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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.



Hon. Secretary



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

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


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.

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. 

Colin Cutler
Colin joined the Scottish and Northern Borders Group in 1997 and served as Convenor 1999 - 2003. Since 2003 he has remained on the Committee as a co-opted member, editor, Vice Convenor, a short second term as Convenor and chair of subcommittees organising shows at Scottish venues including Gardening Scotland held at Edinburgh every year. He has an enthusiasm for horticulture, gardening and perennial plants, having gained the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture and the Practical Certificate Horticulture from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. He is an Associate of the Chartered lnsurance Institute and a Chartered Insurer.

Diane Puncheon
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. Her career was always in post 16 education, teenagers for ‘A’ level Psychology and adults in Higher Education teaching Social Policy, Sociology and Psychology to aspiring social workers and practitioners in mental health. Her dark night, bad weather hobby is sewing and she enjoys cooking.

Lorraine Shepherd
Lorraine is the Vice Chair of the Hardy Plant Society Middlesex Group where she is responsible for publicity, including the Group’s newsletter, website and Facebook Page. She recently developed a new website for HPSMG and, in April 2018, organised their hugely successful Passionate About Plants event with top TV gardeners. She is a keen gardener and enjoys trying out different things in her garden from cottage to tropical (with varying degrees of success) and is committed to developing her understanding, knowledge and use of hardy plants by visiting as many gardens as possible.

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 Craig
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.


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.


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).


Matthias Dejaegher
Photo Librarian


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.


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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