My name is Lee Baker and I have worked for Lloyds Banking Group for over 30 years. I’m married with 3 Grown up Children and 3 Grandchildren. I am a longtime West Country resident having lived all of my life in Devon and Somerset, a large part of which was Wheddon Cross on Exmoor , which I call my home having spent many happy Childhood years in the wonderful Village. I still keep my connections with the Village , still playing Cricket for the local Village Team , as well as Treasurer ofr many years of Cutcombe Cricket Club and also for the local Skittles Team that as teenagers we set up in 1985!
Exmoor is such as special place to me, with my Paternal and Maternal Grandparents originating from Exmoor , having been born and Bred in Winsford , Withypool and Wheddon Cross and my Great Grandfather being responsible for building the Shelter that protects Caractacus Stone at Spire Cross on Winsford Hill and also ‘ Miss Alice’s Fountain ‘ a small waterfall that he carved out of the Rocks on the Right hand side as you travel down Cutcombe Hill on the A396 from Wheddon Cross to Timberscombe. He dug this out for 10 Shillings for Miss Alice King a blind lady who lived in Ralegh Manor at Wheddon Cross and asked him to do it after she was so fed up of seeing tired Horses towing Carts up the long and tortuous Cutcombe Hill without anywhere to quench their thirst. They were no doubt very grateful for her generosity! A story I love to tell! Now it's my turn to give something back to the national park that has given me so much and holds so much of my life for me. I'm honoured to have been selected by Somerset Council to represent them for this role and although still working full time at present in a busy National Agricultural Role within Lloyds Bank , look forward to bringing my passion, skills and experience to the board to help ensure that Exmoor is delivering for people and nature - and is, in turn, loved and cherished by the nation.