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Michael Mounde, chairman of the Cranborne Chase AONB since 2014, died on Thursday 2 March at Odstock Hospital, Salisbury, after an illness.
Michael’s tenure with the AONB began in 2003, during which time he drove forward rural economy and access issues. He represented West Wiltshire District Council on the Partnership Panel until the formation of the Unitary Authority in 2009; he became vice-chairman of the AONB Partnership in 2010 and then chairman in 2014. In addition, from 2012, he was an active member of the National Association for AONB board, helping the association achieve charitable status and focussing on policy and advocacy issues.
“Michael will be much missed by us all at Cranborne Chase,” said Linda Nunn, AONB director. “Michael was a central, driving force in all that we do. We will all miss his enthusiasm, his wise leadership and depth of experience as our chairman, while the AONB team especially will miss his humour, energy and great kindness. We send our sincere condolences to his wife, Clare, and the rest of his family."
His funeral will take place on 16 March at 2pm at Kingston Deverill Church.