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Gunnersbury Museum and Park Development Trust

The Development Trust was originally established in 2016 as a registered charity and limited company. The Trust was formed as part of the plans to bring new life to this large and much loved park with its wide range of historic buildings, structures and gardens.

The Trust’s mission is to work in order to achieve the regeneration of the overall Gunnersbury Estate as a vitally important historic, recreational, educational and cultural asset in West London. The Trust’s vision is to create a vibrant, relevant and sustainable future for Gunnersbury as a local, Regional and London wide community resource and visitor attraction. This requires the widest possible public and community access and engagement and cultural and recreational programmes.

The Trust has sought to encourage strong partnership working between all those organisations that have a stake in Gunnersbury’s future success - the two Local Authorities that jointly own the Estate and Museum, the Community Interest Company that manages and operates these, the long established Friends of Gunnersbury Park, Capel Manor Horticultural College that is based on the site and the many community users, local groups and businesses.

The Trust has so far been active in successful fund raising for the Museum and Galleries and Garden restoration and in building strong working relationships with Historic England and other key agencies.

Currently the Trust is working with those partners to develop exciting proposals for the revival, restoration and future sustainable use of the currently empty Small Mansion and derelict Stables buildings.

The Trustees are all users of and care passionately about Gunnersbury and were selected after public advertisement and competitive interview for their knowledge, experience and skills.

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Meet the GMPDT Team

Val Bott 

Secretary to the Trust and an experienced Museum Curator who has served as an Assessor for the National Lottery and an Advisor to Government as Deputy Director of the Museums and Galleries Commission. Co-author of the 2018 definitive study “Gunnersbury Park” on the history of the Estate.

Kevin Mahoney

Treasurer to the Trust and a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years experience of commercial development and asset management across Europe. A qualified sports coach who Chairs the nearby old Actonians Sports Club and delivers an extensive coaching programme to local schools.

Mike Rowan

With over 40 years experience in the Parks industry has worked on sites ranging from historic landscapes to modern urban parks and has led on several successful Heritage Lottery and Millenium funded projects. Former Chair of GreenSpace, the national Parks organisation Mike in fact once worked at Gunnersbury and submitted the first successful Lottery bid for the Park.

Howard Simmons

Chair of the Trust with experience of project management and regeneration and has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Has set up community projects, managed grant aid and fundraising programmes, served as an Executive Director for Leisure and Cultural Services In Local Government and as Chief Executive of public/private partnerships and social enterprises.

Corinna Smart

An experienced Secondary school teacher with  30 years practice in the classroom and as a youth worker across London. Also an experienced elected Councillor who has served in various Cabinet positions in Local Government as well as the Heritage Champion and as Mayor of Hounslow.

Jane Newman

Project Manager and Fundraising Officer for the Trust, Jane is an experienced and successful professional fundraiser and regeneration specialist who has worked on a wide range of West London projects including Pitzhanger Manor and Walpole Park. Jane is currently project managing the Grant obtained from the Architectural Heritage Fund to develop the feasibility study for the Small Mansion and Stables.

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