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The Bletchley Park Trust

Who we are and what we do

Our Mission

To attract, engage and educate people from all over the world in order to inspire them with Bletchley Park’s crucial role in World War Two.

Our Vision

Bletchley Park will be recognised and acknowledged worldwide for the achievements that took place here in World War Two, and how and why these remain relevant today.

Our History

Bletchley Park, once the top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers, is now a museum and vibrant heritage attraction open daily, managed by the Bletchley Park Trust.

After the war, Bletchley Park became home to a variety of training schools: for teachers, Post Office workers, air traffic control system engineers, and members of GCHQ. In 1987, after a fifty-year association with British Intelligence, Bletchley Park was finally closed.

There were moves to demolish the whole site in favour of housing development and a supermarket. In 1991 the Bletchley Archaeological and Historical Society formed a small committee with the aim of saving Bletchley Park in tribute to the remarkable people whose collective intellects changed the course of WW2, and so that the story could be kept alive for the education and enjoyment of future generations.

In 1992, the committee persuaded Milton Keynes Council to declare most of Bletchley Park a conservation area. The Bletchley Park Trust was formed and in 1994 its Patron, HRH The Duke of Kent KG, opened the site to the public, as a museum. In June 1999 the Trust was awarded a 250-year leasehold of the core historic areas of the Park, and this was followed in 2009 by a successful bid for support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Bletchley Park is now a self-funding historic visitor attraction with over 250,000 visitors per year, and additional buildings continue to be restored and opened to the public.

(Bletchley Park is a registered charity, registered charity number 1012743.)

Now meet our Executive team and the Bletchley Park Trustees: 

Find out more about the Bletchley Park Trust, meet the Executive team and the Bletchley Park Trustees. 

The Executive Team

of Bletchley Park Trust

Chief Executive Officer

Iain Standen

Iain Standen started work as the CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust in January 2012, after 28 years as a commissioned officer in the British Army.

After completing training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Iain was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals and served in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Cyprus, as well as on operational deployments in Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Iraq. He commanded at every rank from Lieutenant to Colonel, working in both the communications and intelligence fields. He attended the British Army Staff College and served as a staff officer at the Ministry of Defence, and a range of other headquarters, where he specialised in strategic policy and plans.

He was educated at Christ’s Hospital School and completed a BA in Geography at King’s College London. He also holds an MA in Military Studies from Cranfield University and an MA in Military History from the University of Buckingham.

Iain has a lifelong interest in history and heritage and has been an active battlefield guide for some 25 years. He has led tours of battlefields in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and the United States, covering battles and campaigns from the Seven Years War to the Second World War. Whilst maintaining a broad interest the American Civil War remains his favourite era.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), and is a Director of Destination Milton Keynes.

Director of Public Engagement

Rebecca Foy

Rebecca Foy leads the teams that deliver all aspects of Bletchley Park’s engagement with the public. This covers media, marketing and communications, day-to-day visitor operations, learning and family programmes, through to research and oral history, the delivery of new exhibitions and caring for our Collection.

Her teams are committed to providing excellent service to all visitors, and ensuring Bletchley Park is a high quality visitor attraction.

Prior to joining the Trust in January 2015, Rebecca worked for nearly ten years for the National Trust, at Tyntesfield and Cliveden, in visitor experience and operations roles, and is very familiar with dealing with high numbers of visitors. Dedicated to inspiring and leading others in delivering great customer service, Rebecca was involved in the concept and delivery of the National Trust’s Service Leadership programme and worked with other visitor experience colleagues on national initiatives.

Before working in the heritage industry, Rebecca was a retail manager for several years after completing a Medieval and Modern History degree at the University of Birmingham.

Rebecca now sits on the Board of Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery in Carlisle, and is the Chair of the Trading Company.

Director of Support Services

Jennifer Milton

Jennifer Milton joined Bletchley Park Trust in May 2003 and is responsible for providing the services to support to all aspects of the Trust’s business. Jennifer’s teams deliver the financial management of the Trust, human resources support (both paid staff and volunteers), the upkeep and maintenance of the site, its buildings and infrastructure, and the management of the IT framework. In support of this, the teams are also responsible for governance matters including Company Secretarial and Trustee regulation and legislative compliance.

Starting her career with MacIntyre Hudson, Chartered Accountants, Jennifer qualified as a Certified Chartered Accountant in 1993. Whilst there she had responsibility for a number of charity clients along with the more typical commercial entities. In 2000 she moved to Healthcall Services Limited, a company providing managed services to the UK health market, as Group Accountant.

Director of Development

Sarah Harwood

Sarah Harwood joined Bletchley Park as Director of Development in January 2022. Her previous roles include Director of Development at the Almeida Theatre and Head of Fundraising at the children’s charity, Ark. Sarah was formerly Head of Major Donors & Appeals at the National Portrait Gallery, playing a key part in the gallery’s successful ‘Save Van Dyck’ appeal.

Sarah is a trustee of the Arvon Foundation, a leading creative writing charity. She studied at the University of East Anglia. She was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2013 in recognition of her work to raise funds for young musicians.

The Trustees

of Bletchley Park Trust

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Sir David Brown

Sir David Brown is a prominent figure in the telecommunications and electronics industry, with a career that has included senior roles at Plessey, STC, ICL, Northern Telecom and Motorola. As well as holding the Chairmanship of Motorola, the British Standards Institution and several industry groups, he has also chaired a number of high-level government advisory bodies. A Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Sir David was President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, the Federation of the Electronics Industry, and founding President of the Chartered Quality Institute.

His interests include the promotion of links between engineering and education, speaking extensively on the subject nationwide. He has Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Bath, Kingston, Portsmouth and Surrey, is a Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford University, and was awarded the Mountbatten Medal for his leadership contributions to electronics. He was Knighted in 2001 for services to British Industry.


Professor Liz Bacon

Professor Liz Bacon PhD, CEng, CSci, CITP, FBCS, FIScT, PFHEA, NTF, MACM is Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Abertay University in Scotland. She is a past President of both BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and EQANIE (European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education). She is a past Chair of the BCS Academy of Computing, and the CPHC (Council of Professors and Heads of Computing) national committee. Liz is a Professor of Computer Science with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. She has over a hundred refereed publications and has been an been an invited speaker over hundred times. Her research interests are in technology-enhanced, and immersive, learning, which involves bringing together expertise from a range of technologies in disciplines such as software engineering, artificial intelligence, security and computer games, to develop novel applications in areas such as crisis management and eHealth.

Liz has been involved in many professional activities during her career which include working with: the European Commission, Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM), the National HE STEM programme, EKKA (Estonian Quality Assurance Agency), SKVC (the Lithuania Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education), ASIIN (German Quality Assurance Agency), AKKORK (Russian accreditation agency) and the University of Cambridge as an ICT Thought Leader for their International Examinations. Liz is passionate about digital education and the impact of AI on society. She is keen to inspire more people to choose computing as a career, particularly women. During her BCS Presidential year she set up a senior women’s network in STEM, called STELLAR which works to encourage more women to enter STEM professions.


Zahra Bardai

Zahra Bardai is an experienced, qualified lawyer, with expertise in real estate. In her current role as Real Estate Partner and Department Chief Operating Officer for International Real Estate, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP she oversees diverse business services operations with dedicated real estate functions including HR, Business development and CRM, Knowledge Management and F&A.

Zahra is also working in partnership with Said Business School, University of Oxford, on an innovative project, The Future of RealEstate which over five years will be looking at innovation in the real estate industry. The most recent piece of research she has worked on with the school is a paper looking at Tokenisation of Real Estate.


Jane Bleach

Jane Bleach is a Chartered Accountant who brings to Bletchley Park more than 30 years’ experience advising charities, pension schemes and corporate clients. She was a partner at Baker Tilly (now RSM) for 20 years where she held various roles including Head of Audit and Regional Managing Partner for the Midlands and Central regions. She sat on the firm’s National Management Team and main board where she had responsibility for quality, diversity and partner development. She also chaired the Baker Tilly Group Ethics Panel.

Jane is now a consultant advising a range of businesses and social enterprises on strategy, change management and governance. She led the strategic review for R3 (The Association of Business Recovery Professionals) and was the interim COO at Dartington Hall Trust, a multi-faceted charitable trust based on a 1,200 acre site in Devon operating in education, the arts, ecology and social justice.

She is an independent non-executive director and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for Sandwell Children’s Trust, which provides support and social care services for children, young people and families in Sandwell. She also sits on the Advisory Board of Altruist Enterprises, a social enterprise providing training to help organisations tackle stress within workplaces and raise awareness of mental health issues.


Professor Tilly Blyth

Professor Tilly Blyth is an experienced senior museum professional and holds a Doctorate from the Centre for Research into Information and Communications Technology (CRICT), Brunel University.

She is currently Head of the School of Museum Studies at Leicester University, providing academic and strategic leadership to the oldest and largest academic unit of its kind in the world, with a global reputation for leading-edge thinking and experimental practice in museum studies.

Previously Tilly worked at the Science Museum for over twenty years, most recently as Head of Collections and Principal Curator. There she led the Curatorial, Research, Library and Archive teams to deliver on the museum’s mission to inspire, engage and motivate the widest audience in the past and future of the modern world.

Tilly also serves as a Trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).


Danny Chamings

With an extensive background as a seasoned technology consultant and Chartered Accountant, Danny Chamings has over two decades of experience providing strategic advice to clients spanning diverse industries, countries, and disciplines.

Currently serving as a Technology Risk Director at PwC, Danny guides Financial Services organisations through the intricate landscape of technology and regulatory challenges. His previous leadership roles have included responsibility for people management, financial oversight, and risk management.

Danny has contributed his expertise to a prominent microfinance charity in Malawi, where he played a pivotal role in establishing and enhancing their operational risk function. He is committed to encouraging students to follow STEM career paths, actively collaborating with schools to bring those opportunities to life.


Dr Claire Feehily

Claire is a qualified accountant and an experienced Non-Executive Director and Trustee in various organisations, including ministerial and Prime Ministerial appointments. She has worked across government, NHS, social care, justice and heritage sectors. She has particular experience in financial and risk governance.

She was Trustee and Audit Chair at The National Archives (2016-2021) and Trustee and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund (2018-2023) where she gained particular insight into the diverse range of heritage activity across the UK and the scale of its contribution to people’s wellbeing.

Claire originally studied modern history at Kings College London in the 1980s, with a focus on military history. She returned to academic life, teaching and researching at Birkbeck College, London, from 2001, and completed her PhD there in 2008.


Sir Jeremy Fleming KCMG CB

Sir Jeremy Fleming KCMG CB served as the 16th Director of GCHQ until 2023.  GCHQ has a uniquely broad mission covering global intelligence, cyber security and cyber operations.  Prior to this appointment, Jeremy spent 25 years in MI5, finishing as Deputy Director General with responsibility for investigations and operations. He is an influential public voice on national security, cyber and technology and now advises global businesses on these themes.


Robert Hannigan CMG

Robert Hannigan was Director of GCHQ from 2014-17. He was a member of the National Security Council.

Robert established the National Cyber Security Centre as part of GCHQ in 2016, having been responsible for the UK’s first cyber strategy in 2009. Robert spent much of his government career in national security. He was the Prime Minister’s Security Adviser at No10 from 2007-10, with a particular focus on Islamist terrorism, and was responsible in the Cabinet Office for the Single Intelligence Account (covering MI5, GCHQ and SIS). He chaired ‘COBR’ through numerous crises and was a longstanding member of the Joint Intelligence Committee, which he chaired in 2011-12. He came to London from Belfast, where he was Tony Blair’s senior official on the Northern Ireland peace process, responsible for negotiations with political parties, paramilitaries and with the Irish and US Governments.

He is a leading authority on cyber security, cyber conflict and the application of technology in national security. He writes regularly on cyber issues in the Financial Times and elsewhere, and advises a number of international companies on cyber security. He is a member of the UK Government’s Defence Innovation Advisory Panel.

Robert is the Warden of Wadham College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Senior Associate Fellow of RUSI, and one of the few non-US citizens to be awarded the US Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal.


Charles Macdonald

Charles Macdonald is a chartered surveyor who has been involved with commercial property throughout his working life.   His early career started in the North West working for leading commercial surveying practices Richard Ellis and Hillier Parker before relocating to Milton Keynes in 1995. Charles has lived and worked in Milton Keynes since gaining valuable experience of the locale while working for the Commission for New Towns and its successor bodies fulfilling both domestic and international roles. In 2001 Charles returned to private practice to pursue commercial property agency, development and investment work becoming a Group Partner of respected property consultant Bidwells.

In 2013 Charles was tasked with the negotiation and acquisition of the Homes and Communities Agencies land assets in Milton Keynes and acquired c 265 acres of development land on behalf of Milton Keynes Council.   The opportunity to help shape Milton Keynes’ future was too tantalizing and in 2014 he applied and was appointed Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Development Partnership, an independent publicly owned property company responsible for the promotion and development of land assets in Milton Keynes.

Charles is a keen advocate for Milton Keynes and brings a wealth of public and private sector property expertise to the Board of Trustees.


Professor Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin is Professor of Systems Security and Director of the Oxford Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security. He was instrumental in setting up the University’s Cyber Security Network and helps to lead it, heading Oxford’s EPSRC/GCHQ-recognised Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. His recent research focus has been on the technologies of Trusted Computing, exploring how they can be applied in large-scale distributed systems, particularly cloud computing, mobile devices, and the internet of things. He has published extensively in this area, hosting several related international events in Oxford and speaking on the subject all over the world.


Hywel Mathias

Hywel Mathias, a senior hospitality and leisure operator, brings to the Bletchley Park Trust board a wealth of experience in Food, Retail and Location Based entertainment businesses. Hywel has been in various leadership roles for Merlin Entertainments at major attractions across the UK, Asia and Australia.

In his current role as Strategy Director for Merlin Entertainments Midway attractions he leads a diverse range of teams that set and execute the strategies for Revenue Growth, Ecommerce, Insight, Investment and Retail functions, for Midway’s 100+ attractions globally.

Hywel also sits as board observer for Big Bus Tours Ltd and is a Director of the trading subsidiary of the SEA LIFE Trust Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek.



Bletchley Park Trust’s Annual Report for 2023 is available to view using the button below, along with links to the accounts for 2020, 2021 and 2022

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