Wycombe Heritage & Arts Trust

Wycombe Museum is governed by Wycombe Heritage & Arts Trust through its Board of Trustees who oversee our strategy, activity and performance, our finances and our polices.

WHAT formed in 2014 to enhance the cultural life and learning of the local community. WHAT serves the three historic market towns and surrounding areas of High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow.

Our Trustees come from a variety of backgrounds and offer support and advice to the Museum’s executive team across its range of activities.

Steve Mills, Chair of Trustees

Steve has been a Trustee since 2018 and took on the Chair role in May 2021.  He has lived in High Wycombe for over 15 years with his family and lives only a short walking distance from the museum.  As a relative newcomer to the town he is keen to ensure that the museum generates a sense of local pride within the community through its work to boost people’s understanding and appreciation of Wycombe’s rich heritage.  He particularly enjoys the outdoor space that the museum offers, providing a peaceful antidote to the rigours of daily life.

Steve also runs his own insight consultancy which specialises in working for clients within the culture, heritage and tourism sectors, helping them to deliver better visitor experiences and grow and diversify their audiences.

Jim Foy, Trustee

Jim has been a Trustee since November 2020 and has lived in High Wycombe for 12 years but having grown up locally in Buckinghamshire, has lived in and around the town for most of his life.  Jim is passionate about heritage and nature and the benefits they can bring to people’s lives and enjoys being outdoors and visiting cultural attractions in his spare time.

Jim has worked for the National Trust for 13 years, firstly as the General Manager for Hughenden Manor and latterly leading their work in London.  He is passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion and believes in the powerful role that heritage, culture and beauty can play in bringing people together.

With a broad operations background, Jim is experienced in managing a wide variety of areas involved in the operations of cultural and heritage visitor attractions, including HR, Events, Project management, Contract and lease negotiations and Finance.

Tony Green, Trustee

Tony has been a Trustee since the trust was formed in 2014, appointed by Wycombe District Council.  He has lived in High Wycombe for over 24 years with his family and the Museum is situated in the ward that he has represented on the Council since 1999. He believes that the museum is an important part of both Wycombe’s heritage and is an important amenity for local residents. He is keen to see the museum develop its role in conjunction with the new Buckinghamshire Council.

As well as being a local councillor, Tony is involved in many other local organisations. He is a director of the High Wycombe BID Company, involved in the High Wycombe Town Twinning Association, the Wycombe Arts Centre, the Royal British Legion and is a governor at a local upper school.

Interested in becoming a trustee?

We currently have several vacancies for new Trustees.  For role descriptions and to find out more, see the link below.

Jenny Baker OBE, Trustee

After a life-long career as a senior manager in the voluntary sector, Jenny retired  after six years as Chief Executive of Brain Tumour UK and thirty five years for the National Trust, ultimately as its national lead on volunteering, community involvement and diversity. In 2005, Jenny was awarded an OBE for her services to voluntary action in the heritage and environmental sectors, particularly at the National Trust.  Jenny has served as a national Committee member of Healthwatch England and is Chair of Healthwatch Bucks. She is also a Trustee of Community Impact Bucks, the infrastructure body supporting the voluntary and community sector in Buckinghamshire. Jenny’s past Board experiences include two national charities: The Churches Conservation Trust and Volunteering England.  These have all  brought insight into the services provided by charities and social enterprises, including museums and community groups, and the difference their efforts make to people’s lives and wellbeing.

Auriol Pettit, Trustee

Auriol has been a Trustee since 2015 joining the team just before the Castle Hill site re-opened to the public.   She is resident in Princes Risborough with her family and has a keen interest in public spaces in the Wycombe area that families can enjoy.

With a background in commercial catering and events – the expertise she brings to the Museum is in particular with the support facilities such as the Café and special events – which are a very important part of the Museum’s overall offering and its financial stability.

She is a strong supporter of the Museum’s whole offering and the setting that it offers for a wide range of activities; in particular those aimed at the younger generation and families.

 

Lyndsey Feeney, Trustee

Lyndsey became a Trustee in March 2022 after moving to Buckinghamshire and looking for opportunities to get more involved with local heritage attractions and communities. Lyndsey has worked in heritage for 13 years in a variety of roles managing the visitor experience, at the National Portrait Gallery and across the country with the National Trust. She brings expertise in visitor experience, operations, programming, projects and stakeholder engagement.  

Lyndsey is interested in the connections we can all find with nature, as well as the stories found within collections and how we interact with them, believing that nature, beauty and history can be beneficial to all. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her young family and finding ways for all ages and family groups to have quality experiences together.

Stephen Milner, Trustee

Stephen has been a trustee of the museum since January 2021. This is the first museum trustee role that he has had. He grew up in Amersham in the local area and spent much time in High Wycombe where his grandparents lived. He has an interest in the heritage of the local area and was keen to join the museum to help extend its reach to the local community.

Stephen is a qualified accountant and is currently a financial controller for a large estate agent group. He specialises in finance transformation projects and hopes he can help the museum better serve the community.

Sarah Major, Treasurer

Sarah joined the Wycombe Museum board of trustees in March 2022, having relatively recently moved to High Wycombe. Being a qualified accountant with a specialism in charities, Sarah has worked for charities throughout her career, and is currently Head of Finance for a mid-sized charity providing emergency medical services.

Sarah is keen to apply her technical charity accountancy experience to support the museum in the role of Treasurer, as the museum continues to enhance the cultural life and understanding of Wycombe’s heritage and history.

Roberto Mariano, Trustee

Roberto joined the Wycombe Museum board of trustees to share his technological knowledge and insights with Wycombe.

Since moving to the UK from Italy to work in high-tech industry, Roberto has become an active member of Wycombe’s local community. Among many other contributions to the local area, Roberto sits on the Wycombe Conservative Party Executive Council, and on the Trustee board of Wycombe Homeless Connection.

Stephen Milner, Trustee

Stephen has been a trustee of the museum since January 2021. This is the first museum trustee role that he has had. He grew up in Amersham in the local area and spent much time in High Wycombe where his grandparents lived. He has an interest in the heritage of the local area and was keen to join the museum to help extend its reach to the local community.

Stephen is a qualified accountant and is currently a financial controller for a large estate agent group. He specialises in finance transformation projects and hopes he can help the museum better serve the community.

Susan Leighs, Trustee

Susan has been a volunteer at Wycombe Museum since 2017, having discovered it by chance on a day out. She has supported various areas of the Museum’s work but most recently the Collections Team. She enjoys working in such a beautiful environment surrounded by fascinating objects.

She has known the Wycombe area since she was a child, visiting various relatives who lived there. Going to Wycombe shopping used to be a regular outing, so she has seen how the town has grown and developed over the past few decades. She would like to see the Museum form an integral part of the tons development.

Susan has been involved in Education all her working life; firstly, as a Senior Leader in Secondary Education then moving into Higher Education.  She believes that cultural education is a vital part of a young person’s educational experience.

Having been involved in scouting all her married life she is now Chair of a Scout Groups Executive Committee. 

 

Interested in becoming a trustee?

We currently have several vacancies for new Trustees.  For role descriptions and to find out more, see the link below.

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