Mike Hodges

Joint Chair

Mike has lived in Brockenhurst since 1993. His professional career was in the milk industry in HR, Production and Sales. Mike commissioned the first non-returnable carton dairy in the UK and managed the distribution of the ‘daily pinta’ to 800,000 homes in Greater London area, overseeing some 3000 staff and 1800 electric milk floats.

Mike took early retirement and being interested in charitable work, he took a role as Commercial Director with the Trident Trust, an education charity managing work experience and personal development for some 160,000 students annually from the UK and Europe for a 3 year period.

Latterly, Mike became involved in the NHS’ Better Local Care programme where he was a patient representative. Mike then set up and chaired the New Forest Community Engagement Group involving Patients, Voluntary Sector and NHS staff. This work has involved Mike in Lymington Hospital and recognising the excellent work of Lymington Hospital Friends, Mike decided to join as a Trustee and he is looking forward to being involved in its future development.

Arthur England

Joint Chair

Arthur moved to Brockenhurst with his family in 1992. He enjoyed a varied career in banking/finance and local government, managing people, business, projects, web, e-learning and communications. 

He also volunteers at the St Barbe Museum + Art Gallery in Lymington, enjoys working with people and over the years has actively raised funds for the British Heart Foundation, Great Ormond Street, Guide Dogs and the RNLI.

Arthur aims to help develop Lymington Hospital Friends’ strategy, PR, web and social media to raise the profile of the hospital and to support fundraising in the local community. His principal role is working with the hospital on new patient care projects and fundraising.

He loves spending time with his family, travel & letterpress printing in his home studio. His labrador “Cheddar” has applied to Matron to be a ‘Patients as Therapy’ dog.

Harry Nash

Treasurer & Trustee

Harry was born in the Lymington area and has lived here for many years, even returning to live in Barton on Sea once he retired from a career in Financial Services.  As a Chartered Accountant, Harry’s career focused on Financial Services with leadership positions in Governance, Operations, Change and Risk Management.

Harry loves retirement because as well as watching cricket, football and spending more time with his family, he has become involved in and acts as Treasurer for several local charities.

Harry is looking forward to using the experience he has gained in his professional career to ensure strong financial stewardship and to contribute generally to the Board of Trustees and Lymington Hospital Friends.

Alastair Mann

Trustee (Procedures)

Alastair moved to Lymington in 2016. He is a retired management consultant who initially joined as a volunteer, supporting the running of the Lymington Hospital Friends office for two years before becoming a trustee. Alastair’s professional life includes significant projects in the oil industry, undertaking organisation studies in international locations, and advising suppliers on marketing strategy. Latterly, Alastair worked for a very large American IT services company, managing learning and development professionals across Europe.

Alastair is keen to engage in Lymington Hospital Friends’ activities to support and develop the valuable asset that Lymington New Forest Hospital represents to the community.

Anne Bowman

Trustee (Membership)

Anne moved to Brockenhurst in 2018, after 20+ years living and working in Asia.   Anne’s professional career was in Financial Services, in a variety of roles, including Project Management, Risk Management & Chief Operating Officer positions

Anne & her husband took a career break in 2017, and enjoyed travelling all over the world. On a holiday to the New Forest, they fell in love with a house in Brockenhurst, which required renovations, resulting in their move to oversee the project.   Anne and her husband like living in this beautiful area so much, they’ve decided to make it their permanent base.

Anne enjoys volunteering for several local charities and has found this is a great way to get to know more about the local community and make new friends. Anne’s volunteering roles are quite varied and include providing crew support for Solent Rescue, admin support for Lymington Hospital Friends, and helping at Bransgore Coffee House (a community café).

Anne is keen to use her professional experience to contribute to the continued development and success of Lymington New Forest Hospital through its partnership with the Friends.

Ben Houlford

Ben Houlford

Trustee (Clinical)

Ben works in Lymington New Forest Hospital as a Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology and General Medicine, having been appointed in 2019. He is originally from Bristol but has lived in Hampshire since 2013 with his wife and their two young children. Outside of work, Ben’s interests include watching sport, films and tropical fishkeeping.

He is on the board of trustees as the secretary of another charity called HeartBeatz UK, which teaches CPR to primary school children using music as an aid.

Ben is keen to act as a link between Lymington Hospital Friends and the clinical staff at Lymington New Forest Hospital

Ian Hynd

Operations Manager

Ian was brought up on the Waterside and moved to Sussex in 1975, then moved back in 1992 to New Milton and the New Forest. He is married to Lynda and they have four wonderful children and currently 4 grandchildren! Outside of family life, Ian is an enthusiastic Southampton season ticket holder!

He worked for 33 years in personal and corporate banking, gaining finance and administration experience up to Director level. Taking a career turn, Ian became self employed to own and run Barton on Sea Newsagents and store, this included being Sub Postmaster for 6 years.

In September 2014, Ian joined the Friends of Lymington New Forest Hospital as Operations and Volunteer Service Manager. In 2019, he moved to Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust as Head of Brighterway Charity.

In October 2021, Ian returned to the role of Operations Manager for Lymington Hospital Friends to help in the re-launch of the valuable work we do in the hospital enhancing the service and patient experience.