Trustees

Trustees

Professor David Lock CBE, MRTPI - President

David Lock founded David Lock Associates in 1988, was Managing Director and Chairman until 2008 and then Chairman until 2013. He is now a Strategic Planning Advisor to the company, which  has become an Employee Benefit Trust. He was founder Chair of David Lock Associates (Australia) with whom he undertook several consultancy assignments until standing down in 2015. He remains the founder Chair of DLA Architects Practice which is now a wholly independent business.

David was appointed to the half time post of Chief Planning Adviser to the Department of the Environment when John Gummer, was Secretary of State.  I addition to his consultancy work, David served for 10 years as a Visiting Professor at the University of Central England in Birmingham. David was Chairman of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), with whom he was a Trustee for over 30 years and reman a columnist in their Town and Country Planning magazine. After 32 years as Chair, David is now President of the sub-regional environmental education charity City Discovery in Milton Keynes.

Steve Crowther - Chair

Steve Crowther is from Rotherham, Yorkshire where he attended Rotherham Grammar School and Thomas Rotherham Sixth Form College. After working in construction he enrolled at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design and studied Landscape Architecture, graduating in 1976. He became a full Member of the Landscape Institute until leaving in 2018.

Steve worked two years for Peterlee Development Corporation, County Durham as Landscape Officer and from 1978 to 1987 as Senior Landscape Architect with Cleveland County Council. From 1987 he moved with family to Milton Keynes and worked for the Council as Principle Landscape Officer. After 23 years he retired in 2010 from the position of Landscape and Countryside Manager. Steve held the Client Officer responsibility for Bradwell Abbey at MKC and shortly after retirement joined the Board of Trustees for City Discovery Centre. He is currently Chair.

Steve’s interests are centred around design and the natural environment and the benefits that can provide for the health and wellbeing of the wider population. Family oriented activities are greatly enjoyed and the matter of trying to 'keep fit' is actively pursued through walking, cycling, cricket, tennis and gardening.

Wei Yang - Vice Chair

Dr Wei Yang has served as a Board Trustee of Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre since 2009. Wei is the Chairman of Wei Yang & Partners, an award-winning master planning company in London. She is a renowned town planner and urban designer with considerable wealth of experience in both new communities and urban regeneration. Wei is a key figure in promoting 21st Century Garden City in the UK and China. Her firm's submission on the New Garden Cities in Britain won the Finalist Award for the Wolfson Economics Prize on Garden Cities in 2014. Wei is a Fellow of Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and a Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences. She is also the Vice-chair of RTPI International Committee and an Independent Trustee of the Landscape Institute (LI).

Elizabeth Parckar - Treasurer

Elizabeth Parckar grew up in the new town of Milton Keynes and after a number of years living in London, returned to settle here with her young family.  In her day job Elizabeth is a civil servant, currently working as the Head of Franchise Policy in the Cabinet Office.  Through her career she has held a range of roles across several different government departments, including a secondment to the organising committee for the London 2012 Olympic Games, where she served as the Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer.  As someone who grew up in the burgeoning new town, Elizabeth has a strong personal interest in the design, architecture and original vision for Milton Keynes, and its historic roots, and sought out a role with MKCDC to help promote, support and preserve that heritage.

Cllr Pauline Wallace

Pauline has lived in MK for 31 years and after much interest in the place became involved with her local Parish council, Then became a school governor and eventually a Councillor. She has been a councillor for 8 years. Pauline has been involved involved in many guises with CDC over several years. She has worked with each of its Directors and has fond memories of all the exciting activities. She is looking forward to the next chapter!

Cllr Rex Exon

Robert (affectionately known as Rex) Exon is a Lib-Dem Councillor and has been a Trustee since 2020. He is a well-known figure around Milton Keynes and has strong ties to Bradwell Abbey. He has been volunteering on site with Green Gym for several years, helping to keep the Abbey grounds beautiful for everyone. He is very active within Bradwell Ward and is excited to be representing Bradwell Abbey on the Board.

Jan Lloyd

Jan Lloyd is from Huddersfield, Yorkshire. She attended Royds Hall Grammar School and Music Department, College of Technology there before moving to Trent Park Training College, Barnet. After this she taught in London for 12 years then moved to Tunbridge Wells, Kent as Deputy Head Teacher of a newly opened special school. Jan then moved to Pebble Brook Day and Residential School for pupils with Special and Complex Needs, Aylesbury in 1984 as Head Teacher. Retired in 2003. Jan settled to MK in the late eighties and served as Labour Councillor on MK Council for 16 years. Was Mayor of MK 2008/9. She is the Older Persons’ Champion for MK and, as such, Chairs the Older Persons’ Partnership Board and the Older Persons’ Forum. She has been/still is involved in MK City Orchestra, MK Music Hub, MK Theatre and Gallery, MKCEP, AHA, CDC, MK College and Water Hall Primary School. Jan sings with the OU Choir, the Sherwood Singers and plays French Horn with the Giocoso Band. She is Secretary of the Max Wall Society. Jan is widowed with a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchidren.

Paul Cox

Paul has been researching the past of the Milton Keynes area for almost 30 years. He specialises in the villages to the south east of the 'New City'. Growing up in Woburn Sands, he started looking into the history of the family pub, and it broadened from there. His hobby eventually became a profession, as he now works in Records Management for a Government agency. He manages the Woburn Sands heritage collection and history website.

Bob Adams

Bob Adams is a direct descendent of Bradwell Abbey's Victorian Constable, Robert Adams, whose truncheon Bradwell Abbey Ana's on display. Bob has been a Trustee since 2018. He is a highly-experienced events management professional, as well, among other things, as a barndance and celidh caller, MC, and a part-time theatre manager. Bob helps out with Bradwell Abbey events and can often be heard on the mic at our Medieval Fayre!