Our purpose is to inspire everyone with an interest in the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to get involved in the conservation and enhancement of this special landscape.

Meet the Trustees

The Cranborne Chase Landscape Trust is a charitable organisation (Registered Charity No. 1164123) and is managed by a Board of Trustees. The Trustees undertake the work of the Trust on a voluntary basis. The current Board is made up of the following Trustees:

Steve Avery - Chairman

Steve AverySteve is a chartered town planner and over the last 30 years has held a number of senior positions with rural local authorities in Essex, Cornwall and Hampshire. Steve currently works for the New Forest National Park Authority where as Executive Director he leads the Authority's planning team and has responsibility for the Authority’s other statutory functions including conservation and enhancement of the natural environment, cultural heritage, access to the countryside and preparation of the National Park Management Plan.

Steve is a past chairman of the Royal Town Planning Institute (South East Region) and is also a trustee of Community First New Forest.

Steve lives in Ringwood and his interests include walking, sailing and camping with the family. He is one of the founder members of the Trust.


Lesley Meaker

Lesley Meaker Lesley works for ArtCare, a charitable arts-in-health project at Salisbury District Hospital, as curator and exhibition organiser for the art and historic archives collection.  Her work includes patient environment improvement projects such as dementia friendly wards, hospice and intensive care unit; education and public participation and collaboration with community groups.

For the past three years Lesley is the Creative Director of Hampshire Open Studios.  This an annual arts event has over 250 venues where the visiting public can meet artists direct in their studios and galleries. 

Lesley volunteers with Dorset Wildlife Trust and UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS) and enjoys spending free time walking and photographing the local landscape which is often the inspiration for her own artwork.

Professor Keith Wilkes

Professor Keith Wilkes Keith's career has taken him from undergraduate degree at University College, Swansea to doctoral research at University of Liverpool and then to Bournemouth University where he has worked since 1977. A number of senior management roles over the last 20 years led ultimately to Keith becoming Executive Dean, Faculty of Management and being appointed as Emeritus Professor from July 2017.

Keith is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Tourism Society. His research focused on tourism development, visitor attractions, heritage management and tourism education and he has supervised PhD students on a range of topics including nature-based tourism, visitor motivation and behaviour at garden attractions and World Heritage Sites, such as Thailand and The Jurassic Coast. Other topics include post-conflict tourism, community-based festivals, the social impacts of the 2008 UEFA Championship, urban regeneration and the 2012 Olympics and the values of UK heritage providers and consumers.

Keith has played a significant role in the development of tourism education in higher education in the UK.

Peter Jameson

Peter Jameson Peter lives in Broadstone with his wife and two teenage daughters. Peter started his working life as a carpenter and joiner before going on to study as a Building Surveyor working for a local authority within the New Forest National Park.

Peter’s association with the Cranborne Chase dates back to the mid-1990s when he developed a part time charcoal production venture, initially with one charcoal ring kiln on 30 acres of undermanaged woodland on the Hampshire/Dorset border.

Peter’s interests are buildings, particularly those of a rural vernacular, woodwork in its widest sense from cleaning thatching spars from incycle hazel to pitsawing heavy structural timbers but particularly charcoal wood heated to 550 degrees.

Peter is a member and past Chair of Hampshire Coppice Craftsmans’ Group, a board member of Dorset Coppice Group, and the Dorset local contact for the Association of Pole & Lathe tuners.

William Kenealy

William Kenealy After a 21 year career as an officer in the Navy, William performed in various roles in project management and visitor services in London, most notably at the British Museum, Buckingham Palace and the Greater London Authority, where he led the most recent restoration project for Nelson’s Column in 2005.

Now living in Dorset, he is the Chairman of the Melbury & Cann Parish Council as well as the Chairman of the Shaftesbury and Melbury & Cann Neighbourhood Plan group.

Roy Wilde CBE

After a full military career, Roy was Chief Executive of a 700 year old chartered livery company and its associated benevolent charity.  This included sponsorship of educational and vocational awards, disbursement of charitable funds and maintenance and management of a Grade 1 listed building.

A historian by earlier education, he has turned to archaeology more recently, pursuing an MSc in archaeological survey.  He participated in the Cranborne Chase AONB “Foundations of Archaeology” and Salisbury Museum’s “Finding Pitt Rivers” Projects and is currently directing a small excavation on the Grovely Ridge.  His other interests include water-colour painting and downhill skiing.  He is chairman of a museum trust in London, a member of the Prehistoric Ceramic Research Group and a life-member of the National Trust.

Jane Hall

Jane lives in Rockbourne and has done on and off for most of her life. Jane is a keen sportsman and a passionate member of the countryside.  Among other things, Jane is a farmer who strongly believes in the conservation of wildlife and of the countryside.  Jane’s farm part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. She enjoys fishing and is a member of the Wessex Chalke Stream and Rivers Trust.

Jane is also a Furniture Conservator with 30 years’ experience in Oriental Lacquer, Gilding and Painted Furniture. Working over the years on the restoration at Windsor Castle, following the fire, and many of the top London Antique Dealers. Jane has restored two listed Grade 1 Medieval Farm Buildings on her farm.
Jane is a member of ICON, Institute for Conservation, A Full Specialist Accredited Member of BAFRA and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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