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Trustees, Officers and Postholders




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.



Helen Curtis
Hon. Secretary

Helen is a relatively new member to the Society, joining in 2017. She is a committee member of Western Counties Group. She is part of the national steering group that ensures a Society presence  at the Malvern Spring Show. She is also a member of the Pulmonaria Group.




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

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 bramblegarden.com

Peter Howard
Peter is Treasurer and Committee member of Cornwall HPS and joint owner at Hidden Valley Gardens in Cornwall (www.hiddenvalleygardens.co.uk), 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).

Tricia Newton
Tricia is the Chairman of the Hardy Geranium Group and is a member of Hampshire and Dorset Groups. She is also a member of several HPS special interest groups, to help her grow her knowledge of some of her favourite plants and considers visiting gardens as an essential part of life.

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


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

Sally Adams
Sally joined the Hardy Plant Society in the autumn of 2001, but only as a national member at first. She eventually joined the Essex group and was quickly co-opted onto the committee as Group Secretary. About the same time she also took on the job of Database Administrator for the Conservation Scheme. She worked with various co-ordinators on the scheme for several years, but by 2013 she needed to step down. Now retired, she continues to be the Essex Group Secretary, and divides her time between her small back garden and her allotment, which is where all those spare seedlings end up. 

Lynne Hackett
Lynne is a member of the West Yorkshire Group and erstwhile editor of the HPS Newsletter

Post Holders

 Keith Scott
Groups Coordinator

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.


Jan Vaughan
Conservation Scheme Coordinator

Jan 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. She is the current coordinator for the Conservation Scheme and a former National chairman of the HPS.



Jan Craig
Publications Coordinator


Colin Doughty

Colin has looked after the Worcestershire Group website since 2007. He took on technical management of the national website in September 2015 to help with the design and ongoing development of the current site .


John Dyson
Website Content Coordinator

John has been HPS Website Content Coordinator since 2009.


Brian Hackett
Dropbox Manager

Brian 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.


Mick Dunstan
Newsletter Editor

Mick has been chairman of the Worcestershire group for the last three years and was speaker secretary there for three years before that. He stood aside at their AGM in March.  He has been a member of HPS for about nine years and was journalist for all his working life before retirement 13 years ago.


Matthias Dejaegher
Photo Librarian


Marion Jay

Marion lives on Exmoor, where she is developing a new garden and renovating the house.  She edits the HPS Somerset Group Newsletter.  She worked as a professional gardener before becoming a qualified garden designer.  Her favourite activity in the garden is propagating and growing on new plants.


Sharin Ingleby
Facebook Manager
Sharin 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.

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.


Souren Ala
Journal Editor

Since 2001 Souren has been involved more or less full-time in gardening and garden making.
He was taught to respect all plants for the role which each plays in nature, but he is mainly a fan of herbaceous perennials. He succeeds Pam Ratcliffe as editor of the HPS Journal.

Anna Peacock
Kenneth Black Bursary Fund Co-ordinator
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. 
Anna is also currently a trustee (see above)

Emma Reece
Horticultural Advisory Service


Diane Puncheon
Seed Distribution Manager

Diane joined the Lincolnshire Group of the Hardy Plant Society in 2014 and became Group Secretary and Programme Secretary. Despite only having superficial knowledge of plants she learnt a great deal from other members who inspired her and led to increased confidence. Diane is currently also a trustee (see above).


Marketing and Publicity Officer


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