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About the Trust

Rod Hebden

Rod Hebden

Interim Director

Rod has extensive experience in leading and developing major projects in the heritage sector, having worked with national museums and heritage for over a decade.  His experience includes leading major project fundraising for the Science Museum in Wroughton and London, as well as transforming commercial partnerships for the National Trust.

Whilst at the Science Museum in London, Rod led the successful second stage of their national Heritage Lottery Fund submission, securing £6m for a major gallery, as well as securing funding income from a range of trusts, foundations and commercial sponsors.  With a strong background in science and engineering, he also researched museums and exhibitions at Imperial College London, and worked with international brands to develop the visitor experience at National Trust properties.

Passionate about Swindon’s heritage and its future, Rod was a member of the Swindon Heritage Board and more recently a board member for the Love Lydiard Trust, the community group formed of local people in partnership with Lydiard staff to bid for the running and management of Lydiard House and Park. He is also an active member of his local Residents’ Association.

Robert Hiscox

Robert Hiscox

Chair of Trustees

Robert Hiscox spent 50 years in the insurance industry, building a small syndicate at Lloyd’s into an international insurance company. He has always been interested in the arts. He was a member of the Museums and Galleries Commission, and has been involved with the Tate Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the 24 hour Museum and the Public Catalogue Foundation. He currently chairs two artists’ foundations and The Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Trust.

Brian Mattock

Brian Mattock

Trustee

Brian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has over 30 years’ experience at a senior level with Swindon Borough Council. He was chair of The Old Town Festival Committee for six years and sat on committees of other voluntary organisations in Swindon. He has served on local, regional and national boards/councils and was a Swindon borough councillor for ten years, serving as a member of the Cabinet for six years and as deputy leader of SBC from 2013 to 2016. He is currently chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board in Swindon, a trustee of the Swindon Tram 13 Trust and an active participant on other committees.

Linda Kasmaty

Linda Kasmaty

Trustee

Linda Kasmaty qualified as a teacher after taking a biochemistry degree and in 1973 took up a teaching post in Swindon, where she has lived ever since. Since taking early retirement, she has become involved in several community activities. Linda is currently chair of the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, chair of Swindon Open Studios, secretary of Pipers Area Residents’ Association, allotment representative on Shrivenham Road allotments, member of Swindon Food Network, Swindon Growers and Swindon Civic Voice. She also helps organise Old Town Open Gardens, raising money for ZHEST, a Zimbabwean health and education charity.

Nicky Alberry

Nicky Alberry

Trustee

Nicky Alberry worked with HSBC’s business client base in Devon, Cornwall and Gloucestershire before being seconded to Great Western Enterprise in 1991. She became chief executive and then executive chairman of the company, now known as Business West, and nowadays is a non-exec director.

Nicky has chaired Influence, Swindon’s business voice, and Swindon’s Strategic Economic Partnership. She has also been vice chair of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP). Until recently she sat on the Swindon Employment & Skills Board and the One Swindon Partnership Board.

Nicky was a founding member of the Swindon Cares Fund Raising Appeal which has raised almost £300,000 for community and voluntary organisations in Swindon. She was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Wiltshire in 2006.

Gordon Samuel

Gordon Samuel

Trustee

Gordon Samuel began his career in the art world in 1970 at the age of 19, and worked for the well-known Redfern Gallery in London. In 1978 he was made a director of the company and became co-owner of the gallery in 1989.

He joined the Mercury Gallery in Cork Street as a partner for four years. In 2000 he opened Scolar Fine Art in Bruton Place and began joint exhibitions with the neighbouring Berkeley Square Gallery.

In June 2004 Scolar Fine Art and Berkeley Square gallery merged into what is today Osborne Samuel gallery, one of London leading galleries, specialising in Modern British art from the beginnings of Modernish in Britain in the early 20th century to the present. Gordon is a specialist in Modern British paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings and has written several catalogues on the subject.

Nicola Arkell Reed

Nicola Arkell Reed

Trustee

Nicola Arkell Reed is an artist and lecturer, with a BA and MA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins. Nicola’s recent exhibitions include the Mdina Biennale, Malta and a solo show at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London.

Between 2008 and 2010 Nicola was a chair of the Tate Advisory Council, she then went on to be the Arts Adviser to The Big Give Charity until 2015 and during that time became founder of The Reed Short Film Competition which ran for six years. In 2016 she was made winner of the National Geographic Magazine’s photography competition and illustrated two published novels. Nicola has tutored Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and the University of Gloucestershire as well as run drawing workshops at the University of Malta,
Chelsea College of Art and The Idler Magazine.

Peter Troughton

Peter Troughton

Trustee

Peter Troughton and his family have lived near Swindon for more than 30 years.

He was a managing director of WHSmith in the 1990s before leaving to work in investment. He was a trustee of the National Gallery and Royal Collection, and is Pro-Chancellor of the University of Bath.

Peter was awarded the CBE in 2015 for services to education, business and culture.

Lord Joel Joffe

Lord Joel Joffe

Trustee

Lord Joel Joffe, who sadly died on 18 June 2017, was a valued trustee and great friend to the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, and to Swindon itself. A human rights lawyer (who defended Nelson Mandela), co-founder of Allied Dunbar Assurance, he had been a trustee or chair of many charities, including Oxfam, Action for Development and Disability, International Alert, Management Accounting for NGOs (MANGO), The Allied Dunbar Charitable Trust and Swindon Council for Voluntary Services (SCVS)  and The Joffe Charitable Trust.

He was raised to the Peerage in 2000 and introduced the Patient Assisted Dying Bill in the House of Lords in 2003 and then the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill in 2004 and subsequent Bills. In 2016 he was given the Freedom of the City of London. Lord Joffe held five honorary Doctorates. He retired from the House of Lords in March 2015.

The wisdom and enthusiasm he brought to the Trust has been invaluable, and we all remember him for his unique combination of razor sharp intellect and boundless generosity of spirit, and are all the richer for having known him.

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