Trustees

This is our Board of Trustees

Gail Millar is the founder and Executive Director of Befriended as well as being the Older Person’s Specialist for the Salvation Army covering London and the South East Region.  Gail was previously the pioneer of Torch Holiday & Retreat Centre where she worked as the General Manager for 20 years.  Gail is passionate about “making a difference” especially to the lives of older people.  Gail is married to Stuart and they have five children and 4 grandchildren.  Gail and Stuart attend The Point Church and live in the village of Hurstpierpoint.

Helen Watkin is the Operations Director of Befriended, working closely with Gail, the Executive Director. Before taking early retirement , Helen was a primary headteacher and then a Senior Manager for West Sussex County Council, within the Early Childhood  Service. She has been married to Jim for forty years and lives in Hassocks. As well as enjoying making a difference to lonely older people through Befriended, she spends her time walking, reading, sewing and visiting her 3 daughters , 2 sons in law and 5 grandchildren. She is a member of The Point Church, where she is currently Chair of Trustees.

Stuart Millar is married to Gail. Stuart was born in Scotland and currently works as an Application Specialist in the field of Food Science.  After working in a number of different laboratories before this, including 20 years at the University of Stirling, Stuart moved to Hurstpierpoint in 2008 when he and Gail were married.  Stuart was brought up in the Church of Scotland and spent a number of years as an Elder in his local Church just outside his home town of Dunfermline, where he was also actively involved in Cub Scouts.  When not travelling with work, Stuart enjoys music, computers, looking after his home, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Jim Watkin is a retired telecommunications manager and is married to Helen.  They have been in Sussex for 26 years and are from Liverpool originally.  They have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren.  Jim and Helen attend The Point Church, and when he’s not handling the technical stuff for Befriended, managing church projects or spending time with the family, Jim helps to restore and maintain a local windmill; enjoys reading, music and watching motor racing; and supports Liverpool FC.

Will Kemp is Minister in Charge of The Point, a local Anglican network church for Mid Sussex that meets in Burgess Hill.  Will moved to Mid Sussex with his wife Caroline and their three boys in August 2004, to ‘plant’ The Point.  Will is a member of the Burgess Hill ministers group, he leads the local New Wine leaders group and is a governor at St Lawrence C of E School in Hurstpierpoint.  Will was ordained as a Minister in the Church of England in 1999, and worked for a church in London before moving to Mid Sussex.  He is a lifelong supporter of Watford Football Club, and still plays football on a Monday night with a few other dads!

Tafrina Styles is one of the Befriender visitors. She initially trained in Hotel Catering and Institutional Management and ran her own Catering Business for several years. She then retrained as a teacher and spent 15 years teaching at a C. of E. 11-18 comprehensive school in Crawley. She took early retirement and now works at Chailey Heritage as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant. She is married to Martin and they have two daughters. Tafrina attends Sheddingdean Baptist Church in Burgess Hill and is involved in the worship group as well as being the Treasurer and a Deacon. She is part of a Ukulele Variety Act band that performs regularly to those who are elderly and/or living with dementia, the lonely, those who have mental health issues or have special needs. Tafrina and Martin dance Argentine Tango, Ballroom and Latin American and take part in medallist competitions across the South East and have competed at the Grand Finals at Blackpool for the last five years.

Lizzie Lamont moved to Hurstpierpoint from London in 2016. She works part time for Holy Trinity as their Administrator and also works with a GP practice for the homeless in Brighton, and a number of other small projects, largely supporting them with their administrative functions. Lizzie is also a Trustee of Tower Hamlets Mission in London. Prior to living in Hurst Lizzie worked with Oasis Charitable Trust and continues to sit on a number of small Oasis Community Hub boards. Aside from these things she enjoys her allotment, hospitality, being out in the countryside, and spending time with her young niece and nephew in Brighton each week.