Judie Hodsdon – Honorary Chairman

Judie HodsdonJudie 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.

 Sandy Marshall – Honorary Secretary

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 her family.

Paul Benfield – Honorary Treasurer

Paul BenfieldHaving 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.

Sally Thomas – Deputy Chairman

Sally has had a home in Cheltenham for 26 years, and moved to Pittville when she retired in 2006. She spent most of her working life in Human Resources at Marks and Spencer’s Head Office in London, and then as a consultant with Deloitte and Touche. She also had a part time post for 5 years in sales support for Hamptons Estate Agency in Cheltenham.

Janina Kay – Membership Secretary

Janina has had a home in Cheltenham for eleven years, and is now a full time resident . She has managed property portfolios and run an interior design and project management company in central London. Over the last five years she has set up and operated a proactive Neighbourhood Watch Group in Clarence Square which has helped to generate a positive community spirit.

Chris Archibald – Green Space 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

Andy HopkinsOriginally 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 Howell

Philippa Howell

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.

Rob Hyatt Williams

Rob was elected as a trustee at the AGM 2019 on 24 October 2019. Details will be published in the new year.


David Richards

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.

Henry Williams

Henry WilliamsHenry 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.