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 works for the New Forest National Park Authority where as Executive Director he leads the Authority's planning team as well as 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.

A past chairman of the Royal Town Planning Institute (South East Region), he has previously worked for New Forest District Council and other local planning authorities in Essex and Cornwall.

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.


Zam Baring

Zam BaringZam trained as a film editor and ran an independent television production company, KEO films, for 15 years until 2012. The "River Cottage" programmes, "Going to Extremes" and "Meet the Natives" were among the series produced by the company during his tenure. He now splits his time between serving on the Board of KEO, running a family vineyard near Itchen Stoke in Hampshire and helping an affordable self-build housing community interest company in Devon. He is also an active Trustee of the Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust and Vice Chair of the Cranborne Chase AONB Partnership.

He spent the first 50 years of his life in the idyllic headwaters of the River Itchen but moved to Cranborne Chase in July 2014 where the unspoilt landscapes and far-reaching views have rather usurped his love of rural Hampshire.

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

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.

Patrick J d'A Willis

Born in Singapore 1954. educated at Radley, Cambridge University (MA Cantab)  and Cranfield School of Management (MBA), Patrick is a former investment banker and bond broker, specialising in Project Finance, Credit and Emerging Markets. He brings to CCLT experience in leisure developments and finance.He is married, with two grown up children, and  lives in Swallowcliffe, in the heart of the Cranfield Chase AONB, where he is a Parish Councillor with special responsibility for Public Rights of Way.

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