The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust has announced the group of Trustees who in the very near future will be submitting a bid to take over the management of Lydiard House and Park.
They are drawn from businesses in the town, residents’ groups and heritage interests.
Chairman Mike Bowden said: “We are very fortunate indeed to have a group of trustees with a broad range of experience as well as the commitment and tenacity to see this bid through to a successful conclusion. Swindon Borough Council have made it clear that due to financial constraints they are no longer able or willing to manage and run the House and Park so as responsible local people we have stepped forward to take on that role on behalf of the people of Swindon.
“We are currently in discussions with a number of people including Lydiard staff and members of a range of local organisations, particularly schools, charities, community groups and businesses with a view to appointing additional trustees over the summer.”
The inaugural trustees are :
Mike Bowden (Chair) – Former FTSE 100 Managing Director and Company Secretary and currently Chief Executive Officer of Swindon Speedway
Per-Axel Warensjo (Vice-Chair) – Former Finance and HR Director within the technology sector and currently a local Parish Counckl chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Swindon Speedway
Kevin Fisher – Swindon resident for 54 years, with a background in electronics engineering, and a former employee of a multinational technology company where he held various European level management roles. Currently chair of the Shaw Residents’ Association
Sarah Finch Crisp – Former Director of Chiswick House and Gardens Trust, and previously Head of Heritage at Swindon Borough Council who led The Lydiard Park Restoration Project in the early 2000s
Richard Howroyd – Chartered Accountant and procurement professional with significant public/private sector experience. He has lived in Swindon for over 15 years. He is currently Head of Strategic Procurement & Commissioning for a local authority which is world renowned for its heritage expertise.
Gary Bond – Managing Director of McArthurGlen responsible for the development of retail space across Europe and Canada. Before that he was responsible for the Swindon Railway works redevelopment (one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK).This role and his work at McArthurGlen has involved extensive work with listed buildings.
Daniel Rose – Leads market research for the National Trust and is actively involved in Swindon’s voluntary and community sector where he has been the vice chair of Voluntary Action Swindon, chair of Swindon Youth Partnership and has led many local heritage and culture related projects. Currently he is chair of The Mechanics’ Institution Trust and sits on the Swindon Heritage board.
If any supporters of Lydiard House and Park would like to express an interest in becoming a trustee, contact Mike Bowden