Who we are

The Executive and Trustees

Barbara Baldwin – Chair


In my working life, I was involved in senior personnel and training management roles for major multi-national companies, specialising in employment law and industrial relations.  After retirement, I worked as an independent consultant offering support and advice to small companies in human resource matters.  I also lectured in employment law and management training matters.  I am a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

I am blessed with a wonderful family of a son and daughter and three beautiful and very energetic grandchildren.  My main voluntary work is now the development of the Mid Sussex Older People’s Council (MSOPC) but I was also involved for many years as a volunteer in youth work, which was both challenging and highly rewarding.

Of my three grandchildren, two live in Hong Kong and one in Dorset.  I try and make the effort to visit my grandchildren in Hong Kong at least once a year. I use Skype to communicate regularly and we ensure then we phone each other every weekend. This way we keep up the contact, which is so important. They visit me as often as possible and their favourite place to visit is London. They love the history, the buzz, the excitement and the general atmosphere of London

My other grandchild, who is much younger, lives in Dorset; we talk regularly on the phone and visit each other as often as possible. His favourite place is Brighton; he loves the fun, the noisiness and the fact that there is so much to do!

I think it is important that regular contact is maintained with one’s children and grandchildren.

My interests include art – painting – social and local history and travel.  I paint in both acrylics and watercolours, but I also enjoy sketching, particularly with charcoal. I find that it is completely absorbing and relaxing and helps to take away the stresses of the day.

I enjoy visiting places of interest, am a member of the National Trust and I find that this gives me the opportunity to visit lots of places at minimal cost. One of my favourite places of all is right on our doorstep, Wakehurst Place, but I also enjoy trips to Ardingly, Chartwell, Westerham, Kent and the South Downs.  On the travel front, my favourite countries to visit are France, Austria, Italy and China.

I also enjoy eating out with friends, gardening, baking, reading and visits to the theatre when I can. My favourite shows are musicals, but I do also enjoy a good drama.

Christopher Snowling – Non-Executive Trustee and Secretary


Christopher is a retired solicitor. His last legal appointment was as a President of Mental Health Review Tribunals. He was a district councillor locally from 1971 to 2015 and continues to be a member of Lindfield Parish Council.


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Val Upton – Vice Chair


My name is Valerie Upton, usually known as Val. I retired from a career in nursing 10 years ago, but at that time was asked if I would continue to work on a part-time basis as a Stroke Coordinator, having retired from the post as a senior practitioner within the Brighton & Sussex University Hospital based at the Princess Royal Hospital.  I nursed for 44 years.  While working part-time for five years I was co-opted onto Lindfield Parish Council & became a Governor at Lindfield Primary School.

At present, I am the vice-chair person of Lindfield Parish Council and I represent Lindfield Parish Council on the Mid-Sussex Older Peoples Council. I enjoy the work that is involved on serving on both councils.

I also attend our local Evangelical Church where I serve as a deacon.  As a volunteer I run a tots group and help to prepare meals for a group of senior citizens who attend for a meal and entertainment.

I also work as a volunteer at the Princess Royal Hospital.

My hobbies include walking the dog each day, swimming & caravanning.


Management Committee

Tony Reynolds


Tony was born in Sussex, educated at Lewes County Grammar School and Cambridge University, came to live in Mid-Sussex in 1961 to teach at Haywards Heath grammar school, progressed to Brighton Teacher’s Training College and then ended his career as the Head of Geography at Brighton Poly/University.

He settled in Burgess Hill, helped raise his four daughters, and now has a large extended family that includes seven great-grandchildren. He feels very lucky in that three of the daughters now live in Burgess Hill and the other in Hove.

Since retiring, Tony has taken an active interest in the NHS and the way it provides for its patients. A past Chair of the local Patient Involvement Panel, Steward of the Local Involvement Network and currently lead volunteer for Inspections in the new Healthwatch, in 2008 he founded the Central Sussex Independent Patients’ Forum, which meets regularly with local leaders of the Health Service and Social Services. Tony has received a special commendation certificate from West Sussex County Council for his work on behalf of patients. For the past year (2012/2013) he has been on a national committee advising the Government on inspecting hospitals.

He regularly updates the MSOPC Committee on the implication of all the changes going on in the NHS and represents older people on several Clinical Commissioning Committees. Tony is past Chair of the local Diabetes Support Group and is also a member of Haywards Heath Arthritis Group. He also chairs the Central Sussex Independent Patients’ Forum.

Once a keen photographer, now he has diabetic neuropathy and spinal problems so concentrates his energies in his garden and two greenhouses where he raises over 30 different varieties of tomatoes each year.

Barbara Lank


I have been with MSOPC for a number of years and lead on transport.

My working life has been spent in a variety of places but mostly south of the M4, mostly in administration, accounts and latterly in horticulture.

Because of mobility issues, I had to give up work some years ago as a horticulturist. Since then, I have developed a wide variety of interests. I serve on the Haywards Heath South East in Bloom Committee, the Dolphin Surgery Patient Participation Group, a police Neighbourhood Panel, the Bentswood Community Partnership, and a variety of panels for a housing group.  I fund raise for several groups, including our local hospital through recycling, and I also work with various people as an advocate or appropriate adult.

Since getting a computer in 2003, I have not looked back and use it most days.  I see it as having a library in my sitting room – though, yes, there are times when I shout at it!

I live on my own – I prefer it that way, as I can do exactly what I want, when I want! – but do have the company of a beautiful tabby cat called Henry

Margaret Spendiff


I worked as a Child Protection Social Worker in London and Birmingham, having gained professional qualifications in London and Oxford. When I moved to Burgess Hill, I again worked as a Child Protection Worker but also was involved  in the fostering and adoption of children.

Since retiring I have completed a BSc degree with the Open University.
As a Christian, I attend the Mid Sussex Christian Centre. From December 2013, they will be helping with the homeless project in Brighton;  I will be part of the team.

Annie G


My name is Elizabeth Greenfield, but I like to be called Annie – my second name and also my favourite aunt’s name. I was brought up in Dorking by loving parents and a large extended family, who I try to keep in touch with. I have two children who grew up in Redhill, married now but giving me five fantastic grandchildren and two great-grandsons, all the love of my life. I now live in East Grinstead, in retirement accommodation, and my best friend John keeps me busy with marvellous holidays and working in his garden, which I love. I adore reading and I belong to a book club formed by friends from Turners Hill where I used to live.

MSOPC keeps me busy, as does keeping in touch with many dear friends. I do try and go to the AgeUK in East Grinstead and talk to the members when I can. I think music is my main love, and reading – I would read the label off of a bottle of sauce if need be – and of course laughter.

David Waite

I have been married for 44 years with 2 married children aged 42 and 41, with one grandchild age 5.  I was born in Shepherds Bush, West London and was educated at the Westminster City Grammar School and the University of Reading.

I was a Chartered Surveyor by profession working in private practice In London and for Ericsson plc in Burgess Hill as Property Manager. I spent my last five working years as a property manager with Mid Sussex District Council. I retired in 2012.

My interests include Philosophy, Classical and Folk Music, History, Economics, Football, Bowls, Pilates, Table Tennis and Badminton and I am a member of the Haywards Heath University Of The Third Age and Haywards Heath Music Society.

My family has been living in Haywards Heath for the last 38 years. I  involve myself with community matters where I can, and in particular the health and welfare of retired people in my area. I have a sincere wish to help so far as I am able.

Joan Brown


I retired from a career in nursing at the end of September 2015 after 46 years. l trained in Durham in the North East and moved South in 1984 with my husband and two sons. I have two lovely grandchildren Mollie and Max and a dog called Sadie. Since retiring I have spent the last few months decorating my home, visiting and catching up with family and friends as well going for long walks with Sadie.

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2 thoughts on “Who we are

  1. Hello, Is Mr Reynolds still with you? I was a student at Haywards Heath grammar school from 1960 to 1967; I was in his Geography class. I’m just researching a bit to find out where my old classmates are, and just discovered Mr Reynolds’ details here.
    I’d be delighted to hear from him, if that’s possible.
    I’ve posted some information from 1962 on my web page here http://mr-pip.uk/haywardian/ . Perhaps you’d be kind enough to pass this on.

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