Patrons

Sir Peter MichaelSir 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.

Sir Peter's Newbury business interests include his family hotels, Donnington Valley Hotel Golf Course and The Vineyard at Stockcross, the Eddington Estate and the Highcross Group. He is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths and is passionately involved in the Arts, with a particular interest in Sculpture, having been Chairman of the Royal Society of British Sculptors appeal in 1992 and Chairman of The Sculpture Company. Married with two sons, his other interests include tennis, opera and classical music.

Sir Peter said: "We took those first teetering steps towards bringing the ownership of Greenham Common into the community at the end of the last century. Since then the undoubted success and hard work of all concerned has enabled the original vision to be realised and the expectations surpassed.

"Greenham Trust was formed during one of the UK's periodic economic downturns and provided sanctuary for many of the local small businesses beset by financial troubles.  Now once again, we are faced with the worst conditions in our life times and I feel sure that the Trust will once more allow local enterprise to survive and eventually emerge fit and healthy.

"There are some great business success stories over the past decade and Greenham Trust has played its part whilst at the same time delivering many millions of pounds into the worthy causes of West Berkshire and north Hampshire.

"Everybody involved can be proud of the institution, its staff, the business community it fosters and all those who give so freely of their time and skill to whom huge thanks are due.”

 

Mrs Mark EdwardsSandra Edwards

Sandra Edwards has lived and farmed in the Newbury area for the last forty years. She is on the Board of Directors of the Newbury Spring Festival and is a Trustee of the Friends of Newbury Spring Festival, Chairman of the Berkshire Red Cross Special Appeals committee and was previously Chairman of the board of governors at Enborne Church of England Primary School. Her hobbies include tennis, golf and bridge.

"I believe that Greenham Trust is a wonderful opportunity to ensure the Greenham Airbase is returned to the people of Newbury and am delighted that funds raised are being distributed back to Newbury and Newbury people through the Trust. The success of the Trust is reflected by so many charities being supported and so many people offered employment on the site."

 

Earl of CarnarvonThe Earl of Carnarvon

The Earl of Carnarvon has lived at Highclere all his life and has been involved in its change from the private house of his grandfather's time to its public role today. The house has many visitors and holds corporate events, many being associated with charities.

"I was Chairman of the Greenham Common Community Relations Committee durings its last two years of use as a military base, and am very pleased to see it now being returned to constructive use for the community after all this time. It is good to see this facility being used totally in a peacetime role."

 

 

Lord IliffeLord Iliffe

Lord Iliffe is Chairman of Yattendon Investment Trust Plc, which publishes a number of regional newspapers and owns the Yattendon Estate. Lord Iliffe has been the Chairman of the Council of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, and President of Newbury Show. In addition he is currently Warden of Bradfield College. He has lived in the Newbury area all his life and he and his wife have four grown up children.

"I am delighted to be associated with Greenham Trust and the many benefits it has already brought, and will continue to bring, to the area."

 

 

Robert Woods, CBERobert Woods, CBE

Robert Barclay Woods, CBE is the Chairman of P&O Ferries and DP World Southampton, and was formerly the Chief Executive of The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&OSNCo).

Robert Woods was born in 1946 and educated at Cambridge University, graduating in Economics and History in 1968.

In 1971 he joined P&O General Cargo Division.  He was then seconded to J Swire & Sons, Tokyo.

In 1980 he transferred to Overseas Containers Limited (later P&O Containers Limited), heading the Company’s Gulf headquarters in Dubai.  Returning to the United Kingdom in 1984 he was appointed General Manager of the Far East Trade.

In 1989 he was appointed Joint Managing Director of OCL.  A year later he became sole Managing Director of P&O Containers Limited as well as being made Chairman of Tilbury Container Services (TCS) and Southampton Container Terminal (SCT).

In January 1996, he was appointed to the Board of The P&O Steam Navigation Company and in September that year he was appointed Managing Director of P&O Nedlloyd Limited on the merger of P&O Containers Limited and Nedlloyd Lines BV.

In May 2002 he was appointed Non-Executive Director of John Swire and Sons Limited.

In October 2002 he was appointed President of the Chamber of Shipping.

In 2003 he was awarded the CBE.

In January 2004 he was appointed Chief Executive of The P&O Steam Navigation Company.

Following the takeover of P&O by DP World in 2006, he retired from his executive role.  He remains Chairman of P&O Ferries and DP World Southampton and sits on the board for DP World Limited.

In October 2006, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mission to Seafarers.

In January 2007 he was appointed Chairman of Maritime London.

In 2007 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University.

In October 2012 he was appointed President of the Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers.

He is Chairman for the Marine Society & Sea Cadets Royalist Champaign and an Honorary Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve.

Robert is married with four children.  His interests are cycling, driving vintage cars and flying vintage aircraft and field sports.

“I am involved in a number of national charities, especially the Sea Cadets and I am now keen to try to help locally.  Greenham Trust is a great vehicle for this and I am proud to be involved with the Trust”

 

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