Jon & Jan Thornes
Custodians of the Estate
Jon Thornes MBE is the son of a dairy farmer and has spent all his working life in agriculture and related businesses, before more recently starting to work with, and invest in, tech businesses. Jon and his wife Jan, after many years living near Lincoln, have now relocated permanently to South Ormsby and will make the Hall their home. They are both keen walkers and passionate about local communities; sharing a vision of restoring the hall to its former glory and working with local people and third parties to regenerate the estate.
Paul studied Agribusiness and has gained over 15 years’ experience of Estate and farm management. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Farmers and The Institute of Agricultural Management.
Jackie joins the team with project management and brand experience. Focusing on the vision, heritage and values of the Estate, Jackie will help create and develop the brand, together with the community and Estate businesses.
Leanne joins us from the National Trust where she managed visitor experience, events and volunteers. Leanne is excited to work with the local community, businesses and volunteers via a programme of events.
Community and Business Manager
Joe has over 10 years’ experience in project management, working to protect, sustain and celebrate the heritage and nature of rural communities. Joe’s role will ensure the Estate supports local groups and businesses.
Business Development Manager
Coral brings a wealth of experience in business development and strategy to offer to existing and new Estate businesses. This will help secure a sustainable future for the area and encourage inward investment.
Damien has over 15 years’ experience in marketing, PR and social media. He will be working hard to help promote the Estate to more visitors, businesses and people who would like to come and make South Ormsby their home.
Previously working within private companies, the Inland Revenue, and her own businesses, Anne brings over forty years of experience in book keeping and accounts administration to the team at South Ormsby. Anne also works closely with her husband John Crutchley, Herd Manager of our Lincoln Red Cattle.
Damian is a professional location and travel photographer. He brings his extensive photography knowledge and experience to help capture the renovation and restoration of the Hall, as well as the beauty of the landscape across the Estate.
Robert is the sixth generation of his family to pursue a career in land agency. Robert continues to bring his immense local knowledge to advise and support Jan and Jon as the next chapter for the South Ormsby Estate unfolds.
George continues to bring his local knowledge, experience and contacts to advise and support Jan and Jon as the next chapter for the South Ormsby Estate unfolds.
Heritage Interpreter and AdministratorCaron has been mainly involved with education during her career but has also worked for the National Trust and done a lot of voluntary work for historic buildings, galleries and museums. She is very excited about working at South Ormsby Hall as this combines her professional skills and passions for art and history.
HousekeeperJacqui Rhodes, lives on the Estate and has worked in a dedicated manner to maintain South Ormsby Hall for over 20 years. She has fond memories of the old Squire and offers a wealth of knowledge about the estate and the community. Her husband is the grandson of Tom Rhodes, Gardener and Chauffeur here in the early twentieth century, and her mother-in-law used to run the Post Office in the village.
Hall StewardCraig Cuppleditch is our Hall Steward. He is a local Lincolnshire lad but has been away serving in the Army for a large chunk of his life. He served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. Craig enjoys renovation projects and is skilled in all types of practical building and maintenance work . He has fitted into the team really well and enjoys walking his chocolate Labrador Molly around the beautiful Estate.
Assistant to the Hall Steward
Jacob was born on the Estate and began working with us at the beginning of the summer this year following his completion of his studies for his Level 3 Sports and Biology BTEC. He has been assisting the Hall Steward and has enjoyed learning new tasks and skills maintaining the Parklands. Jacob currently works on the Estate part time.
Lead ArchitectTak and his team are dedicated to respecting the character of every project they work with so that any new builds or changes to existing ones fit the existing landscape and fabric of the community.
Jennifer is coordinating the direction and the delivery of the architectural elements of the plans. Her skills and experience will take Jon and Jan’s vision from idea, to planning, to build and beyond.
Edward will be assisting with the design and development of the new elements of the plans. Drawing upon previous experience working on conservation projects, he will ensure that proposals are considerate of the area.
Cécile will design and deliver various projects across the Estate. Using her previous experience in refurbishment and new buildings, she will arrange the new proposals in close continuity with the existing environment.
Keyura Alva Samson
Keyura will be assisting with the design and development of elements within the wider masterplan. She will draw on the existing landscape to ensure buildings are respectful and sit comfortably within the Estate.
Marcus specialises in new buildings and alterations in sensitive sites such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. He focuses on acoustics and use of space, listed buildings, conservation and sustainability.
Alongside Marcus, Barry is tasked with ensuring the plans and suggested builds are architecturally respectful to the heritage of the Estate as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Daniel will be looking after the fabric of the hall and the walled garden. He will also be coordinating the masterplan information and directing the works on site at the Rectory.
Mark has over 20 years’ experience assessing the socio-economic effects of major development proposals. He has wide experience in community engagement exercises, including working with hard to reach communities.
Guy is a town planner and chartered surveyor specialising in rural planning. He is leading the Estate projects through the planning stage to ensure the best outcomes for the local community, economy and landscape.
Community Engagement Advisor
Sabrina is a Community Engagement specialist with over 10 years of experience. She offers advice on community research, government relations, social listening, digital campaigns and public consultations.
Details coming soon…