CPRE Hampshire, the countryside charity attracts new trustees

11th March 2021

CPRE Hampshire, the countryside charity is delighted to announce the appointment of four new trustees. The appointments follow a recruitment drive looking for new trustees to replace two of the charity’s long-standing trustees, Caroline Dibden and Robert Jamieson who stepped down at the last Annual General Meeting after completing their term.

The new trustees form part of the CPRE Hampshire team of around 115 volunteers and three part-time staff. The countryside charity is active across Hampshire with six voluntary district groups and a small office in Winchester.

Dee Haas, Chair of CPRE Hampshire says, ‘We are very pleased to have such an experienced and talented group of new trustees to take forward the work of the charity. Thanks to their support, and that of our members and other volunteers, CPRE Hampshire can even more effectively promote, enhance and protect the countryside in Hampshire. Our role is even more important at the moment as we all realise the importance of our green spaces and countryside to mental and physical health.

Our members will have an opportunity to meet the new trustees at our virtual AGM on 24 April at 10am where we welcome a guest speaker from our national charity, Chair, Simon Murray.’

CPRE Hampshire’s new trustees are:

Neil Henderson, Secretary to the Board and Governance Lead
Neil Henderson, a barrister of 15 years’ standing, who is currently studying for an executive MBA at the University of Surrey. Neil has a long-standing interest in the environment and the protection of the countryside and takes on the role of Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Governance Lead.

John Lauwerys
John Lauwerys worked for many years in university management, including as Secretary and Registrar of the University of Southampton. Following his retirement John acted as a consultant in the higher education sector and chaired the action group ADD to victory in Eastleigh. John lives in Brambridge and was recently elected as Chair of Hampshire Beekeepers Association.

Liz Michel, PR and Marketing Lead
Liz Michel, a geology graduate turned senior marketing executive, with extensive experience in banking, telecoms, healthcare and retail. Liz believes passionately in the importance of people getting out and spending time in the countryside or in green spaces. She takes on the role of trustee responsible for PR and Marketing.

John Rosling
John Rosling, an experienced business leader, director, academic and author, with a background in marketing, but now specialising in governance and ethics. A graduate of Geography with Business, John lives with his family in Bishop’s Waltham and is strongly committed to protecting the countryside and took the lead in opposing plans for a major new power station on farmland near his home.

CPRE Hampshire couldn’t exist without the support of its members and volunteers. If you would like to help to protect Hampshire’s beautiful countryside and valued green spaces, please consider joining CPRE Hampshire as a member or volunteer.

To find out more about the new trustees and to meet more of the CPRE Hampshire team, or to get involved, visit www.cprehampshire.org.uk.

CPRE Hampshire’s new trustees – clockwise from top left: John Rosling, Liz Michel, Neil Henderson and John Lauwerys
Children climbing in the New Forest