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The South Ormsby Estate Owners & Team

Managing a 3,000-acre country estate while delivering on ambitious visions for the future involves the work of a wide range of dedicated individuals.

The South Ormsby Estate team includes experts in a wide range of skills and disciplines who work together for the good of the estate and its communities.


Jon and Jan Thornes

Jon and Jan Thornes became the custodians of South Ormsby Estate in 2016 and since then, they’ve been leading the way with an exciting vision for the estate’s future.

Born in West Yorkshire, Jon has worked in agriculture, agribusiness and technology throughout his career.

Jon and Jan have lived in Lincolnshire for many years and they now live on South Ormsby Estate.

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Paul Barnes - South Ormsby Estate

Paul Barnes

Estate Manager

Paul has over 15 years’ experience of estate and farm management and has a qualification in agribusiness. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Farmers and the Institute of Agricultural Management.

Nicky Coxon

Events Assistant Officer

Nicky has lived in Lincolnshire most of her life and enjoys the tranquillity of the countryside. She is happily married with 4 daughters and lives in South Ormsby and has recently joined the events team.

Finn Bracey

Project Officer

Finn has joined the Estate as a graduate trainee, having recently completed her BA in Photography.  She is working alongside Annie to learn the different aspects of working life here on the Estate.

Damian Furlong

Estate Photographer

A professional photographer who now lives on South Ormsby Estate, Damien takes photos on behalf of the estate and helps visitors and residents to appreciate the beauty of the area.

Damien Howard-Pask

Damien Howard-Pask

Chartered Marketing Consultant and Estate Spokesperson

With over 20 years experience, Damien is a Chartered Marketing Consultant responsible for the Estate’s marketing and communications team and Managing Director of Lincoln-based marketing, digital and market research agency, Purple Robot.


Clarice Weston

Graduate Placement Officer and Saturday Club Manager

Clarice left the hustle and bustle of busy city life over 10 years ago to relocate to the Lincolnshire Wolds, where she enjoys the tranquil lifestyle, the open spaces, and frequent visits to the coast.  She looks after our 13-26-year-old Young Workers, Kickstarters, and Graduates.

Emma Wright, a Graduate Trainee at South Ormsby Estate

Emma Wright

Graduate Trainee

Emma’s recently graduated with a BA hons in Fine art and is joining the estate as a graduate trainee. She will rotate around the different sections of the business, learning everything there is to know about working on the estate.

Charlotte Waite, a Graduate Trainee at South Ormsby Estate

Charlotte Waite

Graduate Trainee

After graduating with a BSc Hons in International Event Management, Charlotte returned to Lincolnshire and discovered the opportunity to be a part of implementing the vision to sustainability secure the future of the estate leaving a legacy for future generations.

Olivia Apletree, a Graduate Trainee at South Ormsby Estate

Olivia Apletree

Graduate Trainee

Having grown up 3 miles from the Estate, Olivia had spent a lot of her childhood in the Lincolnshire Wolds. After completing her BA Hons in Graphic Design, it seemed such an amazing opportunity for Olivia to learn about her immediate environment at South Ormsby.



Estate Cat

Marmite’s job at the Estate is arguably the most important of them all. He patrols South Ormsby Estate and makes sure that everything is in check. Whether it’s seeking out pests, greeting visitors, or exploring parts around the Estate, Marmite always keeps himself busy.

Jacqui Rhodes - South Ormsby Estate

Jacqui Rhodes


Jacqui has worked to maintain South Ormsby Hall for over twenty years and began her career working for the former squire, Adrian Massingberd-Mundy. Jacqui lives on the estate with her husband, whose family has worked at South Ormsby Estate for generations, and her 17-year-old daughter, Keira.

Anne Crutchley

Anne Crutchley


With 40 years’ experience in bookkeeping and accounts administration, Anne helps the South Ormsby Estate and its team members achieve their goals and aspirations for the future.

Tak Shimazaki

Tak Shimazaki

Lead Architect

Tak is the founder of Takero Shimazaki Architects, a RIBA award-winning practice which specialises in sympathetically designed developments and restorations. Tak and his team are designing buildings for the estate’s future.

Jennifer Frewen

Jennifer Frewen

Associate Architect

Jennifer is a RIBA East Midlands award-winning architect who’s well-regarded for high-profile restorations and new-builds. Jennifer is coordinating the direction and delivery of the architectural elements of the estate vision.

Cecile David

Cécile David


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 to be in keeping with the existing environment.

Keyura Alva Samson

Keyura Alva Samson

Architectural Assistant

Keyura will be assisting with the design and development of new buildings on the estate. Using her previous experience developing housing in London and Cambridge, she’ll ensure buildings sit comfortably within the estate and are respectful to the surrounding area.

Marcus Beale

Marcus Beale

Heritage Architect

Marcus is the founder of an award-winning architecture firm which specialises in new buildings and building alterations in historic and protected environments. Marcus Beale Architects is leading the design and development of restoration projects across the estate including the restoration of South Ormsby Hall.

Barry Stowe

Barry Stowe

Heritage Architect

Barry Stow is an expert in historic building repair and the conservation of heritage sites and his previous work includes the restoration of The Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station and the Chapter House of Westminster Abbey. Barry is ensuring the plans for the estate are architecturally respectful to the area’s heritage.

Daniel Shabetai

Daniel Shabetai

Conservation Architect

Working alongside Marcus Beale and Barry Stowe, Daniel is the conservation architect for the restoration of the Massingberd-Mundy Rectory and South Ormsby Hall and walled garden.

Guy Maxfield

Guy Maxfield

Planning Consultant

Guy is a town planner and chartered surveyor specialising in rural planning. Through Indigo Planning, he is leading the Estate projects through the planning stage to ensure the best outcomes for the local community, economy and landscape.

Fareeda Ahmed

Planning Associate

Working alongside Guy Maxfield, Fareeda is a specialist in local government, policy, research, community development and volunteer management. She’s working to ensure the vision for the estate benefits the community, the local economy and the environment.

John Crutchley - South Ormsby Estate

John Crutchley

Herd Manager, Massingberd-Mundy Lincoln Red Beef

John Crutchley is responsible for one of the world’s largest herds of original population Lincoln Red cattle. John has been looking after the herd of rare cattle since 2010.

Tristan Jorgensen, Head Distiller at South Ormsby Estate

Tristan Jorgensen

Head Distiller

Having started his career at the world-famous Laphroaig Distillery in Scotland, Tristan has worked for some of the UK’s major spirit producers. His experiences in the food and beverage hospitality industry have resulted in him becoming a rounded, versatile and experienced distiller, with a passion to do things traditionally using only the finest botanicals.

The Young Workers Saturday Club at South Ormsby

The Saturday Club

The Young Workers Saturday Club is a group of young people aged 13-17, who work and help out with several tasks at South Ormsby. The club allows young people to learn valuable skills and gain working experience, whilst earning some money! Members each have their own contracts and are paid monthly, just like any other member of staff here at the Estate.


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