Wiltshire Groups and Trustees/Board Members
The Wiltshire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England has a central office in Devizes and is split into the four geographical groups listed below. Each group deals with district and parish issues and then comes together collectively to address county issues.
Sarah Rose Troughton – Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire and President
Mrs Troughton is Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in Wiltshire and took up the post of HM Lord-Lieutenant in February 2012. She lives near Swindon with her husband Peter and they have three children and nine grandchildren. She has held several voluntary positions both within and outside Wiltshire for a number of years and was particularly involved with the Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon and Youth Action Wiltshire. She maintains a keen interest in all aspects of life within Wiltshire as a whole, including council services, commerce and industry, the Armed Forces, along with many voluntary, community and charity groups and organisations.
Anne Henshaw – Chairman
Anne has lived in Wiltshire and been a member of CPRE since 1980. Born and bred a country girl on the Welsh Borders she joined CPRE because of her concerns over loss of hedgerows, public rights of way and traditional agriculture with the creeping industrialisation of our fields through the agribusiness. These grew over the years to wider concerns about the villages and their communities, the spread of urbanity, the loss of greenfields and the growth of tarmac as the answer to economic problems.
Engaged with several community groups in the Calne area where she lives, these include Calne Area Transport who have created a Transport Strategy for the area, Calne Our Place who have created a strong tourism profile through VisitWiltshire and the Combined Parishes Rights of Way Group based on the Cotswold Wardens scheme
Any spare time is spent in her large garden which was created from an arable field on the top of a very windy hill thirty years ago.
Charmian Spickernell – Vice Chairman
Charmian has lived in Wiltshire since 1970. She joined CPRE in 1981 when there were inner city riots because developments had occurred on the outskirts of towns and cities, leaving the centres dead. From being the fastest growing town in Europe, Swindon’s economy collapsed when the centre declined. She is particularly keen on CPRE’s campaigning for sound planning to address social, environmental and economic issues equally. She is also concerned about the weakening of local democracy: at times the developers are an all too powerful lobby and we need the help of more people, parish councils and other NGOs to ensure the voice for environmental and social issues is heard. We are still some way off from government and the people deciding what and where development should take place before inviting the developers to bid for it.
Geraldine White – Administrator
Geraldine was born and educated in London, where her father was the Deputy Chief Officer of the London Fire Brigade. After her parents retired to Wiltshire in the late-70’s she moved to join them.
She started work for the Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service as a Control Room Operator and quickly worked her way up through the ranks to become a Senior Control Room Operator. In 1996 she joined DOPRA in Chippenham as a Tester on Fire Brigade products. Eventually she became a Principal Bid Manager, initially in the Public Safety arena and then ICT Managed Services, looking after public sector tenders worth many millions of pounds. The role included a lot of travel and long days.
Geraldine elected to take redundancy in early 2016 when she joined CPRE Wiltshire where she is in charge of all branch administration. She and her husband David live in Rowde and have four daughters and four granddaughters, who they dote on. Besides her family, her interests include the countryside, walking, yoga, reading, travelling and gardening.
Mike Manson – Project Officer
Mike was a career soldier in the Royal Artillery, retiring as a Colonel in 2008 having been based in England and Germany. He went on operations in Northern Ireland and on exercise in many countries. He spent his final nine years as a programme manager for Army management information and Defence Medical information. From 2009 he was a management consultant until joining CPRE Wiltshire in 2015. He has lived in Wiltshire since 1993, firstly in Shrivenham, then in Wilton and now in Bratton (near Westbury) since 1999.
He works part-time and his main tasks with CPRE Wiltshire are to run the Best Kept Village Competition, to manage the website and to manage membership. When not doing this he is a volunteer worker for many aspects of his village and he also rows stroke for a veterans VIII at Bradford-on-Avon Rowing Club.
Andrew Longland – Treasurer
Andrew moved to Salisbury in Wiltshire in 2017, having spent most of his life living on the eastern edge of the New Forest. Having thought he would miss the countryside on his doorstep in the New Forest, he soon fell in love with the Wiltshire countryside and all it has to offer.
Having graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1998, Andrew began a career in IT and software development. This career further developed into senior business leadership roles that involved managing multiple business functions in diverse industries and sectors both in the UK and internationally. During this time, he gained valuable experience in financial management and accounting. He is currently studying towards becoming a Chartered Certified Accountant with ACCA to gain the formal qualification to back up this experience.
In 2020, Andrew left his role as Commercial Director for a manufacturing business after 7 years, and set up his own consultancy firm, offering business and systems consultancy to SME’s across the UK. He is also Managing Director of his family’s publishing business in the New Forest.
He has been Treasurer of Waterside Club since 1998 and became Media Co-ordinator of Sarum Rotary Club in 2020. Previously, he has held the office of Chair of a charity that provides early years education and childcare services and Treasurer and founding trustee of a charity providing support to people suffering from Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and their families.
Andrew became Treasurer of CPRE Wiltshire in November 2020 with a desire to help the organisation to be sustainable during the difficult times faced by all charities due to the coronavirus pandemic. CPRE represents a passion of Andrew’s which is to see England retain its rural heritage for everyone to enjoy, whilst working alongside commerce, industry and housing, believing that they don’t have to be mutually exclusive if planned properly. The opportunity will also allow him to gain additional experience of benefit to his ACCA qualification.
Penelope McNeile – Marketing Trustee
Penelope has just returned to live near Devizes, but has been a regular visitor to Wiltshire since childhood. Her recent career has been in business development, marketing and sales for a range of sectors – surveyors, civil engineers, landscape architects, accountants and higher education – and she is also a trustee for the Thames Estuary Partnership (where she was Interim CEO for 9 months) and for the Clapham Book Festival. In these roles, she has finance, marketing, and HR responsibilities. She holds an MBA with distinction from Cass Business School and a first degree from Cambridge.
North Wiltshire and Swindon Group
Chairman – Mrs. Anne Henshaw
Tel: 01249 816182
(for personal background see “Chairman” above)
Hon. Secretary – Post vacant – volunteers wanted
Acting Chairman – Kate Fielden
Secretary – Sue Hine
Kate has lived in Wiltshire for 32 years. She is a retired archaeologist and former curator at Bowood House.
Much of her childhood was spent in a Kentish village where she grew to appreciate the countryside and recognise its importance for everyone and for different reasons. She believes that what we see in the countryside today is the culmination of thousands of years of man’s activity within it. She hopes that we can ensure that the sympathetic stewardship of the past is carried forward into the future without too much being lost.
Kate is a Trustee of CPRE Wiltshire and Acting Chairman of CPRE Kennet Group. She also represents CPRE as Hon Secretary of the Stonehenge Alliance of NGOs campaigning against the A303 Stonehenge Tunnel Scheme.
Her other interests are many and varied, including gardening, reading and the arts.
John has lived in the Wiltshire countryside for 36 years. He believes his love of the countryside stems from time spent roaming the fields of Buckinghamshire during WWII as a young evacuee from his suburban home in what is now known as East London. Following National Service in the RAF Education Branch, his professional life was constantly in teaching of some sort. For the last 20 years before retiring in 2009 he travelled widely in Europe and the USA as an advisor on scientific and technical writing.
John joined the Kennet District Group Committee of the Wiltshire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England in 1993, and has served on that committee ever since. He is Immediate Past Chairman of the Wiltshire Branch, and remains a trustee and member of the Board. His particular interests are in protecting the North Wessex Downs AONB from insensitive development, and in finding ways of accommodating renewable energy developments in the countryside, using land economically and doing minimum harm to the natural beauty of Wiltshire.