Canon David Hopgood
I was ordained a priest in June 1980. I served as a curate for two years in Aldershot. I then was appointed Bishop’s secretary and Chancellor and so moved to Portsmouth for 7 years. In 1989 I was appointed parish priest of Fareham where I served for 9 years. In 1998 I was appointed Dean of the Cathedral in Portsmouth where I served for 15 years, during these years I renovated the Cathedral and worked happily as parish priest in the City. In 2013 I was asked to come to the north of the diocese and so was happily appointed as parish priest of St Edwards in Windsor.
I enjoy reading and the theatre, but I also like something manual and physical such as gardening and going to the gym.
Secretary to Board
I am a linguist, and started my career working on technical journals for an American company as a professional translator from German and Dutch. I retrained as a language teacher, and set up my own business, offering training in European languages to local companies such as Hitachi, General Electric and Gartner Group and taught German and French at Windsor Girls’ School.
After retiring from teaching in 2009, I volunteered at Windsor Homeless Project as Project Co-ordinator, and a year later was made a paid employee, becoming Manager in 2017. This turned out to be the most enjoyable and rewarding job I have ever had, as I am passionate about empowering people to transform their lives in positive ways. When I had to retire for family reasons, I wanted to retain my involvement, and so became a trustee of WCA.
Among my other passions are spending time in the mountains, skiing, hiking and being a grandmother.
More Than a Shelter
Since 1997 I have had the best job in the world. I’ve been a Baptist minister, first in Nottingham then in Oxford. In 2017 I moved to become minister of Windsor Baptist Church – a creative, community-based church which runs a vibrant café and hosts all manner of community groups. As part of this job I became very involved with Windsor Christian Action and subsequently joined the board of trustees.
In my spare time I enjoy playing meatloaf songs VERY loudly on the piano, walking my dog and being with my children and little granddaughter.
I have lived not too far out of the area all my life, attending the Green School in Isleworth, living in Hounslow and settling in Staines. After university I first had a career as an accountant. In 2004 this changed direction to teach others accountancy. I spent many years at Brooklands College in Weybridge teaching AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians). I then moved to having a variety of positions, teaching, exam writing, exam marking and teaching online. This was closely followed by an opportunity to teach accountancy in China in 2018. This was a fabulous experience and I returned in November 2019. I am now semi-retired but continue to have a mix of positions. I have more free time these days so when I spotted the position of Treasurer I thought it would be a good experience and chance to help the local community.
I love live music and festivals (small ones). I play bass (beginner), and ukulele (barely started). For exercise I enjoy walking and swimming (nothing too strenuous!). Lastly I am a season ticket holder and avid fan of Brentford FC.
I’m a Londoner, studied French for my degree and spent a year living and working in Paris. I joined BT, and had a wonderful career there for over 20 years. I specialised in Marketing- including research, advertising, PR and events. My final role was as Marketing Director of a stand-alone international arm of the company. During my time there I enjoyed managing and developing teams and Individuals and when I left I re-trained as a Business Coach to continue doing this freelance.
I joined the Windsor Homeless Project as a volunteer in 2016 and was shocked and humbled to see how many vulnerable people there are in our community, and equally how many kind and supportive volunteers and donors were there to support them. I became a Trustee of Windsor Christian Action at the end of 2019, and I feel privileged to be involved with so many people working together to support the most vulnerable. I definitely get as much back as give. I look forward to continue to strengthen the profile of the Charity and the way we work together across the different projects and community.
For leisure I love to dance and teach Argentine Tango, paint, travel and walk in the countryside.
Having spent the last 25 years of my career working in the technology and communications sector, I have witnessed the shift from an analogue world to a digital and the impacts that this has had on society and people’s lives – it was common to send postcards from abroad only 15 years ago, but now the postcard has been replaced by the social media update or mobile phone video call (which seemed like science fiction 15 years ago).
I began working with the homeless back in 2003, volunteering for Crisis at Christmas, and have not stopped since. I became aware of the Windsor Homeless Project (and in turn the WCA) in 2012, and wanting to help out locally and all year around, I (and my husband) started volunteering as a Saturday cook. In 2017, I became a trustee of WCA, which enables me to use my business experience and apply it to something I am very passionate about – helping and supporting the homeless (and those at risk of homelessness) with the complex issues that they face and ensuring that they are treated with compassion, fairness and respect.
In my spare time, I like to travel, walk my dogs with my husband, go to the gym and socialise with
I have lived in Windsor since 1979 and have been a parishioner at St Edward’s for as long. I studied History at University before obtaining a Law degree and last year retired after 40 years practising with the same firm in the City of London. My specialism is Professional Regulation with a focus on veterinary and pharmacy regulation. Following retirement I have taken on the position of full-time consultant working in the same areas of law in a well-known public law firm also in the City.
I have a great love of Windsor and have, over the years, been extensively engaged as the Finance Chair for two local schools. It has pained me to see the rising levels of homeless and generally vulnerable people on our streets and, when I was invited to become a Trustee of WCA, I was happy to offer my services. It is my hope that, as the responsibilities of my “day job” decline, I will be able to become more hands on in serving the vulnerable in our community. I am excited by WCA’s achievements and future plans and honoured to be associated with them.
Strategy and Planning
I retired in 2016 following a career in the IT industry, latterly as CEO of a Banking & Financial Services focussed software business. Having spent the first two years of retirement “adjusting”, and travelling to Asia, South America, Africa and Europe, I began to look for a local charitable role that could be mentally stimulating, and where I could “give something back” to the community. My first real exposure to the Homeless Project was the 2019 Sleep Out, at which time I met and decided to join what I saw as a committed team delivering highly valuable support services to vulnerable people in the community.
My downtime activities start with family, house and garden, and then when time permits, I enjoy sailing (Coastal Skipper), playing tennis (Windsor Lawn Tennis), watching rugby and cricket (MCC Member), live music, theatre and socialising. I have driven an electric car for some years and am very interested in all forms of renewable energy.