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Who we are?

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, and its Director, who are driving the project for a new Museum and Art Gallery, bring a combination of expertise in commerce, communities, curation, art, science, education and retail. They also have a strong passion for an commitment to Swindon. Their vision is to create one of the UK's leading city museums and art galleries, fusing art, science, technology and social history.

Rod Hebden


Director

Rod has extensive experience in leadership in the arts and 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 studied 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 is a member of the Swindon Heritage Forum and a board member for the Love Lydiard Trust.

Peter Troughton


Chair (Interim)

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.

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 , now known as Business West.

She is now a non-executive director with both Business West Limited & one of its Shareholders, GWE Holdings Limited. She is Chairman of Swindon Women’s Aid and is a founding member of the Swindon Cares Fund Raising Appeal, a Trustee/Director of the new Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Trust and the Swindon Cultural Partnership.

She is active in the Rotary Club of Swindon (first Lady President in 2007/8) and currently the High Sheriff of Wiltshire & was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Wiltshire in 2006.

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.

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.

​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

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.

​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.

Robert Hiscox


Former Trustee (retired)

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. We are enormously grateful for the energy and generosity which Robert brought to the Trust and his for his ongoing support for Swindon.

Rod Hebden


Director

Rod has extensive experience in leadership in the arts and 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 studied 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 is a member of the Swindon Heritage Forum and a board member for the Love Lydiard Trust.

Peter Troughton


Chair (Interim)

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.

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 , now known as Business West.

She is now a non-executive director with both Business West Limited & one of its Shareholders, GWE Holdings Limited. She is Chairman of Swindon Women’s Aid and is a founding member of the Swindon Cares Fund Raising Appeal, a Trustee/Director of the new Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Trust and the Swindon Cultural Partnership.

She is active in the Rotary Club of Swindon (first Lady President in 2007/8) and currently the High Sheriff of Wiltshire & was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Wiltshire in 2006.

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.

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.

​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

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.

​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.

Robert Hiscox


Former Trustee (retired)

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. We are enormously grateful for the energy and generosity which Robert brought to the Trust and his for his ongoing support for Swindon.

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This project belongs to the people of Swindon and the UK, and can only happen with involvement of organisations and individuals who share our passion for our heritage of innovation and creativity. We would love you to join us to make the project a reality and bring the benefits to as many people as possible.

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Nationally renowned collections

The Swindon Collection is one of the most distinguished regional collections of modern British art in the UK. The collection deserves to be widely known and recognised, and to be used imaginatively to stimulate the enjoyment of art in a new generation.


Andrew Wilson, Curator, Tate Britain

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