Judie Hodsdon – Honorary Chairman
Judie has been a Cheltenham resident since the early 1970s, moving to Pittville in 2001. She retired in 2009 from a senior position in GCHQ. She is a trustee of the Cheltenham Trust which runs Cheltenham’s leisure and cultural facilities.
Fiona Clarke – Honorary Secretary
Fiona has been Secretary of FOP since May 2009. She moved to Cheltenham in April 2006 from Manchester, where she worked for eleven years in the British Council’s HQ. Prior to that she worked in the London HQ and overseas as an education and information specialist and senior manager for many years.
Paul Benfield – Honorary Treasurer
Having moved to Cheltenham in 2001 to work in the public sector as an auditor, Paul moved to Pittville in 2007 and has spent 10 years enjoying the park with his dog, and being close to town and the Cotswolds. Having changed roles to accountancy in 2014, he continues to work in local government.
Gloria Jones – Membership Secretary
Gloria was born in Cheltenham. She left at the age of twelve and lived in a number of locations both in England and abroad. Her working life has been varied. Jobs have included senior positions in the hotel industry, studio manager for a broadcasting organisation, the administrator of a large Sixth Form Centre and also, for fourteen years prior to retirement, an enjoyable period working for University College London as a centre administrator.
Chris Archibald – Green Spaces Volunteer Coordinator
Chris is a retired chartered civil engineer who settled in Cheltenham in 2007. He has a wide experience of infrastructure design, working closely with landscape architects. He is on the committee of the Gloucester & Cheltenham City Group of the Institution of Civil Engineers. His interests are family, gardening, painting and golf.
Andy Hopkins – Newsletter Editor
Originally from Swansea, Andy spent much of his working life in Oxfordshire, working in educational publishing as an author and series editor for Penguin and Pearson. He’s also a trained architectural stonemason and carves and makes sculpture in his spare time. He says “I’m fairly new to Cheltenham and am still in the process of exploring its charms.”
Philippa lived in Pittville as a child, attending Dunalley Street Infants School and learning to ride a bike in Pittville Park. She returned to Cheltenham in 2000 and lives in a Victorian terraced house in Pittville. She pursued a career in housing management and has been a parish councillor in Kent and a parent governor at Pittville School; she now works as a humanist celebrant, and still cycles around Pittville and the surrounding countryside.
Sandy Marshall has lived in Pittville since 1981. She retired in 2012 after more than twenty years in educational publishing, initially at Stanley Thornes Publishers in Leckhampton, then in Cheltenham town centre when the company became Nelson Thornes. Pittville Park has been a valuable resource for two generations of the family.
David, now retired, worked for C&G as an underwriter. He held a number of honorary positions in Cheltenham Horticultural Society for many years and is the founder and current member of the Cheltenham in Bloom Committee. He is a judge for garden competitions and local schools nature gardens, and a member of the RHS and three specialist plant societies. His main concern is to reverse the long-term trend of reducing expenditure on parks and gardens at a time when they are getting more and more use.
Hilary moved to Pittville in 2012 from Oxford, where she worked for over 30 years at Oxfordshire County Council. She was Chair of Friends of The Wilson from 2014-18 and is a founder member of the Pittville History Works group.
Henry was born in Pittville and has lived here his whole life. He was a fireman for thirty years and also ran his own property maintenance firm; his previous voluntary activities include the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade at St Paul’s Church. He enjoys local history, walking into town through the park, and making things with his hands.