Board of Trustees

Mike Hodges

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 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 & Joint Chair

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.

Leon Crouch

Leon Crouch

Former Chair & Trustee

It is with great regret that we have been advised that Leon passed away at Oakhaven Hospice at 7:30 this morning (13th September) after a short illness.

Throughout his life, Leon was a supporter of many causes including the League of Friends both as Trustee and as Chair on more than one occasion.

The League has passed on our condolences to his family.

See Leon Crouch: Tireless Supporter and Friend

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.

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 are invaluable.

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

Arthur England

Arthur England

Trustee (Communications & PR)

Arthur is retired from a varied career in banking, finance and local government. His skills include people, business and project management, website development, e-learning design and communications. Since retiring, Arthur has developing social media communities for a local charity and a printing society.

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

Arthur has lived in Brockenhurst with his wife since 1992 and loves spending time with his family, travel and letterpress printing.  He is looking forward to working with the League of Friends to develop communications, PR, website and use of social media to raise the profile of the hospital and support fundraising in the local community. 

Anne Bowman

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 the League of 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 League of Friends.

Claire Brown

Claire Brown

Trustee

Claire is a relative new-comer to the New Forest having recently, and very happily, ‘escaped the city’ moving to Burley with her husband. Claire is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant.

Claire is currently a consultant, mentor, trustee and co-opted member of investment and audit committees for various charities, including: The Nuffield Foundation, The Royal Foundation, Barts Charity and New Forest Citizen’s Advice.

She is also on the Advisory Board of Schroders’ Charity Authorised Investment Funds. Previously Claire was the Finance & Investment Director of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, a leading UK charitable foundation and Finance Director for GlobeOp, a highly successful start-up financial services business serving hedge funds.

Claire’s wide range of charity and trustee experience, plus her broad financial background will be of great value to the Board of Trustees.

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.