had four allotments and she enjoyed spending time there helping him and tending her own section. She also has fond memories of attending flower shows with her family in Huddersfield. Sheila is an active member of the Huddersfield Flower Club committee, and is currently the President. She is also a member of Spen Valley Flower Club. Sheila has a passion for flowers and has enjoyed learning new techniques which she has applied both in competitions and during workshops, which she has run with the flower club. She is very approachable and happy to share her knowledge with others to encourage them to experiment in their own flower craft.
She enhanced her knowledge further while studying for her judging qualification, and would welcome the opportunity to apply this in practice. Sheila can be contacted on 07443629269 or be email sheiladrybrough@hotmail.co.uk


JOHN HAWKRIDGE
Congratulation cards are still falling through the letter box. after John has just been successful in passing his Area Judge’s finals in September 2017. (Thanks to everyone for the amazing 18 month journey!) Following a life in graphic design and printing, John changed course and opened “Leaves and Linens” in Ilkley, an iconic flower, interiors and gardenalia emporium. After being the first male in the UK to pass the City and Guilds Contemporary Floral Design course with the wonderful Craig Bullock and Carol Firmstone back in 2004, flowers have been his passion, gaining Best in Show at Harrogate and enjoying many other exhibits in both traditional and contemporary work, whilst at the same time, building up his floral design business with a prestigious marquee company, travelling the country to achieve “high end” weddings, parties and corporate events. John and his partner, Barry, have now been opening their well-loved garden at Cobble Cottager at Whixley, near Knaresborough, for 26 years in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. Able to travel any distance for any show or Flower Club, John is now ready for his new challenge as an Area judge. Contact him on 01423 331419 or email him on: john_barry44@outlook.com Look forward to hearing from you soon! John attended the March 2019 Judges’ Refresher Day.


JANET HAYTON
Janet qualified as an Area Judge in 1986 and still thoroughly enjoys judging, particularly at Club Practice Meetings when there is the opportunity to give help and encouragement to prospective competitors. In November 2019 Janet took over as Judges’ Representative for the North East Area and is looking forward to her time in office. She attended the last Area Refresher Day in January 2019 and feels that it is very important to keep up to date with current trends. Janet lives in York and is happy to travel any distance and to take bookings at short notice.


JOYCE HEARNSHAW
Joyce qualified as an Area Judge in September 2017. Her interest in flowers began when she was made flower monitor at junior school at the age of ten. She is an active member of Huddersfield Flower club’s committee, having held the role of show secretary for a number of years, and she is currently Chairman. Joyce is a great believer in gaining and sharing knowledge with others and she actively encourages and motivates members to experience the fun and rewards of competitive work. She is happy to give advice on all aspects of staging a show. Joyce can be contacted on 07952 315228 or email joyce.hearnshaw@virginmedia.com. Joyce attended the March 2019 Judges’ Refresher Day.


PAM KITCHEN
North East Area of NAFAS – Area Judge – qualified January 2010. Attended Refresher Days: 2012, 2014 and March 2019. Based north of Leeds – prepared to travel anywhere within the NE Area


JOAN McBURNEY
Joan qualified as an Area Judge in September 2017 and attended the refresher days on 28 October 2017 and 16 March 2019.
She lives North East of York. She is happy to take bookings at short notice but is not available during the Great Yorkshire Show week. She loves to compete at the Harrogate Flower Shows and at local agricultural shows and is keen to encourage others to enter these shows. As a competitor, Joan appreciates the amount of effort that goes into creating a show exhibit. Club practice competitions give an excellent opportunity for members to gain confidence and `practice’ with informal feedback and help from the judge before tackling an open show. Joan is happy to give advice on exhibiting, show planning and schedule writing, and can be contacted on 01347 878544 or email joan.mcburney@btinternet.com Joan is the North East Area Deputy Judges’ Representative.


DAWN MEAKIN
Receiving the ‘Best in Show’ title, three times consecutively, gave Dawn the great thirst for her judging knowledge. Dawn has been judging flower shows, locally now for many years and more recently has qualified as a NAFAS Area Judge. Regular attendance at Judges’ refresher days are very important to Dawn, so she can keep up to date by adding to her skill set any changes, trends and informative techniques. Dawn has had a few roles within her flower club Pennine Borders, where she delivers many workshops a year, sharing her knowledge. The role of webmaster, role of chair and now has the role of President are other positions Dawn has fulfilled within her club. Judging and teaching runs side by side for Dawn and she is very keen to share her knowledge whether it be judging flower shows, other competition work on club practice nights, giving schedule advice, setting imposed classes, or just giving thoughts and inspiration for competitive titles. Dawn is available at short notice and is willing to travel. Contact: 01484 304641 dawnsfloralheart@btinternet.com



SHEILA RODGERS
Sheila has been a judge since 1987 and became a National Judge in 1992. She is a qualified Judges’ Instructor, Adjudicator and Assessor, and has had the honour of judging abroad several times and also competing with success at World Shows in South Africa and Dublin. During her time as Chairman of the National Judges Committee, it was her duty to arrange events and training for National Judges.



JAN TRAVIS
Jan has been a NAFAS Area Judge since 1997, has been the Judges Representative for 4 years and has been a member of the National Show Committee for 4 years as Staging officer. She enjoys competing and encouraging other arrangers to compete. She really enjoys judging at club practice nights, as it is an opportunity to explain the reasoning behind the decisions and encourage members to take part, and at Shows she tries if possible to meet the competitors. Jan attended the March 2019 Judges’ Refresher Day.



NORTH EAST AREA SPEAKERS

PAT HUTCHINSON
For a number of years Pat has been presenting talks to Clubs and Societies using an antique slide projector. Now, thanks to Tony Cleaver’s patient instruction, she has progressed to PowerPoint presentations and in 2015 passed the Area Speakers’ Test. Pat would be delighted to give her talks to Flower Clubs in the Area and currently has the following illustrated presentations available, with others in the pipeline!
‘Opening Your Garden for Charity’ – a brief overview of The National Gardens Scheme and its purpose, illustrated with images of NGS gardens in Yorkshire, including her own garden at Yorke House in Nidderdale.
‘The Flower Arranger’s Garden’ – a review of the many wonderful plants to grow in your garden to provide materials for flower arranging throughout the year.
‘In Search of the World’s Largest Flower’ – a presentation illustrated with superb images of Pat’s adventurous explorations in the rainforests of Borneo searching for tropical flora and fauna.


PETER MATHERS
Peter qualified as an Area Speaker in May 2015 and his titles include ‘Municipal Marvels’, (the history and development of the public park), “In (and Around) Dublin’s Fair City”, a tour of gardens visited on the same overseas trip as a visit to WAFA Ireland in 2014, “Paradise Revisited” (a brief and highly selective trip around palaces and gardens with Royal connections in Europe), “London Squares and Gardens” visiting squares and gardens in London, both private and public, and “Poetry, Prose and Peonies”, a ramble around gardens all connected with authors. All these talks are based on PowerPoint presentations. Peter is based in York and can be contacted on 01904 763090. Further details about his talks can be found on his website here



NORTH EAST AREA TEACHERS

JUNE BORROWDALE
June Borrowdale is a Cert. Ed. Teacher on the NAFAS National List. She has recently completed a term of four years as a member of the National Education Committee, three years of which were spent as Editor of Insight, the NAFAS Educational Journal, with three issues being published each year. June taught floral art up to Diploma level and also floristry at North Nottinghamshire College and Doncaster College for many years until leaving to become an independent tutor, demonstrator and judge. June is from Carlton-in-Lindrick near Worksop and enjoys travelling any distance to tutor workshops and day schools for flower clubs. She offers several topics for workshops, but prefers to create bespoke sessions for individual clubs. She is a firm believer in “fun with flowers” and her workshops are informative but relaxed and encouraging. June is a member of the North Midlands Teachers’ Association and is currently Chairman of the North Midlands Area.


JAN FAULKNER
Jan is a National Teacher and an Area Demonstrator and lives in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire near Middlesbrough. She teaches weekly Community Learning classes. Has taught adults for over 20 years. In 2005 she set up her own business Flowers by Jan Faulkner and specialises in Weddings and new for 2019 Monthly workshops. Click here to access Jan’s website. Logo – Personal Floristry with passion. Jan is a long term NAFAS Member of Stokesley and District flower club, having been chairman, recycled again and is currently vice chairman. Member of New Dimensions- having been Programme secretary and chairman . Also a member of Cutting Edge and North East Area Education And Northumberland and Durham Area Education. Jan believes there’s always something new to learn and isn’t ready to retire yet.


SUSAN HALL
Susan is an Area Teacher with qualifications in City and Guilds 7307 and 7900 parts 1 and 2. This was followed with a qualification in teaching. She has a passion for teaching people to create different designs, by introducing new ideas for them to explore and inspiring their creativity. Susan teaches traditional and contemporary flower arranging and is happy to plan workshops to suit the requirements of all flower clubs..


CHRISTINE HINCHCLIFFE
Based in Leeds, Christine qualified as a NAFAS/ONC teacher in 2017 so is available for workshops. She is a member of Headingley Flower Club at Bramhope, Barwick in Elmet F.C. and New Dimensions. An enthusiastic floral designer Christine offers a great variety of designs from traditional through to modern and contemporary styles. Conscious of current trends she trys to share her love of plant material, flowers and art with her enthusiasm for modern design techniques. Christine can be contacted by message on 07870528450 or on her Facebook page


CAROLE JARVIS Cert Ed
Carole has been teaching flower arranging for the past 20 years, at both Huddersfield College and Dewsbury College. She started teaching non-vocational courses, then was asked to teach City and Guilds level 1 and 2, which she was very happy to do. When NAFAS introduced their Diploma course, she approached Dewsbury and asked if they were interested in running the course, to which they agreed. She also taught the Contemporary Floral Design (City and Guilds) course at Dewsbury. Carole now teaches in her home the NAFAS Diploma Course level 1,2 and 3.


PAM KITCHEN
On the North East Area List of Teachers. Available to travel within the NE Area for evening or day workshops. Based just north of Leeds. Subjects: Contemporary Designs


DAWN MEAKIN
After receiving her NAFAS Diploma in 2011, and graduating with the Certificate in Education at Huddersfield University, Dawn became a NAFAS Area Teacher and Independent Floral Art Tutor. Dawn thoroughly enjoys travelling to flower clubs anywhere in the North East Area, even at short notice, to share her knowledge, to deliver workshops in an informative, but very friendly way to suit all levels and abilities. Many titles are available please contact her for a more tailored title for your club or event. Attendance at teachers refresher and education days are very important to Dawn to keep up to date with all the latest trends and techniques, along with lots of home independent study and experimentation. Contact: Dawn 01484 304641, dawnsfloralheart@btinternet.com
Dawn also teaches the NAFAS Diploma course levels 1, 2, & 3 from a purpose built studio at home, as well as through local colleges, church halls, both certificated courses as well as courses for leisure and again for all level of abilities. Within all classes wherever Dawn is, you can guarantee to learn something from a NAFAS tutor and the NAFAS judge’s eye will also, shine through.


RACHEL POOLE
Rachel is a member of both the North East and North Midlands Areas of NAFAS, is a qualified Area Demonstrators and a professional qualified (B.Ed Hons) lecturer/teacher. Her passion is willow and she teaches workshops all around the country for a variety of organisations incorporating willow with both traditional and contemporary styles of floral design. She works for/with some of the countries most respected floral design teachers/demonstrators and teaches for England’s leading willow growers. Her work is predominantly large scale and inspired by organic natural forms. She specialises in tailored workshops for individual clubs which are fun, stimulating and which inspire creativity in those she works with. Her demonstrations again show her ‘obsession’ with willow, and are themed to suit seasonal variations-where possible she uses traditional English flowers and foliage locally sourced. Her work has been published in The Flower Arranger and other books/magazines.Rachel’s website and contact details can be found here.


LUCY RICHARDSON
Lucy is both an Area and National teacher. She has many years’ experience in teaching floristry and now enjoys teaching workshops to flower clubs and floral art groups. She specialises in techniques, forms and structures, giving step by step instructions and encouraging people to develop their own design. She has travelled all over the UK teaching at many Area events, the National Teachers Symposium and the Safas Imbizo. She believes that teaching is about learning good mechanics, a new skill and enjoying yourself without the paperwork! Please contact for details of workshops thetravellingflorist@gmail.com or call 07958 957285, photos of work are posted on Facebook and instagram “lucytravellingflorist”


SHEILA RODGERS
Sheila has also been a teacher of flower arranging since 1984 and still does workshops at her Flower Club – Pennine Borders, a club which was founded under her instigation. Judging shows and practice nights still gives Sheila great enjoyment.


JUDY WATKER
Judy is a member of the North East Education Group and currently teaches evening classes in Flower Arranging/Floral Art at The Grammar School at Leeds, having been successful in passing the NAFAS Teacher Training Course in November 2012. She is very keen to keep up to date with trends, techniques and styles and take every possible opportunity to attend workshops, demonstrations and courses. In addition, she qualified as an Area Demonstrator in September 2014, since when she has visited Flower Clubs throughout the North of England, from the Isle of Man to Scarborough! Flowers are her absolute passion! She is a member and committee member of both Ilkley and New Dimensions Flower Clubs in the North East Area and a member of Pendle in the North West Area. She lives in Bramhope, north-west Leeds and, to indulge her passion for flowers, is happy to travel anywhere! When she’s not “flowering” Judy enjoys spending time in her garden and with her young Labradors, Oscar and Barney – and, not least of all, going on holiday with her husband, Chris, who is also Judy’s “technical assistant! Judy can be contacted on 0113-261 2379 or 07538 132053 or via her Facebook page here