The Poltimore House Trust

The POLTIMORE HOUSE TRUST was established in 2000 to preserve this historic building and its estate. The Trust is registered with the Charity Commission (Charity Commission no 1079947), is a Building Preservation Trust and member of the Association of Preservation Trusts, and a limited company (Companies House no 03914029). It is VAT registered (VAT 100937837) and registered with HMRC for collection of Gift Aid.  The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who collectively possess a broad range of professional expertise, skills and experience. 

The Trust meets approximately every eight weeks at Poltimore House, and a member of the Poltimore Parish Council attends as an observer.

Ashley Fawcett

Trustee from 2013

Appointed Chair, October 2013

Publicity and Press Relations consultant. Director of Agribusiness Communications Ltd.

Jocelyn Hemming

Trustee from 2000

MA (Oxon)

With a long personal association with Poltimore House, Jocelyn is the historian of Poltimore House, with a number of studies and an important book, A Devon House: the story of Poltimore House, 2005. She is preparing a new study The House that Richard Built to be published in autumn 2013.

Dr Neil Rushton

Trustee from 2012

BA(Hons), MA, PhD, MlfA, FSA, FRHistS

Historian and Archaeologist, Conservation Manager, Churches Conservation Trust. Experience of managing archaeology and conservation projects, experienced report author and making grant applications for archaeology and conservation projects.

Professor Peter Totterdill

Trustee from 2008

BSc, Diploma in Town Planning. PhD

Chief Executive of the UK Work Organisation Network; Visiting Professor at Kingston University, London. International experience of projects on workplace innovation and employee engagement; consultancy, project planning and authorship of grant applications and reports

Keith Weedon

Trustee from 2008

Former engineer and project manager for BT. Founder member and former Secretary of the Friends of Poltimore House. Experienced engineer, with extensive management experience. Extensive practical experience of maintenance projects at Poltimore House, house and grounds.

Poltimore House Trust has the support of five Patrons, who champion the significance of the House in different ways.


Dr Peter Addyman CBE  –
Dame Joan Bakewell – who championed Poltimore House for BBC2’s Restoration progamme in 2003.
George Ferguson CBE, PPRIBA, RWA – Mayor of Bristol
Mark Poltimore (Seventh Baron Poltimore), a senior member of Sotheby’s Europe.
Len Scott – a long-serving Trustee, and Treasurer to the Trust. 

The Poltimore House Trust       
Registered address: Poltimore House, Poltimore, Exeter, Devon EX4 0AU
Contact: email Trust Chair:

Poltimore House Trust: Charity Commission no.: 1079947
Companies House no.: 03914029
VAT registration no.: 100937837