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 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.

Steve Avery

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.


Lesley Meaker

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.


Peter Jameson

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.


William Kenealy

Garry King

Garry lives near Salisbury, has been involved with the Cranborne Chase AONB Partnership for many years and is one of the founding trustees of the Cranborne Chase Landscape Trust. He currently works as an environmental planner in local government and consultancy, as a part-time university lecturer and has many years’ experience working with a range of designated and historic landscapes.

In his spare time, he loves walking in Cranborne Chase, the West Wiltshire Downs and Salisbury Plain with his dog Holly. Garry is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Linnean Society of London and is a Chartered Geographer, Biologist and Environmentalist.


Garry King

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.