The Lydiard Park Heritage Trust, company registration number 10192530, has six 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. He has recently been appointed as a Magistrate.
Kevin Fisher – A former senior executive of a multinational technology company where he worked for 30 years. Kevin held posts that included managing the companies European manufacturing quality support team, product design teams, European customer support operations and global product standards and regulatory initiatives. He 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 (which took a leading role in fending off the Taylor Wimpey application to build within the Essential Setting of Lydiard Park), 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.
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.