The new Board of Trustees of Whitchurch Silk Mill Trust will meet formally for the first time on Monday 4th September.

Five weeks after most of the previous Trustees resigned, a Board of mainly Whitchurch residents has been assembled to lead the Mill forwards to a successful future.



These will be the new Trustees:

Bill Blythe BA (Hons) CIPFA is Finance Director of Newbury College, a charity whose facilities are provided under a Private Finance Initiative. Previously he held a number of jobs in education finance.

Geoff Hide BSc MSc PhD DSc is an authority on the history and heritage of Whitchurch Silk Mill whose family owned and ran the Mill for seventy years.

George Oakham BSc (Hons) FRSA gained broad multidisciplinary experience in Courtaulds and Mars before establishing the Centre for Effective Business Development through which he now works with many blue chip clients globally.

Tom Thacker BA (Hons) represents Whitchurch and Clere on Hampshire County Council.

Phil Turner Dipl. Arch. (Oxon), Dip TP (Edin), RIBA (Retd), MRTPI (Retd) is Treasurer of Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, owners of the freehold of Whitchurch Silk Mill.

Sue Washington BSc MA is expert in the keeping and display of textiles and in museum education and interpretation.

Keith Watts DMS CEng FBCS CITP represents Whitchurch on Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

NOTE:  The Trustees are all volunteers, none of them are paid.

Acting Chairman of the Trustees, Keith Watts, says:

“The new Board and the employees at the Mill will not be able to please everybody but frank and open exchanges of views will help us to benefit from the collective wisdom in the community.  Some of our aims will take time to achieve, some won’t be achievable.  I want the Mill to be an open, inclusive, organisation in which customers, staff, volunteers and Trustees share a positive commitment to preserving our heritage and presenting it to visitors in engaging ways.

“We are looking for someone with broad marketing experience to join the Board”

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