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’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.
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.
In early 2021 I decided to take semi-retirement following 30 years working in large international companies. I worked as a finance and risk management professional, mostly in corporate treasury. I currently work part time as a pension trustee, mentor and self-employed expert witness. I was keen to add some voluntary work to my activities so, having lived in Windsor for over 20 years, I am delighted to join WCA as treasurer and trustee from February 2022.
My leisure interests include running, skiing, paddle boarding and golf. I am a small shareholder in The Swan community pub in Clewer and the Windsor & Eton Brewery.
I have lived in Windsor since 2011, and love the town, its history, vibrancy, and community, it’s a great place to be and it would be easy to be complacent that life is as good and easy for all its residents, which sadly isn’t true. In 2021 I was offered the opportunity to become a Trustee of WCA with responsibility for Windsor Foodshare. It was something that appealed to me as I felt that some of my life’s past experiences could be put to good use.
As well as raising a family over the past 25 years I have been fortunate enough to have succeeded in establishing and managing a local relocation company which has ridden the waves of the many recessions and booms, survived Brexit, and covid, and is now recognized as a strong force in our marketplace. In the last few years with the employment of a new MD I am less involved in the day to day running of the business and have more time to become more involved in the local community, WCA and Windsor Foodshare.
Compassion has changed my life, and I have seen it change the lives of others, that’s why I’m here. The works of Justice and Peace have shaped my life as a Priest. In my studies to the priesthood, I have lived in different countries including Tanzania and Zambia, these were formative years as I saw the impact and devastation of poverty upon communities, families and individuals. I was ordained Priest for the Archdiocese of Cardiff in 2015. In 2011 I started training to be a counsellor, qualifying in 2014. During this time, I became a Priest in the Church in Wales, and due to my involvement in the local community I became a part of a local government response to house and welcome vulnerable Syrian families. I continue to work as a Priest and Counsellor in Windsor. My family and I moved here in August 2021 and we are enjoying settling in and making new friends and memories.
Alongside my life in Windsor, I am also a Chaplain in the Army, serving as a Padre with The London Guards. I have always ‘enjoyed’ being with people who are on the edge of life, I find their messiness and my messiness connecting well and from this relationship trust grows.
I have always enjoyed keeping fit and reading. Before children I used to go the cinema and enjoyed watching films. I’m sure I’ll have the opportunity again!!