Our Trustees

Relate Dorset & South Wiltshire is governed by a board of trustees and a President who together ensure that we always act in the best interests of our community.

Our board is made up of trained counsellors, mediators, public and private sector businesses and other individuals with a wealth of experience to bring to our work.

Margaret Baker, Chair

Margaret has been a family lawyer for 25 years and is now a partner at Humphries Kirk.  She is happy to support Relate Dorset & South Wiltshire in the important job they do in dealing with family conflict issues.

She has lived in Dorset all her life (West and East) and her favourite pastime is walking on the Jurassic Coast especially Chesil Beach.


Ian Hawkins - Vice Chair

After a spell as an auditor in NHS finance, Ian spent 24 years as a provider of supported accommodation for adults with mental health issues.  He then worked in primary care at HMP and then IRC The Verne whilst studying for a psychology degree and training as a counsellor.  Ian is now a counsellor in private practice.  Working with vulnerable and marginalised groups has taught him the value of listening to the users voice.  Ian is proud to support the work and values of Relate Dorset and South Wiltshire.


Lynne Purchase

Lynne worked for Barclays International Division for twenty years before having to give up full time work due to deterioration in her health.

Lynne brings a younger, more techno friendly attitude to the board and a unique perspective due to her disability and own life experiences.


Diana Fairhurst

Diana trained as a librarian and worked for Dorset libraries for 16 years until having her first child. Diana then joined her husband in their electronics factory, in the office and on the shop floor.  A few years ago Diana also became a trustee of a charity for stray dogs.

Diana Fairhurst