Hampshire Cultural Trust appointed a new trustee this year (January 22).
Clare Scheckter, who owns Laverstoke Park Farm, Basingstoke, with her husband Jody, the 1979 Formula One World Champion, has joined the trust’s board, bringing a wealth of technological, educational and agricultural expertise and enthusiasm.
Clare, who is one of Dame Mary Fagan’s deputy lieutenants of Hampshire, was chief operating officer and co-founder of a high-tech company based in Atlanta, USA, before opening the Laverstoke Park Education Centre (LPEC) on the farm. It has seen over 15,000 students from schools, colleges and youth organisations try their hand at farming and learn more about sustainable land management, animal welfare and healthy food production, free-of-charge, since its conception in 2003. It was officially opened by Princess Anne in 2012.
She is no stranger to board committees. Clare has also been a governor at Testbourne Community School since 2006 and served on the CLA’s Education Committee between 2009-2011. In 2011, she was awarded an honorary fellowship of the University of Winchester and has served on the Worthy Down Independent Advisory Panel since 2012. In 2013, Clare was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire and, in 2014, as a trustee of the Enham Trust. Clare has just finished serving a one-year term as president of the South of England Agricultural Society.
Hampshire Cultural Trust is a registered charity providing arts and museum services for local people and visitors to Hampshire. It is governed by a board of trustees, chaired by Alan Lovell.
Alan said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Clare to the Hampshire Cultural Trust board. We look forward to the integral role she will play in our continued endeavours to showcase, connect and empower Hampshire’s creative economy.”