Chairman of Hampshire Cultural Trust since its inception, Alan was instrumental in the launch of the charity in 2014 and is passionate about Hampshire’s heritage and its rich cultural landscape. Alan is a businessman who has specialised in corporate rescues and turnarounds and in renewable energy. He is currently Chairman of Interserve Group Ltd and Safestyle plc. and Senior Independent Director at SIG plc.
A Hampshire man through and through, Alan was High Sheriff of Hampshire in 2010/11 and is a Deputy Lieutenant. In the not-for-profit world, as well as his work with Hampshire Cultural Trust, Alan was Chair of the University of Winchester and the Mary Rose Trust until summer 2021.
Yinnon Ezra MBE
Yinnon’s passion for the transformational power of culture and the positive change it can deliver for communities has defined his career and his extensive work in the not-for-profit sector. Yinnon worked in Local Government and the voluntary sector for 37 years, during which time he managed several large cultural services departments with an innovative approach to delivering library and arts services. He led the team at Kent County Council in the Turner Centre project, now Turner Contemporary. Yinnon spent a year as National Advisor for Public Libraries with DCMS and for six years he was a National Trustee for the Heritage Memorial Fund/Heritage Lottery Fund. He served on the South East Area Board of the Arts Council, Museums Libraries and Archives Council and was a Lead Advisor for the Local Government Association.
As well as his work as Vice- Chairman of Hampshire Cultural Trust, Yinnon is Chair of the Test Valley Arts Foundation and has been involved with The Prince’s Trust in various roles, from being part of the SE Board, a mentor, fundraiser and volunteer. He continues to have incorrigible faith in young people.
He was awarded the MBE in 2009 for services to Local Government.
Anna has a passion for creating diverse, hands-on-learning opportunities and is a dedicated believer in accessible and family friendly creative and cultural experiences for all children. Anna has worked in the creative and cultural sector since graduating from Winchester School of Art, specialising in the design and implementation of art programmes within education settings, holding positions for the Creative Partnerships Programme, Heritage Lottery Fund and Regent High School.
Most recently, Anna has turned her focus towards the youngest in our community, retraining as an early years educator and opening Mimosa Montessori, an early years setting and Art Camp provider in Winchester.
Emma Back is a former Senior Civil Servant, having worked in various leadership and management roles at the Department for International Development, Department of Health and on secondment to the NHS. She is currently a consultant in international development, alongside her role as Chief Executive of the Winchester Sport Art and Leisure Trust. She is also Vice-Chair of the Winchester Lido Sports Association.
Emma’s experience includes policymaking, programme management
and organisational development and she has a strong interest in social impact, community engagement, diversity and sustainability. Emma holds
an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford and a postgraduate degree from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.
Rachel Bebb trained as a garden designer and is proprietor of The Garden Gallery, established in 1994 to exhibit sculpture, ceramics, lettering and original prints by contemporary artists for gardens and interiors. She has curated several exhibitions in other venues; including The Figure in the Landscape in Winchester’s Discovery Centre, Reflect at Winchester Cathedral and Inspired by the Word, a celebration of the literature of Jane Austen, Gilbert White and Edward Thomas by contemporary artists, held in several venues in Hampshire, including the garden at Gilbert White’s House in Selborne.
Rachel is an enthusiastic advocate for the enjoyment of open spaces
and gardens as a means to improve wellbeing and mental health and she is a champion of culture as an inclusive force for good in Hampshire’s diverse communities.
Rachel is also a trustee and former chairman of the Hampshire Gardens Trust.
One of Hampshire Cultural Trust’s founding trustees, Robert Boyle was previously a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Subsequently he has been
a non-executive director for a variety of public companies, charities and public sector organisations, frequently acting as chairman of the audit committee. He is currently an independent member of the audit committee for English Heritage and previously held a similar position at the National Trust.
Peter Cardy OBE
Throughout his life, Peter has worked to support or rediscover the heritage and culture of the places in which he has lived. Peter was born in Gosport and returned after an absence of 50 years, drawn by the magnetism of this small, often overlooked town and the sea that surrounds it on all sides.
Over a long career in successful non-profit organisations, Peter was deputy CEO of the National Volunteer Centre, then CEO of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Macmillan Cancer Support, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of the Department for Transport, Sail Training International and the Gosport marine business network. His mission, he says, was to make sick organisations well, and good organisations better. He has chaired around twenty non-profit groupings, national and international.
Peter now mentors voluntary sector leaders, showing them his mistakes
so they don’t have to repeat them. He regards his biggest career failure as retirement, indefinitely postponed. An unreconstructed do-gooder, his view is that since this is the only world of which we have unequivocal evidence, we should try to leave it better than we found it.
Peter was awarded the OBE in 2020 for services to the community in Gosport.
Mike has been a trustee of Hampshire Cultural Trust and was involved in the set up of the trust as Winchester City Council’s nominated trustee. He is now an independent trustee.
Mike's career was in HR and he has been CEO in large television production and broadcast businesses. With key skills in team leadership and negotiation, Mike's flair is to identify and take advantage of commercial opportunities and to motivate positive change across large staff teams. He is a great believer in reduced tier focussed management.
In 2009 Mike set up his own consultancy business before becoming involved in local politics. He was elected as a WCC Councillor and became Cabinet Member for Transport and Communities. He left politics and business in 2016 to concentrate on his voluntary work as a trustee with local charities and other roles in the not-for-profit-sector.
Mike has lived in Hampshire with his family for thirty five years after joining the local ITV station in the 1980s; one of his local claims to fame being his choice of Romsey as the first location for the Ruth Rendall Mysteries.
Louise has had a long career in museums and galleries, in particular in education and interpretation. She spent 11 years at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, where she took the lead on significant development of the museum site and became head of the organisation in 2010. She was a guest curator on Hampshire Cultural Trust’s ground-breaking 2017 exhibition, The Mysterious Miss Austen.
After leaving Jane Austen’s House Museum, Louise was an Interim Director at the Charles Dickens Museum in London, before becoming a trustee.
She currently heads Louise West & Associates, a group of experts advising museums.
Louise has lived in Hampshire for over 40 years and is married with four grown-up children. In addition to her deep love for museums, Louise is also a keen armchair football fan and has supported Manchester City since her early teens.
James is an experienced fundraiser, having held senior positions at the Samaritans and Amnesty International. James lives in Aldershot with his wife and family and prior to joining Hampshire Culture Trust, was already a regular visitor to our venues; in particular the West End Centre where he met and successfully proposed to his wife!
James currently works at the South Downs National Park Authority where he is Head of Income Generation and Marketing.
Lucille Thompson is Leader of Winchester City Council and is responsible for partnership working. She has extensive Local Government experience both in London where she served as a councillor on the London Borough of Waltham Forest and then in Buckhurst Hill Essex where she helped set up and became a member of the newly formed Parish Council. She moved to Winchester in 2005.
The first five years of her working life was spent at the BBC in an administrative role supporting the Head of the BBC’s Light Orchestras. She then went on to spend ten years in Parliament working for various Liberal Democrat MPs, gaining valuable knowledge of the Parliamentary system. A move to a Public Affairs Consultancy followed where she was responsible for a number of broad ranging clients.
Lucille has a passion for textiles and design, is a member of the V&A and a frequent visitor to the Fashion Museum in Bath and the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.
Councillor Keith Mans
Keith Mans took over as Leader of the County Council in May 2019. Previously, he was the Deputy Leader and the Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services. He has been a Hampshire County Council councillor since 2009 and at present represents the Brockenhurst Division.
Outside of the Council, Keith is a Vice Patron of the Oakhaven Hospice Trust and Vice President of the Air League.
Keith is a former RAF pilot and flew Vulcan and Canberra aircraft. After leaving the RAF, he spent ten years working for the John Lewis Partnership before he entered parliament as the MP for Wyre in Lancashire in 1987. Whilst in Parliament Keith was PPS to the Secretary of State for Health as well as being a member of both the Defence and the Environment Select Committees. After leaving Parliament in 1997 Keith was CEO of the Royal Aeronautical Society until his retirement in 2009.