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.


Elizabeth Sadler, Chairman

Retired pharmacist, Elizabeth is also treasurer of the Friends of the Vale and Downland Museum and their representative on the Board of Directors which she joined in 2011. A keen golfing enthusiast, Elizabeth moved to Wantage in 2008.


Councillor Fiona Roper

Fiona has lived in Wantage for 30 years and has always been a great supporter of the museum. She has an MA in modern languages,and worked for 20 years as a manager at the Harwell Business Centre, followed by a spell as a consultant. She is now a freelance writer and editor. In addition to being a District Councillor, she is currently the Mayor of Wantage. Fiona joined the Board in 2011 and is the official representative of the Vale of White Horse District Council, the main funding body of the museum. In 2012 she helped secure a grant of £250,000 from the Vale Council to cover a shortfall in funds for the new extension.


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.

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