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Chairman

Dan Parsons

Chairman

About Dan

With a background in finance Dan has set up several new companies and, with his depth of experience and knowledge, has guided and transformed businesses to evolve and prosper.  Winchester based, Dan, has a life-long passion for traditional crafts and a love of the New Forest. 

Dan is looking forward to identifying opportunities for further growth and sustainability while embracing the core integrity of the membership criteria and key categories within the Forest landscape.

Sue Cole

Sue Cole

Director

About Sue

Sue has lived in Minstead since 1983. She started smallholding with a house cow and a couple of sheep in 1985 and once her 4 daughters were older she developed her interests into a business producing mainly hogget and mutton and a wide range of handcrafted woollen products from the beautiful grey wool her flock of Gotland sheep produces. Her flock of sheep now averages around 75 but sadly she now longer has her much loved Red Poll cattle.

As a long-standing member of the Soil Association, she strives to farm as sustainably as possible and is committed to producing and promoting local food.

John Sanger

John Sanger

Director

About John

John is a parish councillor in Woodgreen, where he has lived since 1982, and his three children were educated in local Forest schools. John has considerable experience representing the parish viewpoint and negotiating with local authorities, winning recognition for the parish voice to be heard on issues such as planning, housing, transport and tourism.

John was invited on to the board as a representative of the New Forest National Park Authority, who support the New Forest Marque®. He has been visiting New Forest pubs for 40 years.

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Claire Lee

Operations Manager

About Claire

Claire has lived in the New Forest since 1985. For 14 years she ran her Artisan Chutney Production business and was an active New Forest Marque member for 10 years. She has also served as a Director of the New Forest Marque for the past 3 years.

In March of 2017, Claire joined the New Forest Marque team working full time in the new role of Operations Manager. Claire is kept busy looking after the Members, overseeing the day to day running, helping to raise the profile of the Marque and working closely with the National Park Authority to champion the fantastic local food, drink, craft and produce available from the New Forest Marque Members.

kate collinson

Kate Collinson

Director

About Kate

Kate has lived all her 46 years in the New Forest, and the New Forest runs in her blood.
She taught horse riding and worked for Ordnance Survey after university, then embarked on a 2 year round the world backpacking trip. Upon her return, she retrained as a secondary maths teacher and has been working in local schools for the last 16 years. She has also been actively involved in local sustainability and eco groups for years. Kate launched her successful local business, The New Forest Tartan Company, in 2017, is delighted to be a Director for the New Forest Marque, and will happily support and promote local and sustainable businesses in our stunning and unique New Forest.

 

Paul Walton

Paul Walton

Director

About Paul

Paul’s role is to lead the National Park Authority’s work in conserving the landscapes and habitats of the National Park and foster a healthy local economy that can sustain the Park’s special qualities.

Paul has considerable experience of working in protected landscapes.  He has come to the New Forest having previously worked in Cornwall, as a General Manager for the National Trust for five years and prior to that as the first Partnership manager of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  He also worked as an Area Manager for the Sussex Downs Conservation Board prior to the creation of the South Downs National Park.

In 2011 Paul completed a Masters degree in Town and Country Planning.

Debbie Copping

Debbie Coping

Administrator

About Claire

Debbie has been providing administrative support to the New Forest Marque since 2006.

Keeping member records, financial accounts, updating the website and assisting with social media are some of the ways she helps.

Debbie is based in the office part-time at New Forest Park Authority, at the Town Hall in Lymington.

Natasha Davies

Natasha Davies

Director

About Natasha

Natasha is the New Forests District Council representative for New Forest Marque. Working within the Economic Development team she has a good understanding of how important small businesses are for the area and the issues they face.

 
Having originally started her career in Tourism for the New Forest, she fully supports the ethos of the Marque and how important it is to work together to sustain it.
garry baldwin

Gary Baldwin

Director

About Gary

Gary has lived in Hampshire all his life and life-long visitor of the Forest. Prior to joining as Managing Director of the New Forest Hotel Collection (which includes four hotels - Bartley Lodge, Beaulieu Hotel, Forest Lodge and Moorhill House – Burley Manor, a restaurant and rooms and a country pub restaurant, the Drift Inn) Garry joined from the role of Senior Hotel Inspector at AA Hotel Services with over 10 years’ experience with the quality organisation– including personally creating and developing the AA College Rosette Scheme – one of the highest accreditations in partnership with people 1st for college restaurants in the hospitality industry.  Previous operational experience includes a diverse selection of 5-star British names including, Cunard, Bovey Castle Hotel in Devon and Pennyhill Park in Surrey. With a love for the forest and championing local producers with a quality stance, Garry is delighted to be working with a team of focussed and driven directors to make the very best of our local area and promote what is great about the National Park

Andrew Parry-Norton

Andrew Parry-Norton

Director

About Andrew

Andrew was born and raised in The New Forest, attending local schools (and pubs!) during the 70s, Andrew spent some time working on farms in Scotland, Dorset and France to broaden his knowledge and experience, but always returning ‘home’ to the New Forest.

Andrew is married to Sarah and between them they have four children,  Tom, William, Becky and Kirsty, together they run a traditional family commoning farm with a sprinkling of modern ideas.  Andrew produces Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chicken and Duck eggs, he is passionate about creating a high quality product.

He has found that The New Forest Marque has enabled the produce to be marketed as a niche product which can command a higher price. This has allowed the farm to grow with a healthy looking future. Andrew is proud to be a commoner and the heritage that is associated with it. He believes that the ever-increasing pressures on the Forest need to be carefully managed and protected for future generations.

Andrew is a member of the National Farmers Union and the Commoners Defence Association.  He is keen to see more commoners and retailers joining the Marque to benefit from its growing recognition and market