Who We Are


Ben Stoneham, Lord Stoneham of Droxford

Ben has lived in Droxford for over 30 years. He worked for over twenty years in the newspaper industry initially with the company who owned the Portsmouth News and then as Operations Director of News international. He chaired the company who built the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, and has been involved in economic regeneration work since the 1990’s. He was made a Liberal Democrat Life Peer in 2011. He has had a lifetime interest in politics and local history, and in particular the logistics of D-Day.

Trustees and Executive Committee

Chairman – Tony Hoile
Tony has worked in the construction industry for 50 years, and recently retired as Contracts Manager for CLC Contractors Ltd. In addition to his role on the FODC he also acts as an advisor on building matters for the PCC.

Treasurer – Nick Capon
Nick works at the University of Portsmouth Business School as an academic and leader of applied research. He has been treasurer of Shirrell Heath Methodist Church who have completed a £400,000 extension this year and is hoping that experience will be valuable in Droxford. He has lived in Droxford for 10 years.

Secretary, Membership and Events – Sally Sturt

Sally recently retired as a Chartered Patent and Trade Mark Agent having been a partner or owner in various firms since 1997. She is a long term resident of the Meon Valley with active involvement as a deputy of Droxford Neighbourhood Watch, member of Droxford bell ringers, trained barista, and team lead at Wilfrid’s Café. Experience also includes co-authoring the Meonstoke Village Design Statemen, and chairman of a local investment club for 9 years. 

Droxford Parochial Church Council Representative – Jeff Hooper
Jeff is a long term Droxford resident and member of the church.  He has extensive business experience as a Company Director.

Trustee and former Chairman – John Symes
John retired from Cisco Systems in 2011 having spent 30 years as a senior manager in the telecommunications industry.  He led the FODC during Heritage Lottery Fund restoration project, and later fund-raising for the Annexe.  He is a member of the congregation at St Mary’s church and has lived in Droxford for over 30 years.

Trustee and Architectural Advisor – John Dryden Brownlee
John is a Chartered Architect, and has worked with Portsmouth City Council, HCC, and as Chief Architect HCC/GLC Basingstoke Town Joint Committee for town expansion programme, and Borough of Basingstoke Chief Architect 1973-1982; he has worked in Private Practice 1982 to present. Specialist work includes NHS Surgery provision and commercial waste disposal plants in Southern Counties, as well as residential.

Trustee and Education Advisor – June Kershaw

June retired as an Executive Head Teacher in 2018 after working for 30 years in education. She started her career in Portsmouth teaching English, and later as a Primary Head Teacher she worked as a School Advisor for Hampshire County Council. Appointed to an executive post for Surrey County Council, she successfully carried out the amalgamation of two infant schools, a junior school, and a children’s centre, to become the largest primary school in Surrey.
She was a trained Ofsted Inspector and Educational Coach. June has lived in Droxford for 27 years and is a Governor at Droxford Junior School.