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HPS ANNUAL LECTURE DAY AND AGM, Saturday 30th March, details on our Events page

Trustees, Officers and Postholders


Jan Vaughan

Jan is the Chairman and took up the role in 2018. She lives in Malvern, and is a member and former chairman of HPS Worcestershire Group. She is also a member of several HPS special interest groups and the current coordinator for the Conservation Scheme.


Linda Crowther

Vice-Chairman. Linda is the current Chairman of the Essex Group and is determined to encourage Group members to be adventurous in their love of gardening and to attend events organised by other HPS Groups. She has a background in education and for several years was Head of the Floristry Department at Harlow College.


Stuart Senior

Stuart Senior has been our Honorary Treasurer since 2016. He is a member of the Somerset Group for whom he also acts as Treasurer. His horticultural interests are at the woody end of the hardy plant spectrum and he is assembling a modest collection of ornamental and edible trees in Somerset. He is also a trustee, and Treasurer, of the Somerset Gardens Trust.



Judi Deakin

Hon Secretary. Judi has had a career in social work and recognises the therapeutic value of gardening. She believes in active participation and has demonstrated this by her membership of the Ranunculaceae and Shade and Woodland Groups and by holding the position of Secretary of the Shropshire Group for the last two years.



Pamela Clark
Pamela has served as the speaker organiser of the Norfolk and Suffolk Group and was pasrt of the local team organising the Annual Lecture Day in March 2017

Helen Cleare
Helen has recently taken over as secretary for the Hampshire Group. In her long but labour intensive town garden she favours sedums, sempervivums and succulents above anything else. Helen works full time as a self employed HR Consultant.

John Dyson

John has been a member of the Hardy Plant Society and the Rutland Group for around 19 years, during which time he has served on the Group committee mainly as Webmaster, but also a period as Vice-Chairman. He has been a national HPS Post Holder as Website Content Coordinator for over 7 years. Although now retired, in his early working life in the textile industry, he qualified as a Chartered Colourist.
In addition to his interests and activities within the Hardy Plant Society he is also a life-member of the Royal Horticultural Society. Non-horticultural interests are mainly outdoors based, and include walking, cycling and photography.


Karen Gimson
Karen is a garden designer, writer and broadcaster. She has a one acre garden in Leicestershire and writes about growing her own flowers, fruit and vegetables on her blog at

Peter Howard
Peter is Treasurer and Committee member of Cornwall HPS and joint owner at Hidden Valley Gardens in Cornwall (, where he has been 'under-gardener' for 8 years. His main career included 40 years working in the public sector (local government and NHS) at various levels of management, followed by 5 years as Programme Director in the private sector working in the NHS environment. He has an MSc in Leadership and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Anna Peacock

Anna has been a member of the HPS since moving to Lincolnshire in 2000 and took on a number of responsibilities within the Lincolnshire Group, becoming Secretary in 2013. Moving house in 2010 gave her the opportunity to design a new garden from scratch and it is now open for the NGS. She is the Coordinator of the Kenneth Black Bursary Scheme


Sharin Ingleby
Sharin has been a Trustee since 2015 and manages the HPS Facebook Page. She lives in Northumberland and is an active member of the local Group, including playing a key role in the organisation of the Autumn Weekend in 2016.

Chris Price-Morris

Chris joined the Clwyd Group in 2008 and has served as Publicity Officer, Newsletter Editor and Chairman. Much of her working life has been spent in NHS Wales as a Chief Radiation Physics Technologist and she is looking forward to enjoying her retirement spending more time gardening, playing the piano and attending HPS events.

Alison Levey
Alison has been a member of the Nottingham Group since 2015. She is an amateur gardener based in Leicestershire and writes a gardening blog. When not in the garden she works full time in higher education.

Catherine Part
Catherine is membership Secretary for the Western Counties Group and is helping to grow the National HPS social media Twitter account.

Keith Scott

Keith Scott is an active and enthusiastic member of the East Yorkshire Group. He is a firm believer that HPS should be a learning society embracing and enabling the full range of Hardy Planters to develop their enthusiasms.

Ruth Plant

Ruth has been a member of the Staffordshire Group since it was formed in 1997 and she has served on the Staffordshire Group committee in a number of roles, most recently as Chairman and Treasurer. Helped by her husband she gardens half an acre in a rural setting, opening for the National Garden Scheme in May, June, and July each year.
She retired from Local Government in late 2013 and was finally able to exchange responsibility for Waste Collection, Car Parks, & Public Space CCTV for pursuing her passion for Dierama, Meconopsis, horticulture and the Society.

Post Holders

Lois and Keith Scott
Groups Coordinators


Lois joined the East Yorkshire Group in 2007, in 2008 she became Newsletter editor and in 2009 was elected Secretary of the Group – a role she continues with to date. In 2017 she relinquished the Newsletter role and became Speaker Organizer. She has been a regular attendee at Group Secretaries meetings since 2009.




Keith Scott is an active and enthusiastic member of the East Yorkshire Group. He is a firm believer that HPS should be a learning society embracing and enabling the full range of Hardy Planters to develop their enthusiasms. Keith is coming to end of his term as a trustee having been elected in 2015.


Publications Coordinator


Colin Doughty

Colin has looked after the Worcestershire Group website since 2007. He took on the national website in September 2015 to help out until substantial progress could be made in redesigning and redeveloping it.


Brian Hackett
Image Librarian

Brian has been Photo Librarian since 2014. He lives in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire, where he gardens on a north-facing, shady, steeply-sloping site, which the Society is teaching him to regard as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.


Lynne Hackett
Newsletter Editor

Lynne has been Newsletter Editor since 2015. She lives in Denby Dale and is interested in colour and form in the garden (and occasionally drinking wine in it).


Jennifer Harmer

Jennifer Harmer is the Society's Historian and co-author of the HPS booklet on Phlox. She is a member of the Hampshire Group, as well as a number of special interest groups and regularly gives talks on a wide range of topics.


Marion Jay

Marion has recently moved to Exmoor, where she is busy creating a new garden. She is an Assistant County Organiser for the NGS, and Editor of the HPS Somerset Group Newsletter. As an inveterate propagator of plants, she is at her happiest taking cuttings, potting up seedlings and nurturing new shoots.

She is also getting to grips with digital photography, rekindling an interest which originated at art college many years ago. She enjoys creating linocut relief prints, mainly for Christmas cards, and is a bit of a cryptic crossword fiend, too.


Sue Lander
Lead Shows and Events Co-ordinator

Sue Lander is a member of the Essex Group as well as being Ranunculaceae Chairman and organiser of events for the Shady and Woodland Group. She was Plant Heritage (Essex Group) Chairman, Collections co-ordinator and Events organiser for a number of years and has a horticultural background that includes working for an independent specialist nursery and a large garden chain.


Julie Harvey
Shows and Events Co-ordinator

Julie is a member of the Southern Counties Group. She gardens on chalk so is always interested in plants for dry shade, as well as garden design ideas. She also loves flower arranging. Although a novice gardener and relatively new to the HPS she has experience in organising events and AGMs. She has also been involved in bringing a show garden to RHS Chelsea so has seen what goes on behind the scenes.


Pam Ratcliffe
Journal Editor

Pam Ratcliffe has been editor of The Hardy Plant journal since 2004. A member of the North East Group, she lives a few miles from the Scottish border, where she is making a new garden with plants that will, it is hoped, withstand the wind. Previously she was a senior manager, teacher, trainer, and inspector.


Emma Reece
Horticultural Advisory Service


Anastasia Reynolds
Marketing and Publicity Officer

Ana is an amateur gardener developing a large garden in Northamptonshire. Professionally, she runs marketing at Millbrook, an automotive test services provider with sites in the UK and Northern Finland. She looks forward to making a positive contribution to promoting the Society


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