LEON CROUCH- Chairman
I was born and educated in Lymington and I have lived here all my life. Although I love visiting other parts of the word, I always love coming home. What happens in my local community is very important to me – I have served on many local committees and devoted much of my time to charitable organisations, including the League of Friends, where I previously severed as Chairman and as a Trustee for over 10 years. My professional career started at a very early age when I formed the Fullers Group – My business achievements have provided me with a wealth of experience and expertise I feel are invaluable to any organisation. As a businessman I feel I have contributed, and will continue to contribute, to the lives of many people by providing job security in the local area. Although my appointment at Chairman is only temporary, I am thrilled to be involved with the League of Friends again. I have stepped in at a difficult time, to aid in the resolution of some serious issues, following an EGM in May this year. Nevertheless, I look forward to working together with the Leagues Trustees and Volunteers to bring a fresh, modern approach to the operation of our organisation and provide renewed energy to our fundraising efforts for the vital upgrade of our hospitals imaging suite.
MIKE HODGES- Vice Chairman
I have lived in Brockenhurst since 1993. My business life was in the milk industry in HR, Production and Sales. I commissioned the first non returnable carton dairy in the UK and I managed the distribution of the ‘daily pinta’ to 800,000 homes in Greater London area involving some 3000 staff and 1800 electric milk floats.
I took early retirement and worked for three years at the Trident Trust, an education charity managing work experience and personal development for some 160,000 students annually from the UK and Europe, as Commercial Director.
Latterly, I was the Patient representative on the NHS Better Local Care programme and set up and chair the New Forest Community Engagement Group involving Patients, Voluntary Sector and NHS staff. This work has involved me in Lymington Hospital and I recognised the excellent work of the Friends and as a Trustee I am looking forward to being involved in its future development.
PHILIPPA BLUNT – Company Secretary
I am the Tax Partner for Filer Knapper LLP, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers based in offices in Christchurch. I primarily provide 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.
My husband was born and raised in Lymington and I am proud to be continuing the involvement and support that his Grandfather, Dennis Knight, had with this local worthwhile cause.
I have a keen interest in voluntary work , including the Girl Guiding movement where I assist locally with the running of a Rainbow group, and I am treasurer of Sway Junior Football Club.
LOUISE HARFIELD – Operations Manager
Louise’s background is varied with a wealth of different experiences. Having run a building company and a private stately home, she is used to fast changing priorities and managing expectations. 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. Louise worked closely within the portfolio management office and has a corporate governance stance, coupled with strong HR processes. Past projects include refitting Surgery in Southampton with Dementia colour coded wards, donation stations, communications devices and a new starter pack of merchandise; she has a keen interest in fundraising and charity giving awareness.
DAVID SAYERS – Treasurer
I moved to Lymington in 2009 taking early retirement. I worked in IT for Insurance Companies specializing in Finance Systems. I have also worked in Local Government. I am currently a member of Lymington Rotary and Lymington Probus. I am also a volunteer for Lymington Sailability and do volunteer gardening at Exbury Gardens. My other interests include Family History.
I am a retired management consultant who moved to Lymington in 2016, and have supported the running of the Friends office for two years before becoming a trustee. My business experience includes significant projects in the oil industry, undertaking organisation studies in international locations, and advising suppliers on marketing strategy. Latterly, I worked for a very large American IT services company, managing learning and development professionals across Europe.
I am keen to engage in the Friends’ activities to support and develop the valuable community asset that the Hospital represents.
CHRISTOPHER J FORBES-RITTE
I moved to New Milton in late 2006 on retirement. My background is one of Military Service (20 years) followed by many years in the Private Sector Security Industry and in 1989 formed my Security and Loss Prevention Consultancy which gave me much experience in Health & Safety whilst working on major projects both in UK in the Private and Public Sectors and overseas. I am a Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (MIOSH). In 1994 I advised the Home Affairs Select Committee on the Legislation necessary for the Regulation of the Industry.
Since retiring I have become an active member of the Rotary Club of Highcliffe on Sea and a member Lentune Probus, in both Clubs I am responsible for Health & Safety and Compliance (all aspects).
I moved to Lymington in 2014 after coming here on holiday and loving it. Prior to becoming a trustee I have been an active volunteer with the League of Friends for nearly 4 years. I started as a guide and now regularly work in the office.
I moved from London after retiring from the Civil Service, where I worked for the Department for Education in Westminster. I loved my job and spent a lot of time working on projects to improve the teaching of science and maths in schools and encouraging young people to continue studying STEM subjects post 16.
I have a can do attitude and hope my enthusiasm to get things done and my people engagement skills will be useful to the Board of Trustees and the work of the League of Friends.
I am a retired pharmacist with a history of working within Hospital, Retail , Industry and Military Sectors all with a focus on people management.
My skills include governance, Strategic Planning, policy implementation, clinical expertise in medical equipment, procurement, training. people development and customer care.
I was brought up and still live in Lymington.