The Vale and Downland Museum (Wantage) is a charity, registration number 1126995, and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England, number 067600294. It is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association. The directors, as charity trustees, have responsibility for controlling and safeguarding the museum and its property and funds. Directors are either nominated or co-opted to the Museum Board.


Councillor Julia Reynolds, Chairman

Julia joined the Board in May 2015. She is both a town and district councillor. She has lived in Wantage since 1985 and worked at the Harwell Campus for almost 32 years. From 2004 to 2007 she held the office of Wantage Town Mayor. She ran the Wantage Summer Festival for 14 years and has been a Museum volunteer. Her hobbies include classical singing, gardening, cooking and long country walks. 



Councillor St. John Dickson

St John joined the Board in 2012 as the nominated representative of Wantage Town Council. He is also the representative Trustee of the Wantage & Grove Independent Advice Centre. He has a BSc. Joint Honours degree in Biology and Geology, and Diploma of Economic Development, both from London University. Following many years working in the world of advertising in London, St.John moved to Wantage 20 years ago where he has lived ever since with his family. He currently runs his own company, C D Associates specialising in corporate communications, print and website design.


John Vandore

John is a Wantage resident who studied Engineering and works mostly at Rutherford Appleton Lab in connection with Cryogenic Technology. He is Treasurer of the British Cryogenics Council. Following a career in the automotive industry, with the help of a Warwick MBA, he ran a number of companies in England & North America. His enthusiasm for Wantage has also led to his being a Trustee of Betjeman (Millennium) Park. John was co-opted by the other directors to the Board in 2012.


Bill Falkenau

Bill is a qualified accountant. He has been Wantage Town Clerk, on a part time basis, for almost 18 years and was previously Clerk to Grove Parish Council for 11 years. He retired in 2011, after 14 years, from his full time job as Finance Director of a London based, medium sized, charity. His responsibilities at the charity included governance, personnel and facilities management. He came to live in Grove in 1973 and now lives in West Hanney. He was nominated to the Board by the Wantage Joint Economic Forum in 2012.


Don Summers

After attending St Brendan’s College, Bristol, Don worked in scientific research at Harwell and Culham Laboratories for 43 years, retiring in 2000. He has lived in Grove since 1968 and has recently become a parish councillor. His son and family of wife and three children live in the area. His main interests are his grandchildren, Rugby, military history and gardening. He is chairman of a local amateur military history society.

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