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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


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 born in Guildford, Surrey and has a MA in Engineering Sciences at Cambridge University.  He 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 in the Ministry of Defence as a programme manager firstly for Army management information and then for 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 Masters 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.

North Wiltshire and Swindon Group

Chairman – Mrs. Anne Henshaw
Tel: 01249 816182


(for personal background see “Chairman” above)

Hon. Secretary – Post vacant – volunteers wanted

Kennet Group

Acting Chairman – Kate Fielden

Secretary – Sue Hine


Kate Fielden


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.

Nick Stokes
Nick Stokes was brought up in Bath, and lived in Wiltshire in the 1980s before returning to the county in 2012 when he retired. He spent some 45 years in various marketing and strategic roles including being Marketing Director of Lloyds Pharmacy Ltd for 7 years, having previously held senior roles at Boots the Chemist, and Marketing and Development Director at Coventry University where he led the repositioning of the University such that it is now the highest ranked and largest ex-Poly in the UK.
Nick was also a Non-Executive Director, and latterly Acting Chair of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust for ten years, and was also a Trustee of the Coventry Museums Trust.  Since retirement, he was elected to serve on Worton Parish Council in 2017, is heavily involved with the Worton Neighbourhood Plan and was the Seniors Captain at North Wilts Golf Club in 2019, where he is still a member of the Seniors Committee.
Nick’s particular interest and specialism in countryside matters is the preservation of the Green Belt and the usage of brownfield sites to meet housing need. He has led the opposition to a major development outside the village boundary in Worton, which heaps been rejected twice but has now gone to appeal, and, as such, has become expert on planning law. He will be using this expertise to advise CPRE Wiltshire across the county, while also providing guidance on the use of marketing and market research in the future.


South Wiltshire Group

Chairman – Dr Suzanne Keene


Michael Hodges


Michael was born in London in 1952. After reading Modern History at Balliol College Oxford he joined Morgan Grenfell in 1973. From 1997 to 2012 he worked for HSBC. He was Chairman of the Middle East Association in 2010-12.

Michael has lived in Wiltshire since 1992. He married the Hon. Veronica Addington, from Highway Manor, Calne in 1992. Michael set up the Friends of Wiltshire Churches in 2008 and is a Trustee of the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries,  has been a Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire since 2012 and a Chancellor of the British Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta since 2012. Michael is also a Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Wiltshire Victoria County History Trust and a Governor of the Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust.

He is determined to do his best to help preserve Wiltshire’s rural heritage.


West Wiltshire Group

Chairman – John Eaton

Hon Membership Secretary – Ken McCall
Tel: 01225 761092

John Eaton

John was a senior manager at JPMorgan Investment Bank and has over forty years experience as a Business and IT project manager.  His professional strengths are organising, planning and strategy.
He is very well travelled and is also passionate about the English countryside.  His ambition is to do everything possible to protect the countryside and to protect its heritage for future generations.  His overwhelming concern is the loss of habitat due to intensive farming, unnecessary road building and excessive housing development.
He is currently enjoying life as Chair of CPRE West Wilts Branch and also of Southwick Parish Council.

Annabelle Sanderson

Annabelle is a fairly recent convert to the glories of Wiltshire, having moved here in 2015 from London. She has spent almost 20 years working in PR and communications as well as writing for national publications on a variety of issues from health and social care to the impact Jeremy Clarkson has had on bringing the realities of farming to a wider audience. Her particular passion is Stonehenge and she is a regular at the summer and winter solstices and will be doing everything she can to oppose the proposed tunnel.
Annabelle believes that the countryside is there to be enjoyed by everyone and is an advocate of the benefits which the outdoors can bring to mental and physical health. She also loves wildlife but since she has three cats spends most of her time trying to keep that out of her garden whilst encouraging bees and butterflies to enjoy the flowers she plants for them.
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