Meet the Trustees
The North Wessex Downs Landscape Trust (Registered Charity No. 1168708) 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 Sherlock (Chairman)
Donald’s career has spanned many years in insurance broking and event management. For eight years, he was active in local government. He recently retired as a borough councillor at Basingstoke and Deane. He has many years of experience of trusteeships. Donald lives in the heart of the North Wessex Downs.
Ted Hiscocks was chairman of the Council of Partners of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) from 2015
to 2021. 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.
Having lived in London and worked for a management consulting firm, Susie moved 15 years ago to Wiltshire in the North Wessex Downs AONB. During this time, she has volunteered as a parish councillor and secretary fo the Wilton Windmill Society. She is currently coordinator for the Pewsey Community Area Partnership and the Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership.
Peter has been managing farm land and the environment in the NWD AONB for the past 55
years. He and his family instigated the restoration of the 1821 Wilton Windmill, resulting in the only flour producing windmill in SW England. He has been instrumental in the introduction of essential land management changes over the last half a century.
Charles moved to Oxfordshire over forty years ago after a career in the City and was an Oxfordshire County Councillor from 2006 to 2021. As a Councillor he represented the authority on the North Wessex Downs AONB Council of Partners. On stepping down as a Councillor, Charles joined the Trust. He is a Chartered Accountant with strong concerns for all aspects of the Countryside and the historic environment, having originally read archaeology at Cambridge.
Richard spent the best part of forty years working for local authorities, managing public rights of way and access to the countryside. His career has taken him
from the North Yorkshire and the North York Moors, to Sunderland and then to North Somerset before joining Wiltshire Council in 2003 where he progressed to the role of Head of Countryside, Rights of Way and Streetscene, before retiring in 2021.
As a trustee, Richard hopes to bring his experience of working within a number of protected landscapes to help to raise public awareness of the special qualities of the North Wessex Downs AONB and the constant need for the protection and enhancement of this wonderful region.
Having always called the North Wessex Downs home, work has taken me all around the world, first in military service with the Grenadier Guards and then in the investment management world. Today I run a family office and investment company based in London and over the past three decades served on the boards of a number of well-known City companies, such as, Caledonia Investments, Close Brothers, Rathbones and Polar Capital, a company I co-founded.
Outside of commercial activities, gardening, British architecture and history are passions, whether it be a five-year restoration of the Manor House at Milton Lilbourne or being Chairman of The Heritage of London Trust, a body that helps preserve the buildings and monuments of London. I have also worked with many other charities, such as, Fine Cell Work, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal Horticultural Society.
Esther and I have two wonderful daughters in their 20’s and four badly behaved dogs.