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.
Robert is the sixth generation of his family to pursue a career in land agency, and has been the Land Agent for the Estate for many years. Robert will continue to bring his immense local knowledge to advise and support Jan and Jon as the next chapter for the South Ormsby Estate unfolds.
Not only will George be working as a Land Agent for the estate, but he also lives on the Estate and is hugely enthusiastic about helping move the hall and estate forward and making it viable. George’s experience, contacts and education will give the estate a solid foundation of local knowledge and support.
Jackie joins the team with project management and brand experience. Focusing on the vision, heritage and values of the estate, Jackie will help realise, create and develop the South Ormsby brand, together with the community and estate businesses.
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 small businesses, full of opportunities to take part, learn about, explore and enjoy.
Leanne joins the Estate team from the National Trust where she managed visitor experience, events and volunteers. Always having a keen interest in heritage, Leanne is excited to work with the local community, businesses and volunteers to promote access to heritage and nature via a programme of events.
Business Development Manager
Coral will bring her vast experience in business development and strategy to provide support to existing and new estate businesses, to ensure their long-term sustainability. Coral will also be working with third parties and intermediaries to help make the vision for the Estate a reality.
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.
Damian is also an educator at a local college, passing on his skills and knowledge to further and higher education students.
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.
Heritage Interpreter and Administrator
Caron 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.
Jacqui 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.
Assistant to the Estate Caretaker
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.
Project ArchitectJennifer is coordinating the direction and the delivery of the architectural elements of the plans. It is Jennifer’s skills and experience that will take Jon and Jan’s vision for developing existing properties and the build of any new ones from idea, to planning, to build and beyond.
ArchitectEdward will be assisting with the design and development of the new elements of the plans. Drawing upon previous experience working on conservation projects in Edinburgh and London he will ensure that proposals are considerate and sensitive to existing historic elements.
Heritage ArchitectMarcus specialises in new buildings and alterations in sensitive sites including historic city centres and areas of outstanding natural beauty. He focuses on acoustics and use of space, user and community participation, listed buildings, conservation and sustainability.
Heritage ArchitectAlongside 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.
Details coming soon…