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Meet the 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.

David Whiteley

Head of Business, Events and Personnel Operations

David has over 40 years’ experience in establishing and building businesses within the tourism, leisure and events industries. His primary role is to develop business activities and events on and off the estate.

Chris Barker

Events Catering Manager

Chris has 40 years catering experience with 17 and half years of those in the Royal Navy. As Events Catering Manager, Chris is responsible for promoting the Massingberd-Mundy Lincoln Red Beef at events using The Squire, an industrial-sized hot beef smoker.

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

Graduate Trainee

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.

Daniel Hall

Graduate Trainee

Daniel graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2019 with a BA in History. He has joined the Estate as our third Graduate Trainee, hoping to gain an insight into different areas of estate life

Annabelle Jaspal

Graduate Trainee

Having recently completed a Business and Marketing degree at the University of Lincoln, Annabelle, or Annie as she prefers to be called, has joined the team as a Graduate Trainee shadowing other members of 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

Marketing Consultant and Estate Spokesperson

A member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Damien leads the estate’s marketing team and is Managing Director of Lincoln-based marketing and design agency, Purple Robot.

Caron Ementon

Heritage Interpreter and Administrator

Caron combines her passion for art and history with her professional skills and experience. Caron has previously worked for the National Trust and has worked voluntarily at historic buildings, galleries and museums.

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.

Ed Pepper

Ed Pepper


Edward has worked on conservation projects across the UK and will be assisting with the design and development of new architectural elements on the estate.

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.

Clive Shepherd

Dairy Herd Team Leader

Clive Shepherd grew up in the ancient farming village of Laxton in Nottinghamshire. This village still operates a historic open field system and operates its own legal court.

Clive will be milking our Lincoln Red cows and we are looking forward to producing our own cheeses.

Adrian Quinton

Cattle Team Leader

Adrian Quinton has worked with cattle all his life, as well as pigs, sheep, and chickens. Adrian was fortunate enough to work for the Queen on her estate for ten years, and he has fond memories of this period.

He is really looking forward to training up a team of display cattle for the South Ormsby Estate.