David Kay – Honorary Chairman
David is a relatively new resident of Cheltenham, having moved here in April 2023 from the Isle of Man, where he and his wife Caroline have lived for the past 28 years.
However they are no strangers to the area, having been frequent visitors over the last 12 years, so that when it came to relocating for family reasons, Cheltenham, and Pittville in particular, was the preferred option. David and Caroline are both Chartered Architects by profession and he also has had extensive experience in voluntary organisations having served as chair of a Residents Association on the IoM. He hopes this together with his professional experience and training will be of service to the Friends of Pittville moving forward.
Sacha K – Honorary Secretary
Newly resident in Cheltenham as a homeowner, Sacha is returning to this area where she spent her school years. She now works in Business Development, a job the takes her traveling all over the world. Sacha is looking forward to settling in one spot and putting down some roots. Enjoying Pittville Park with her dog, Sacha hopes to contribute positively to the area as a trustee of Friends of Pittville.
Sarah de Buriatte – Honorary Treasurer
Sarah, Chris, various grown up children and Ting the Jack Russell, moved to Pittville Lawn in 2019 from Burford and have spent a lovely couple of years using some unexpected time at home to explore Cheltenham.
Sarah comes with a background in Bookkeeping, HR and training. For the last 14 years she has looked after all aspects of accounts for a successful software development company based in Oxfordshire. At various times she has also co run a local art class, ‘silver trained’ in technology skills and assisted in various community projects, including the development of a solar farm and the expansion of a very successful beer festival. The family really enjoy living in Cheltenham and feel especially grateful to have beautiful Pittville Park on the doorstep.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John, a native of Bristol, moved to Pittville in February 2021, after living in London for many years. He is delighted to become a trustee as he loves the beauty and historic interest of the area the FoP was created to nurture. His work background has been in Marketing and Fundraising for predominantly not-for-profit organisations in the UK and abroad. He still works as a self-employed Management Consultant and Communications Skills Coach. Experience he hopes will prove valuable to FoP.
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.