Board of Trustees

Leon Crouch

Leon Crouch

Chairman

Leon was born and educated in Lymington – His professional career started when he formed the Fullers Group, which became one of the largest employers in Lymington. His business achievements have provided him with a wealth of experience and expertise that are invaluable to any organisation.

What happens in the local community is very important to Leon – his involvement in many local community issues and charitable contributions are too numerous to mention. He was a founding member of Oakhaven, served as a town councillor and helped to save Saints Football Club during his term as Chairman. He also served as Chairman of the League of Friends between 2001/02 and served on the Board of Trustees for 10 years.

Following the EGM in May this year, the Board asked Leon to step in as temporary Chairman to rectify some serious governance issues, which have now been resolved.

With the appointment of some new Trustees, the Board is now working together to bring a fresh, modern approach to the operation of the organisation and Leon’s enthusiasm is providing renewed energy to the CT, MRI and Ultrasound Scanner Appeal.

Mike Hodges

Mike Hodges

Vice Chairman

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 the League of Friends, Mike decided to join as a Trustee and he is looking forward to being involved in its future development.

Harry Nash

Harry Nash

Treasurer

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 the League of Friends.

Philippa Blunt

Philippa Blunt

Company Secretary

Philippa lives locally with her family and her professional career is a Tax Partner for Filer Knapper LLP, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers based in offices in Christchurch. Philippa provides personal and business tax planning advice. “Running a business as well as working in it gives me a real understanding of the pressures facing clients in the “real world” and I bring my business skills to the League of Friends.”

Philippa’s husband was born and raised in Lymington and she is proud to be continuing the family’s involvement and support that his Grandfather, Dennis Knight, had with this local worthwhile cause.

Philippa has a keen interest in voluntary work, including the Girl Guiding movement where she assists locally with the running of a Rainbow group. Philippa is also Treasurer of Sway Junior Football Club.

Alastair Mann

Alastair Mann

Trustee

Alastair moved to Lymington in 2016. He is a retired management consultant who initially joined as a volunteer, supporting the running of the League of 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 the League of Friends’ activities to support and develop the valuable asset that Lymington New Forest Hospital represents to the community.

Christopher J Forbes-Ritte

Christopher J Forbes-Ritte

Trustee

Christopher moved to New Milton in 2006 on retirement. Christopher was in the Military Service’s for 20yrs. This is followed by many years in the Private Sector Security Industry. Christopher launched his own business Security and Loss Prevention Consultancy in 1989, which gave him increased experience in Health & Safety whilst working on major projects both in UK in the Private and Public Sectors and overseas.

Christopher is a Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (MIOSH). In 1994, He advised the Home Affairs Select Committee on the Legislation necessary for the Regulation of the Industry.

Since retiring, Christopher has become an active member of the Rotary Club of Highcliffe on Sea and a member of Lentune Probus Club. Christopher is responsible for all aspects of Health & Safety and Compliance in both clubs and will use this knowledge for the League of Friends.

Jenny Baker

Jenny Baker

Trustee

Jenny moved to Lymington in 2014 after coming here on holiday and loving it. Jenny has been a volunteer for 4 years  with the League of Friends, as a guide and office assistant, before becoming the Membership Secretary Trustee.

Jenny’s professional life was in London working for the Civil Service, where she worked for the Department for Education in Westminster.  She is an experienced project lead, contract manager and contract negotiator.  Jenny loved her job and delivered on projects to improve the teaching of science and maths in schools and encouraging young people to continue studying STEM subjects post 16.

Jenny has a positive, can-do attitude and hopes her enthusiasm to get things done by using her people engagement skills will be a valuable asset. Jenny hopes her skills will be useful to the Board of Trustees and the work of the League of Friends.

Penny Caswell

Penny Caswell

Trustee

Penny was brought up and still lives in Lymington. Penny’s professional career started as a Pharmacist focusing closely on people management within Hospital, Retail, Industry and lastly Military Sectors.

Penny’s skills include Governance, Strategic Planning, Policy Implementation, Clinical expertise in medical equipment, Procurement, Training, People Development and Customer Care. Penny is proud to be a Trustee on the League of Friends board as the local hospital and its services of care to the community is invaluable.

Penny loves spending time with her family, enjoying retirement and sailing.

Louise Harfield

Louise Harfield

Operations Manager

Louise grew up on a farming estate near Winchester and has a professional background of overseeing daily operations and projects. Used to fast changing priorities and managing expectations, Louise is thrilled to be part of moving the League of Friends forwards.

Having moved from the private sector into the public sector 4 years ago, Louise has worked for the NHS in Executive roles, the last being a £230M merger project. She worked closely within the portfolio management office and has good corporate governance. Past projects include refitting a Surgery in Southampton with Dementia colour coded wards, donation stations, communications devices and a new starter pack of merchandise for Clinical Staff.

Louise has a keen interest in fundraising and charity giving awareness.