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The North Wessex Downs Landscape Trust (Registered Charity No. 1168708) 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:

Donald SherlockDonald Sherlock (chairman)

Donald’s career has spanned many years in insurance broking and event management.

For the last eight years, he has been active in local government and is currently a borough councillor at Basingstoke and Dean.  He has many years of experience of trusteeships.

Donald lives in the heart of the North Wessex Downs.





Horace Mitchell (vice-chairman)

Horace Mitchell

Horace and his wife Diana have lived within the North Wessex Downs for more than 35 years and he's been engaged with its protection and management for more than ten years, initially representing Basingstoke & Deane Council on the AONB Partnership Board and now as vice-Chair of the Trust.

Three of their four married children and six of their eight (so far!) grandchildren live within the Trust's area. Horace is a lay minister in the Church of England's North West Hampshire Benefice, focused on his 'home church' at Highclere.

His background is in IT and telecommunications, with a particular focus on the economic and social impacts of new and emerging technologies. Alongside his support for our local countryside and landscape, his interests are the performing arts (especially theatre and opera), literature, history and travel.



Anna McNair-Scott

Anna and her husband Nigel live in a Grade II listed farmhouse on the edge of the Trust area at Old Basing.

A Hampshire county councillor (and former chairman of the Council), Anna and Nigel have four sons and fourteen grandchildren.

Anna has a life-long interest in education; having graduated from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, she trained as a dyslexia therapist and has served as chairman of the National Dyslexia Appeal, and for ten years as a school Governor.

At Hampshire, Anna  chairs the Culture and Communities Committee. Alongside her work with the Landscape Trust, Anna is a trustee of the national Henry Smith Charity. A keen gardener, Anna’s leisure pursuits also embrace literature, music, art, bridge, riding and walking.



Ted Hiscocks

Ted Hiscocks has been chairman of the Council of Partners of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) since 2015.

He lives in Ramsbury at the heart of the AONB and enjoys walking across the Downs. When he was a schoolboy Ted spent a couple of years helping to restore the Kennet and Avon Canal south of Savernake Forest.