Directors and Trustees
Sir Peter Michael CBE - Chairman
Sir Peter has had a distinguished career in high technology enterprises and many varied business activities. He has lived in the Newbury area since 1970 and until recently was Chairman of Classic FM the radio company that he founded in 1992. He also founded Micro Consultants Group, Quantel, UEI Plc and was Chairman of Cray Electronics, all world leaders in high technology industry. He has sat on numerous Government committees associated with high technology and research activities.
Mr Bailey has lived in the Newbury area since 1972 and for sixteen years commuted daily to London where he was a partner of stockbrokers Phillips and Drew, now part of the Union Bank of Switzerland Group. He resigned from UBS in 1988. Since then he has been involved in a number of activities, including venture capital, fund management and corporate advisory work. Mr Bailey is a non-executive Director of a number of public and private companies. "The acquisition of Greenham Common by this innovative combination of private and public expertise promises to provide substantial benefit to the community over the longer term."
Zoe lives in Englefield, West Berkshire, with her husband, three step sons and two sons. She is a governor of Englefield CE Primary School and a trustee of Englefield Charitable Trust and Ufton Court. She commutes to London to work for Robinson Pelham Jewellers.
Charles has lived near Newbury since 1985. He is chairman of McMullen & Sons Ltd (an independent family brewer) and a director of several other businesses including the Newbury Weekly News. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Brimpton where they take an active part in village life: he is chairman of the Parish Council and she is chairman of Brimpton Primary School. He was High Sheriff of Berkshire in 2012/13 and is now a Deputy Lieutenant for the county.
Paul was born in Weston-Super-Mare in 1938, and spent 6 years at Southampton University studying mathematics. He has recently retired from a career at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, dealing with computers, computer networks and telephone exchanges. Paul is a past member of Shaw-cum-Donnington parish council and is currently West Berkshire Councillor for the Speen ward, his principle interests being planning and the environment. He is Chairman of the Royal Berkshire Fire and rescue Authority. He is an executive member of the Newbury Society and his other interests are genealogy, gliding and gardening.
Julian was a partner in Cazenove & Co for many years. He chairs Herald Investment Trust plc and is a director of Charles Taylor Consulting plc and Deltex Medical Group plc and sits on the boards of several charities. He has lived near Hungerford for 20 years.
Victoria Fishburn is a Trustee of the Museum of English Rural Life at Reading University and Patron of John Simonds Trust which provides rural education. Formerly chair of governors at Englefield Primary School and a governor at Elstree Prep School, she will be High Sheriff for Berkshire in 2016/17. She has lived in Englefield since 1972.
Biddy Hayward was a founder director of The Really Useful Group and has produced award-winning theatre productions both in London and on Broadway. More recently she set up Arenapal, a specialist multi-media licensing agency that represents many of the UK’s foremost performing arts photographers and leading institutions including the Royal Opera House and the University of Bristol.She is also on the board of the Theatrical Guild. Biddy was born in Baughurst and has lived in Ecchinswell since 1976.
Graham Mather is president of the European Policy Forum and previously represented Newbury in the European Parliament from 1994-99. He is a lawyer, has experience in local, national and international economic policy, advises an international investment bank and is a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He lives at Donnington and is involved with a number of local business interests.
Mr Morris qualified as a Certified Accountant in 1965 and was a partner in a local firm of accountants until 1982, since when he has been working in the Newbury area as a financial consultant. He holds a number of non-executive directorships on local and national companies including Classic FM Plc, Donnington Valley Group Plc, Highcross Group Ltd, and was for many years a director of Newbury Weekly News Ltd. Mr Morris lives in Donnington and his interests include music, publishing, property and golf.