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.

Douglas Kent

Doug’s background is in historic conservation and he works as Technical and Research Director of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

Joined the Board in 2015.

Fiona Baxter

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. 

Fiona is down-to-earth, believes in getting hands-on where demonstrable support for staff will be the driver for organisational success

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.

Tracey Reed OBE

After a career in tourism, Tracey spent 30 years working for English Heritage until taking early retirement after the development and delivery of the award winning Tintagel Castle Landscape and Bridge project. As the Historic Properties Director she was responsible for the operation and capital development of all 400 ancient monuments and tourist attractions including Stonehenge, Dover Castle and Osborne House. She is a trustee of Chiswick House and Gardens Trust.

Paul Barnard

Paul is the Chief Operating Officer for The Historic Dockyard Chatham, responsible for the delivery and management of a visitor attraction welcoming over 180,000 visitors each year, alongside responsibility for formal learning, collections and museum management.  Paul has worked in the charitable sector for over 20 years in a number of roles that also include Fundraising and Development, Corporate Social Responsibility and Communications.