Profile – Shirley Sexton (2022)

After taking voluntary redundancy from the IT industry when I was in my early 50s I wanted to do something completely different so took up flower arranging.  I started as a complete novice and over the next few years I completed all 4 levels of the NAFAS course.

I do a small amount of teaching and demonstrating at my club, but my main passion is competition work – taking a theme and coming up with a good design.  I have won awards at local, area and national levels, including golds at RHS Chelsea and Harrogate Flower Shows.  I became an area judge in 2010.

In 2007 I became BB&O Area Secretary which I did for four years.  During this time I took on more media work for the area, and then officially became BB&O Area Media Officer in 2013 when the post was created.  In this role I put my interest in good design to work in other ways. I was responsible for the complete revamp of the area website in 2016, and I continue to maintain and improve the website with one of my media team.  I did all the design work for our area magazine, Focal Points, for several years until that publication was suspended.  I am now responsible for coordinating the monthly electronic newsletters.  I design most of the fliers for area events and general publicity.

I have been involved with a number of flower festivals and am currently on the design team for ‘Deck the Halls’ Christmas Flower Festival at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel in November 2022.

Click here to email:  Shirley Sexton
Phone:   0118 941 2329
Mobile:  07766 316 966