The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust, company registration number 10192530, has seven Trustees and Directors
Mike Bowden (Chair) – As a lawyer and former FTSE 100 Managing Director, Mike recently retired as chair of the Friends of Lydiard Park, a position he had held since 2011, but remains a trustee. He is also a trustee of Phoenix Enterprises in Swindon and his previous positions include; Chair of Swindon’s Economic Development & Enterprise Partnership, Board Member of Swindon Regeneration Advisory Group & Swindon Cultural Partnership & Chairman of the Science Museum Campaign Team.
Per-Axel Warensjo (Vice-Chair) – With a university degree in Economics & Business Administration from Uppsala, Sweden Per-Axel moved to Swindon in 1992. He has worked as the Finance and HR Director within the Technology sector where he worked for nearly 30 years. During the last 4 years he has supported local businesses with financial advice. Currently he is a local Parish chairman, CFO of Swindon Speedway and has recently been appointed as a Magistrate.
Kevin Fisher – As a former senior executive of a multinational technology company where he worked for 30 years, Kevin has an electronics engineering and ICT background and has lived in Swindon since 1962. As the chair of West Swindon’s Shaw Residents’ Association and the Lydiard Heritage Action Group, he has strong community ties right across Swindon.
Sarah Finch-Crisp – Former Director of Chiswick House & Gardens Trust and prior to that Head of Heritage at Swindon Borough Council, Sarah has a background in museum curatorship and heritage development. She was responsible for Lydiard House for over 20 years and led the park restoration project 2004-7, attracting major funding, business partnership investment and widespread community participation.
Richard Howroyd – A Chartered Accountant by profession, Richard is the Head of Strategic Procurement & Commissioning for Bath & North East Somerset Council. Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage site (the only City in the UK to have the status) and Richard’s role includes supporting the City’s key tourist attractions (the Roman Baths, the Fashion Museum and Royal Victoria Park to name a few) as well other Council services.
Gary Bond – Managing Director of McArthurGlen, Gary was responsible for the development of retail space across Europe and Canada. Before that he was responsible for the Swindon Railway works redevelopment and creation of Swindon’s designer outlet centre, one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK. This role, together with his work at McArthurGlen, has involved extensive work with listed buildings.
Daniel Rose – An active and well known member of Swindon’s voluntary and community sector for many years. In his professional life until 2016 he worked for The National Trust in several national roles focusing on community engagement, volunteering, fundraising and consumer research. Daniel is currently the Director of the Mechanics’ Institution Trust and also acts as a consultant to The Architectural Heritage Fund with a particular focus on supporting the rescue and re-use of historic properties in London.