Meet the MAYFACS Team

MAYFACS is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) so it has a number of trustees and one project manager. See who's who below.

Go Team

Lucy Firrell

Trustee & chair

Lucy has lived in Mayfield for over 30 years. Her children attended Mayfield Primary School and Heathfield Community College and she was a governor at both schools. She is a great supporter of the aims of MAYFACS in helping to bring together the many valuable and diverse services and activities in the village, as well as generating new ones.

Charles Marshall

Trustee & treasurer

Charles moved to Mayfield in September 1990, from which time he has been involved in a wide range of community activities and charities. He is a member of most parish church financial and investment committees, is a trustee of the Nicholson Trust and was the founder chairman of the Friends of St Dunstan’s of which he is still treasurer. He was a founder trustee in 1995 of

Mayfield Age Concern ("MAC") and participated actively in the founding of MAYFACS as its successor organisation. He is a trustee of Mayfield Tennis Club, The Wateryard Group and the Argos Hill Windmill Trust and is or has been the financial examiner of many of the voluntary organisations and charities in Mayfield over the last 20 years.

Caroline Kemp


Caroline has lived in Mayfield since 1982 and her three children went to Mayfield Primary and Uplands Community College. She has been actively involved in village life as a committee member of the Newsletter, PTAs, London House Open Door and Mayfield tennis club. She spent many years working in the Advice sector working with Citizens Advice nationally and locally managing Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells. She enthusiastically supports the aims of MAYFACS and believes that social and practical services help reduce isolation and loneliness. The intergenerational activities MAYFACS provides help break down barriers and provide good benefits to all ages.

Clare Vosloo


Clare has lived in Mayfield since she was 3 years old. After studying in London, she worked there for nearly 20 years in the Financial Services Sector. Clare returned to Mayfield in 2007 with her own family. Her son attended Preschool and Mayfield Primary School,  during that time she was Secretary on the Preschool Committee and then Governor at Mayfield  Primary School for 4 years. More recently, Clare has become involved with the Colts junior section of Mayfield Cricket Club and is secretary on the Colts Committee. She is passionate about the local community.

To contact MAYFACS about anything, click the 'contact us' link or use the contact details below.

Mary Vernon

Trustee & Secretary

Mary has lived in Mayfield for ten years and has become quite involved in local activities, which she very much enjoys. She was one of the initial group of people to establish MAYFACS. Her main hobby is gardening, growing flowers rather than veg now that the children have flown the nest, and for the last five years her garden has been open for  'The Mayfield Open Gardens' weekend in June. 

Richard Penticost


Richard was born, bred and always worked locally. He has lived in Mayfield for over 50 years and is married with one son.  A member of Mayfield U3A, his interests include bird-watching, bridge and singing.

As a trustee of Age Concern Mayfield, Richard was instrumental in getting MAYFACS started.

Freya Huxtable


Freya has lived in Mayfield since she was 5 years old. After university she spent some time in London but has returned with her own family. Her children have attended the local primary school. She has been the chair of the PTA at Mayfield for 3 years but is now concentrating on MAYFACS and supporting the community during the Coronavirus.

Ian Bruce

Shed Development Lead

Ian moved to the village with his parents in 1965. Brought up on the farm where his father George worked, Ian attended Mayfield Primary school, where his mother Iris was the lollipop lady.

He later went to Wadhurst Primary and Uplands community college, attended Mayfield Cubs, and then Scouts.

After leaving Uplands Ian qualified as a Broadcast Engineer and moved away, but despite working for high profile clients worldwide, always kept involved with village activities, and later returned to live in the village again.

He is a member, and former Director, of the Bonfire Society, a Trustee of the Memorial Hall, Chairman of a Residents Association, a member of several other village organisations, and an officer in a number of regional, national and international car clubs.

Ian is the driving force behind the “MAYFACS Shed” project, which is based on the international Men’s Shed concept, intended to help alleviate loneliness and isolation.
He has been busy preparing plans, designs, organising the implementation of the project, and is keen to see it develop with intergenerational skills transfer and integration with other village organisations.

Shirley Holland

Shirley has lived in Mayfield since 1986 and her two children went to the primary school. She worked at the preschool for a few years, was a governor of the primary school and treasurer of the PTA. She is currently the treasurer of the village horticultural society. You may also have spoken to her about the Memorial Hall as she is the booking secretary and a trustee. She is also a keen member of MayZing community choir and a handbell ringer with the handbell group in Mayfield.

Tessa Gregory


Tessa has lived in Five Ashes since 2001. Once her children started the village pre-school she became involved in the management committee, going on to be Chair. Whilst her children were at the village primary school she became chair of the ‘Friends of Five Ashes School’ (equivalent to a PTA). She became a Parent Governor for the school shortly after, followed by a Community Governor for the Aspire Federation (Five Ashes and Mayfield CE Primary Schools). Tessa relinquished her Governor role but continues to work part time as School Secretary at Five Ashes CE Primary School. She is also a trustee of the Nicholson Trust. Tessa is very enthusiastic about the potential of the MAYFACS initiative, seeing it as an opportunity to harmonise and further develop the activities within the parish of Mayfield and Five Ashes.

Helen Graves


Helen moved with her family to Mayfield in 2012. Her young children joined a local school and continue to be educated in the village and locally. Helen has been involved in various aspects of village life, from organising the biennial Mayfield Fringe Festival, to being Secretary of the Cricket Club and on the Committee of the Film Society.  She has also volunteered for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Tunbridge Wells and is currently a Trustee with Applause Rural Touring (Arts charity) and Captain of Lewes Pilot Gig (Rowing) Club. With a background in Psychology and research, Helen firmly believes in the value of community and the benefits of social integration to wellbeing for all.