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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 Chief Patron, HRH The Duke of Kent, 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. 

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, he 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.

He 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.

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.

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.

Trustee

Jane Bleach

One of the Board’s newest trustees, Jane Bleach, an experienced Chartered Accountant, 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.

She 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.

Jane 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.

Trustee

Hywel Mathias

One of two new trustees to join the Board in December 2021, Hywel Mathias, a senior hospitality and leisure operator, brings with him 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 Midways’ 100+ attractions globally.

Hywel also sits as board observer for Bug Bus Tours Ltd, and acts as the Commercial Director for the Cornish Sealife Sanctuary in Gweek.

Trustee

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.

Trustee

Professor Liz Bacon

Professor Liz Bacon BSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, CITP, FBCS, FIScT, PFHEA, MACM is Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Abertay University in Scotland. She is currently President of EQANIE (European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education).

She was President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in the year 2014-2015 and 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 over a hundred refereed publications and over 85 invited talks / keynotes. She is an experienced journal and conference reviewer, editorial board member, and PhD supervisor, and has been involved in several EU research projects, including being Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator for two EU FP7 projects. She is an experienced systems designer and developer and her research interests include computing policy, smart systems, security, semantic web, big data, artificial intelligence and technology enhanced learning (TEL). Within TEL, she has applied her research in software engineering, artificial intelligence and security to a range of application areas such as crisis management and eHealth, focusing on: smart games-based learning environments; metacognition and learning strategies; adaptable, adaptive and personalised systems; and the use of social media in online learning.

Liz has been involved in many professional activities during her career which include working with: e-skills UK, the Science Council, 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. She also researches, publishes, and is a regular international speaker, on the supply and demand of e-skills to the IT industry. Liz is passionate about the development of her discipline and 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.

Trustee

Dr. Tilly Blyth

Dr. 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. In her current role as Head of Collections and Principal Curator at the Science Museum, Tilly manages one of the leading teams of scientific, technological and medical curators in the world. Through inspiring leadership of the Curatorial, Research, Library and Archive teams at the Science Museum, she delivers on its 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 Raspbery Pi Foundation, is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and has sat on the Advisory Committee on Oral History of British Science at the British Library (2010-2012), and been a member of the Alan Turing Centenary Advisory Committee (2009-2012).

Trustee

Jon Card

Jon is the Executive Director of Collections and Governance at the Imperial War Museums. He is responsible for developing and implementing the resource strategy to ensure the financial sustainability of the organisation. This includes helping to drive forward income generation, operational effectiveness, compliance and good business practice. As part of his remit he is responsible for the management of the Museum’s collections as well as IT, HR, Procurement, Digital Engagement and Fundraising.

He has been at the IWM since 1998, initially as the Director of Finance and then as both FD and Museum Secretary prior to being the Director of Business and Governance. Before that he was at the Natural History Museum for 6 years, latterly as Head of Finance. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant who worked in practice for a small firm initially before a period with Deloitte after qualification. He then moved into commerce and worked for a UK and then a US oil company for a total of 7 years.

Jon is a trustee and treasurer of the Florence Nightingale Museum as well as Chair of Audit for the Collections Trust.

Trustee

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 an Honorary Fellow 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.

Trustee

Charles Macdonald

Charles McDonald 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.

Trustee

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.

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