Dr Geoffrey Hooper

Scientist by background. He worked for the Ministry of Defence for forty-five years, during this time he held the post of Superintendent of the Royal Gunpowder Mills and oversaw its closure in 1991. Career anchor was explosives, safety and environmental protection. In later years Geoffrey taught these subjects to military and civilian staff in the Defence sector.

Joined the Board in 2018.

Fiona Baxter (Chair of Trustees)

Fiona has had a career as a senior HR practitioner, working for several large firms throughout her career. Her most prominent roles have concerned change management and culture shift to ensure successful delivery of strategy. 

Joined the Board in 2018.

Jill Amador

Called to the Bar, and with many years of City litigation experience behind her, Jill combines her love of architecture and history with a practical interest in the running and development of the site.

Joined the Board in 2018.

Grahame Browne 

Engineering and business background within the Petroleum Refinery Industry worldwide with a short period in his early career as an Officer flying in the RAF.

One of the early members of the site's 2’ 6” gauge railway volunteer team which now carries passengers.

Previous Trustee who re-joined the Board in 2020.

Len Stuart

Len originally worked at the Mills on leaving school in 1959 when it was a Ministry of Supply research establishment.

Following further education at the Northern Polytechnic he worked at the National Physical Laboratory in the field of high temperature metallurgy and later in radioisotope standards for medical and industrial use.

Following early retirement he was for some years a volunteer at Bletchley Park from 1994, moving on to the Gunpowder Mills in 2006. Currently he is a steward in the Rocket Vault and chair of the Mills Friends Association.

John Brown

John is an Executive Director of the IWM but started life in the Army straight after leaving school. Over 30 years later he decided to settle down to civilian life and was the Deputy Governor of the Tower of London in charge of operations and security for one of the UK’s busiest tourist attractions.

Following leading the Poppies commemorative in 2014 he joined the board of the IWMs responsible for operations and commercial activity. With a passion for heritage his key responsibility is the visitor experience and revenue generation.

James Richardson

James is a Chartered Accountant, having trained with PwC before specialising in Mergers & Acquisitions. He has 25yrs experience working across a variety of international consumer focussed financial services, payments, property, gaming and technology businesses and is currently Finance Director at Manchester Airports Group, owners of Stansted, East Midlands and Manchester airports. 

Andy Mciver

Andy trained as a Chartered Accountant and Investment Banker before undertaking senior finance roles in large international retail and leisure companies. For the last twenty years he has operated in the online gaming industry, being Chief Executive of two UK listed companies and is currently Chairman of a private equity owned Italian operator.