Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022.  God save The King.

Welcome to Portsmouth South Conservatives.

We are Portsmouth South Conservatives

We are working for a better city

We are a group of 280 friendly local people who believe in our beautiful City.
We believe it can be improved.
We believe in opportunity for ALL
We believe in fairness
We believe in the rule of law.

We campaign for those values because we think they are a better way to run a City.

President & Vice-President

Malcolm Chewter

President

Malcolm spent the majority of his career in the voluntary sector.

For many years he has worked as a funeral celebrant and is known to many local families through this work.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Vice-President

Sir William Robert Patrick "Robin" Knox-Johnston CBE RD was the first person, in 1969 to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. Along with Sir Peter Blake, he won the second Jules Verne Trophy, for which they were also named the ISAF Yachtsman of the Year award. In 2007, at the age of 67, he set a record as the oldest yachtsman to complete a round the world solo voyage in the Velux 5 Oceans Race.

Sir Robin has organised the annual Clipper Race for many years.

Officers

Andrew Gadsden

Chairman

Andrew moved to Southsea in 2001, when he was a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy.

After leaving the Navy, he ran a local tea importing business for a number of years.

After disposing of the business in 2018, Andrew spent his time writing novels, interspersed with short periods working in Parliament and the Foreign Office.

He is now working as a Deck Officer in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, whilst continuing to write during periods of leave.

Andrew's hobbies are outdoor fitness, reading and writing.

Andy Kille

Deputy Chairman (Political)

Andy grew up in Portsmouth.

A former pupil at Portsmouth Grammar School and an alumnus of the University of Portsmouth, his first jobs were in the City including at Her Majesty's Naval Base and with the Snows Motor Group before joining the Police in 1985.

His long career as a Police Officer took him down the coast to Sussex, and then in retirement, in 2015, he moved to the peace and tranquillity of Aberdeenshire. However, there's no place like home and he and his wife Marion moved back to Southsea in the spring of 2022.

Having been politically restricted during his policing career, Aberdeenshire provided Andy with his first taste of active politics. After being persuaded to stand as a council candidate, he won a seat in the Fraserburgh and District ward, and rose to Lead the Conservative led coalition administration of Aberdeenshire Council, the local Unitary Authority.

He was the Chair of the Banff and Buchan Branch, of the Aberdeenshire Association, of the Scottish Conservative and Unionists and deputy chair of that association before returning home and joining The Portsmouth South Association.

Andy is a trustee on the board of a local charity.

Vacant

Deputy Chairman (Membership & Fundraising)

Alicia Denny

Director, Candidates Development Scheme

Experienced City Councillor Alicia Denny knows a thing or two about Portsmouth – and how to make change happen.

Alicia grew up in North End and was educated at the former Portsmouth Southern Grammar School (now Priory School) and Highbury College, where she studied journalism.

She then worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist, writing for The News among other regional titles while also helping her husband with his opticians businesses in Albert Road and Cosham.

Alicia has long been involved with Portsmouth organisations: the International Boatbuilding College in the dockyard, Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust, and Langstone Harbour Board to name a few. She helps out voluntarily at the Trussell Trust foodbank based at Kings Church, Somers Road.

She is continuing to campaign to preserve the former Record Office store in Museum Road from demolition.

Alicia is married with three children and two grandsons.

Email Alicia at [email protected]

Cheryl Jewitt

Honorary Secretary

Cheryl was born in Portsmouth, she attended the Northern Grammar School (now Mayfield School); on leaving she first worked for Lloyds Bank then Portsmouth City Council.

Cheryl has two sons and five grandchildren. When her children were old enough she returned to work becoming an energy adviser for Southern Electric but took early retirement to help care for her father.

Having been a member of Portsmouth South for a few years when Flick Drummond was selected to stand for Portsmouth South Cheryl started to become more involved this led to her being asked to become Portsmouth South’s Organising Secretary, a role she continued until the end of 2016.

She was a very active member of the team that helped Flick become the MP for Portsmouth South in 2015.

Cheryl is firmly rooted in Portsmouth as in the 19th Century a maternal ancestor, who was a serving soldier, lived in Southsea Castle with his family and a paternal ancestor served on HMS Victory. Her grandmother was an early WW1 war widow with a small child who went to work in the dockyard to help the war effort.

Cheryl enjoys being an active member of Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust.

Sonia Banks

Honorary Social Secretary

Sonia’s family moved to Old Portsmouth from Wickham in 1958 and soon after her Father was deployed to HMS St Angelo in Malta, plus family for two years. Sonia’s first job, having completed a secretarial course, was as the PA to the Surgeon Rear Admiral in charge of the RN Hospital at Bighi.

Upon her return to the UK Sonia moved to London and worked for the Board of Ryman the Stationers for many years before marrying and having a daughter.

The hospitality industry had always been of great interest to Sonia, so as a mature student she returned to College and studied hotel management for three years at what was then called Portsmouth Polytechnic. The next 20 years were taken up owning/managing Restaurants and Hotels around the country, culminating in receiving the 1995 Bedfordshire Business Personality of the Year Award sponsored by the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce for turning round the fortunes of a loss making/receivership hotel and maintaining its AA 3 Rosettes for its restaurant.

Upon retirement Sonia took on the role of running a registered charity and managing a team of 20+ Volunteers involved in visiting the terminally ill in their homes in order to give the main carer a break of 3 hours a week. The Charity's service was rewarded in 2006 with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Sonia retired to Southsea nearly 8 years ago and very quickly became involved with Portsmouth South Conservatives and particularly the excitement of Flick Drummond winning Portsmouth South in the 2015 General Election.

Her other interests include The Portsmouth Arts Society; musical theatre including opera and ballet; wine and food; and involvement with Portsmouth Cathedral.

Sonia lives in Southsea with a Boxer named Tess.

Pete Brotton

Treasurer

Paul Wright

Conservative Policy Forum Co-ordinator

Noah Carter

Diverse Communities Champion