Meet the Trustees

Photo by Michael Butters Photography

Alan Titchmarsh MBE 


Alan Titchmarsh, who joined as a Life Member of the Trust in 2012, says “My admiration for the work of the Hampshire Gardens Trust – and of Gilly Drummond’s achievements – knows no bounds and I am honoured and delighted to take over from her as President.  Gilly has set the bar high, but I am confident that the Trust will continue to make its mark and demonstrate that the county of Hampshire is among the most blessed when it comes to the gardens it cherishes and the expertise and enthusiasm of those who do their bit as custodians of our enviable horticultural heritage.  I’ll do my best to come up to scratch!”



Jill Walmsley

Vice Chair
Jill’s main career was in advertising sales at IPC Media and the London Evening Standard.  More recently studying at Sparsholt College she completed RHS Horticulture qualifications and graduated in 2016 with a BSc Hons Garden Design.

Jill lives with her husband in Winchester and runs a gardening and planting design business with clients throughout Hampshire. She has two grown up children and a grandson already showing interest in growing things.

Michael Woodhall BEM

Michael Woodhall MEB FRICS  has lived and worked in Hampshire since 1958.   A Chartered Surveyor by profession, he practised for many years as a partner of a leading firm based in Winchester,  Romsey and Andover.  In 1993 he was elected as County Councillor for a large area of the Test Valley where he has been a resident of Houghton for over 45 years.  He became Cabinet member for Economic Development , Deputy Leader and Chairman of the Authority.  He now spends his time devoted to the running of a number of Charitable Trusts and managing his property interests.  He has a passionate interest in building conservation and protecting Hampshires magnificent coastal and countryside assets.  He was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2018 New Years’ Honours list  “for services to the community in Hampshire”.

Councillor Andrew Joy

Andrew Joy was commissioned from Sandhurst into the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) in 1965.  Flying experience at Sandhurst later led him to become an RAF pilot and he was one of the instructors who brought the RAF Chinook into service.

Qualified in aerosystems evaluation and defence procurement, he subsequently held senior sales and marketing posts with American multi-national companies dealing primarily with Defence and Government.

As Chairman of Hampshire County Council for 2012-13 he established the Making a Difference Awards Scheme which sought to recognise exceptional volunteer effort making a positive difference in the community.  He has been a Cabinet Member since 2013 initially as Executive Member for Communities and Partnerships, since expanded to include External Affairs and Brexit.  He is the Hampshire Armed Forces Champion, Chairman of the Hampshire Civilian Military Partnership Board and a Trustee of The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation.

Married to Katie, they have a son and a daughter and have lived in Alton for over 40 years.


Ted Wake

Ted is an experienced and enthusiastic gardener and has been creating a new garden over the last 15 years where he lives near Winchester.  His horticultural career has included some time at RHS Wisley, as well as working for a Landscape Designer in London, and working on the remote Seychelles’ atoll, Aldabra, studying blue green algae. He has a BSc in Horticulture/Botany/Garden Design from Wye College, University of London.  A career change in 1989 led him to the world of travel and since then he has been the Director of independent travel specialist, Kirker Holidays, creating cultural tours and tailor-made holidays for discerning travellers.

Sally Miller

Sally had a long and varied career in training and development in the UK (including as founding Director of training programmes for the Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers) and overseas on contract with DFID (Dept. for International Development) and finally as Head of Training for the Heritage Lottery Fund. In retirement Sally had time to develop her interest in garden history. She has an MA in garden history from Birkbeck College, has written two books on London parks and has had papers published in Garden History and London Gardener. For several years, before moving to Hampshire, she was a Coordinator of the Research Group of the London Parks and Gardens Trust. She is Chair of the Research Group of Hampshire Gardens Trust.

Richard Green-Wilkinson

Honorary Treasurer
Richard trained as an accountant in the City, and has been in practice for 38 years since setting up his own accountancy business.

He has been advising clients on corporate finance, personal finance, offshore and onshore personal, business and corporate tax planning and private company valuations.

Richard has been on the board of housing associations, and has been a director and trustee of a number of charitable trusts, companies and not for profit associations, including Community Action Hampshire, Young Enterprise, Harbour Trust, St George Foundation and Broadhalfpenny Down Preservation Trust.

Richard is married with three children and three grandchildren. His interests include tennis, bridge, cycling, gardening and theatre.

Jo Bolt


Jo and her family moved from Devon to Winchester in 2013.

She has worked for many charities during her career,  ranging from short one year charity appeals supporting wildlife, a Christian charity, overseas animal rescue and a local pet aid hospital appeal and longer term positions in Events and Community fundraising,  raising money for disadvantaged children, a local hospice and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity.

Jo has always had a passion for gardening and feels that combining her love of charity work and her love of green spaces is a dream come true.

She has an RHS qualification in Horticulture from Sparsholt College and a Chartered Institute of Marketing Post Graduate Diploma.


Michael Ricketts
Chairman, Conservation & Development Team

Hails from Bournemouth when the town was still in Hampshire, but now resides in Fareham.  Married to Ann and with four children and six grandchildren.  An architect and urban designer working for both the private and public sectors over the years in Bournemouth, London and Holland.  Embarked on one of the first urban design post-graduate courses in the country at Oxford Polytechnic in 1973 and then put some of it into practice with the London Borough of Lewisham for two years.  On moving back to Hampshire in 1978, worked for Fareham BC before moving to Test Valley Borough Council to manage the Design and Conservation Team.  In 2003, left local government and formed a consultancy advising private clients, fellow architects and planning consultants, as well as providing design and conservation support for many of the local planning authorities in Hampshire, including HCC, Southampton CC and also Guildford BC.

First became involved with HGT with the formation of King John’s Garden in Romsey, when working for Test Valley.  Invited to join the Trust’s Conservation and Development Team in 2003 and took over the Chair in 2018.  A member of the Fareham Society and also the Winchester Diocesan Advisory Committee as an architect advisor.  A member of the Test Valley Design Review Panel and Hon. Secretary of the Hampshire Advisory Design Review Panel.


Photo by Michael Butters Photography

Rachel Bebb

Vice Chair
Rachel Bebb trained as a garden designer and owns The Garden Gallery which exhibits contemporary sculpture and ceramics for gardens and interiors. She enjoys curating exhibitions in other venues, including ‘The Figure in the Landscape’, about the relationship between the sculptor and the landscape, and ‘Reflect’, held in Winchester Cathedral, in which seven artists from The Garden Gallery responded to the history, architecture or function of the building. In 2017 she curated ‘Inspired by the Word’, an exhibition by contemporary artists celebrating the literature of Jane Austen, Gilbert White and Edward Thomas. Venues included Winchester Cathedral, Gilbert White’s garden in Selborne and Petersfield Physic Garden. She also exhibited sculpture at The Grange Festival near Winchester.

Rachel is a trustee of the Hampshire Cultural Trust and a past chairman of the Hampshire Gardens Trust.


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George Seligman

Area of expertise: Legal

George worked for 38 years for Slaughter and May, one of the major city of London corporate law firms, retiring in late 2012. His area of expertise was financial law and particularly the restructuring of banks and other companies in financial difficulties. Since
retiring from Slaughter and May, George has continued an advisory practice. He is also active in several charities focusing on the environment, education and disabilities. He is Chair of trustees of Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust as well as a trustees and finance committee member of Countryside Learning which specialises in the education of urban children about the countryside. George lives and farms in the Test Valley in Hampshire where he lives with his wife and three dogs. He has two grown up children.

Peter Wilkinson

Peter was a school master for thirty-five years, becoming Head of Department after four years, teaching modern languages in secondary schools. He worked in both the state and the private sector, spending the last fifteen years at King Edward V1 School, Southampton. On semi-retiring, he lectured at Southampton Solent University and taught part-time at The Gregg School.

Peter also has experience in the business sector, being chairman of Purbeck Court Ltd., a property management company in Dorset.

For the last twenty-one years he has worked with a group of volunteers, established by the H.G.T, restoring the derelict Gertrude Jekyll Gardens of Townhill Park House, Southampton, where he is Treasurer.

He is Co-ordinator of the Association of Friends’ Groups, which works to help gardens in Hamshire with advice, financial aid and encouragement. The Association meets twice a year under the auspices of The Hampshire Gardens Trust.

Peter is also a professional jazz musician.