Trustees and staff
CPRE Hampshire is made up of a team of around 115 volunteers and three part-time staff. We are active across Hampshire with six voluntary district groups and a small office in Winchester.
Boyd McCleary, Acting Chair
After studying German at Queen’s University Belfast, I spent 40 years in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, serving in Germany, Korea, Turkey, Canada and the British Virgin Islands.
Since retiring, I’ve worked as a business consultant and part-time judge. I’m a governor of a school in Basingstoke, a volunteer leader for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, an adviser to the Council of the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum and a trustee of the South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership. I live in Bentworth, East Hampshire and my hobbies are tennis and walking. I’m married to Jenny, with three children and four grandchildren.
Martin Gillie, Trustee and Treasurer
I read Economics at Cambridge, after which I joined Wiggins Teape then one of the major Fine Paper manufacturers in Europe and qualified as an Accountant. I married my French wife in 1969 and we have two children.
Whilst the children were still very young, we went to Brazil for four years in 1976 where I was Finance Director. Back in the UK I was eventually appointed Finance Director of the International Merchanting Division which grew to have operations in over 20 countries.
After retiring I worked as Treasurer successively in the Oxford Research Group and then the New Economics Foundation. I have also been a trustee of Rosewood a special needs school in Southampton. We moved to Medstead in 1982. For the last few years, I have been a volunteer at the Grange Festival in Northington.
Carole Oldham, Trustee and Chair Planning and Policy Group
I live in Monkwood and love living in this beautiful and tranquil area of rural Hampshire on the edge of the South Downs National Park. My interests are varied, classic music, opera, history, theatre, walking, travel, food and wine. I also run a 2-acre garden.
For most of my career I worked for Sainsburys as a store manager and then running part of their central retail operations. Latterly I joined Wolseley where, as a Director in their Global IT Team, I was responsible for IT governance, their Programme Management Office and the delivery of a number of large international IT programmes.
Since qualifying as a Landscape Architect in 1980, I’ve spent my career working and volunteering in the environmental sector, from designing public projects in cities to private gardens in Hampshire. I’m a Commissioner on the Hampshire County Council Commission of Inquiry into Hampshire 2050.
I live with my husband, Richard near Basingstoke and enjoy countryside dog walks but also love vibrant cities, theatre, live music and visiting art galleries. Travelling is a passion too (mainly for the local cuisine and the architecture), cooking and eating with friends and family. I also enjoy painting and sculpting.
Peter Prag, Trustee and Chair North Hampshire District Group
I’ve always been closely involved in the countryside, as a land agent (now retired) covering the whole of Britain with a wide range of rural issues including farming, forestry and many aspects of rural diversification including business development and renewable energy.
The main focus of the North Hampshire District Group is monitoring planning issues within the area and fundraising for the costs that can be involved in fighting unsuitable development applications. One major concern at present is a plan to develop a ‘garden community’ at Upper Swallick comprising 2,400 new houses, whilst also responding to many smaller proposals in our area generally.
Neil Henderson, Trustee, Secretary to the Board and Governance Lead
I joined as a trustee of CPRE Hampshire in 2020 after being inspired by the ADD campaign against Eastleigh Borough Council’s proposed development of 5,500 houses almost on my doorstep. I live in a small hobby farm near Bishops Waltham with my family, Wiltshire Horn sheep, Tamworth pigs, and rescue battery hens. I have been encouraging wildlife to re-establish itself in my fields by planting trees, hedges and not actively discouraging nettles, thistles, brambles and docks from thriving.
When at work, I’m a commercial barrister with a London Chambers specialising in shipping and international trade. Aside from the contractual side, I have been increasingly engaged with the regulatory and environmental side of the shipping industry.
Liz Michel, Trustee and PR and Marketing Lead
I live in Kings Worthy near Winchester, with my two sons and husband, having moved to the area 10 years ago. One of the main reasons for choosing to settle in Hampshire was the beautiful countryside, which I enjoy exploring on days out with my family. In my spare time I am a passionate organic gardener and enjoy running and walking.
I have always had a strong interest in the natural world, completing a Geology degree and spending the early years of my career in engineering geology. Following a career change into marketing, I have spent the last 20 years working in a variety of marketing roles for well-known brands across banking, insurance, telecoms and retail sectors.
John Rosling – Trustee
I’ve lived in an ancient, and increasingly dilapidated, farmhouse in the Hampshire countryside for over 20 years, sharing it with various dogs, chickens, occasional sheep, as well as three, now teenage, children and Emma my long-suffering wife. The whole family actively enjoy the countryside on foot, bicycle and under paddle and sail. Wild swimming in the Hamble is a new lock-down activity enjoyed more by some than others.
I run a small business consultancy based in Winchester with offices also in Australia.
John Lauwerys – Trustee
Our family moved from London to Hampshire 25 years ago and what a good move it has been. We are lucky enough to have a beautiful house and garden which we have worked hard to restore. And it has room for my bees which enjoy the wonderful flowers raised by my wife Paula who is a very keen gardener.
Before retiring from full time work, I held senior managerial roles in a number of universities, latterly at the University of Southampton. For five years from 2016 I have chaired the ADD campaign which successfully resisted the building of 5,500 houses on the finest remaining countryside in the borough of Eastleigh.
Alastair Clark, Trustee and Chair North East Hampshire District Group – bio to follow
Natalie Hargreaves, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator
Growing up on the edge of the New Forest, I have a strong affinity for the natural environment, and the huge benefits it brings to our health and well-being.
Outside of work, I am a very keen gardener, and enjoy spending time outdoors with my young family. I also play several musical instruments and enjoy attending live music venues.
I attended the University of Southampton, studying Sociology and Social Policy, and have spent the majority of my working life supporting volunteers, and building support for both local and national charities.
Mandy Roberts, Administrator
Hello, my name is Mandy Roberts, and I was appointed Administrator in February 2021. I live in Oliver’s Battery, Winchester with my family and many pets. We have lived in Hampshire since 2002 and love it.
Having previously lived in North Africa and Singapore, I really appreciate our gorgeous British countryside and, as a family, we spend many enjoyable hours walking our dogs.
I have been involved with CPRE Hampshire since 2006 having first worked in the office and then as a volunteer at many fundraising events, with my main involvement being the Christmas cards co-ordinator.