Skip to content
Home » About Us old » Meet the committee

Meet the committee

Meet the committee

Our Chair, Stefan © Jo Robbens Photography


Chair
Stefan took over the reins as Chair in November 2022 from Founder, Julian. 

He joined QPF at the start, where he found a group of like-minded people who first and foremost wanted to improve the deteriorating state of one of Kingston’s top attractions. His vision for the promenade is far-reaching and his organisational strengths fall on fertile grounds in our group.

Stefan is also a passionate hobby gardener and was keen to pick up fork and spade for an excellent community project.

Our Treasurer, Graham


Treasurer 
Graham joined QPF at the start and has been our treasurer since 2021.

He is also extremely talented with anything DIY and has brought back to life quite a few deteriorated benches, tools and signage.

And when he’s not counting donations, applying for grants or working in the gardens during our volunteering sessions, he plays guitar in a band, volunteers for a local team reintroducing water voles to the Hogsmill and takes watercolour painting classes. 


So-Shan does our communications for us

Communications 
So-Shan has been our social media manager since 2019 and joined the committee in January 2023. She looks after our external communications and runs the content on our website too. 

So-Shan volunteers for QPF as she loves gardening and growing things, and loves storytelling, which she is able to do through her photos and posts for social media. 

And when she’s not here (and not at her full-time job in educational publishing) she’s busy bellringing for Kingston bell ringers where she also volunteers her services by doing their communications and social media too. 

Our secretary, Carita

Secretary
Carita joined QPF in January 2022, and the committee in January 2023 where she takes our minutes at meetings.

Carita is a keen gardener and a mine of great practical ideas. Her experience and resourcefulness comes to play frequently which is cherished by everyone, whether it is painting, planting bulbs, weeding or tackling the ivy on the Yew tree so that it can breathe again!

Memberships and outreach, Sarah

Memberships and outreach
Sarah has been a committee member from the beginning. She has a fine feel for everyone’s personalities and brings out the best in all of us.
She also does a super job getting external parties to support us in many practical ways and has made us lots of cheery bunting for any QPF celebrations.  

And when not on the promenade, Sarah will probably be found either rowing or skiffing on the Thames and helping at local regattas. She really loves being outdoors and ‘making a difference’ for everyone to enjoy.

Clive

Projects 
Clive joined our group in 2021 and joined the committee in January 2023. He is in charge of our special projects. Clive has been instrumental in coordinating the restoration of the Italian Garden, and will equally be doing so for any future garden or community projects.

When Clive is not down on the promenade with tools in hand, he enjoys visiting art galleries and museums, playing the piano recreationally, gardening, and still works part time as an optician.

Founder
The seed was sowed in 2018 when our Founder Julian expressed an interest in this ‘forgotten’ area of the Queen’s Promenade, opposite Ravens Ait.

He was given the go ahead by RBK to start clearing the land surrounding the old gardener’s hut. In March 2019, he formed Queen’s Promenade Friends as a community group, volunteers joined up and the project of creating The Pocket Park began. The recycling of many buried discoveries became a focus of the community project during its initial year.

Julian managed the volunteers’ ambitions which led to the restoration of the hut as well as regenerating garden areas like River View Garden and Figgy Garden. During the lockdown QPF became a safe haven for volunteers to work outdoors while still being socially distanced and the group dedicated a restored period seat to those who had been affected by Covid. 

Julian was awarded The Mayor’s Community Award in 2021. He stepped down as Chair in 2022 but still volunteers for QPF when he is not being a Grandpa, singing in a choral society or crewing for The River Thames Boat Project.

Our Founder and wife and co-founder, Julian and Jenny © Jo Robbens Photography