The Team


The Trent Park Museum Trust  is working to establish Trent Park Museum. It is officially recognised by Berkeley Homes, the owner of the site, as the relevant body to secure and oversee the development and eventual operation of the Museum.

Trent Park Museum Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales with Registered Charity Number 1169382 and was established in September 2016.

If you are interested in applying for a position on the Board of Trustees, please contact us by email here.

The Board of Trustees:

jason charalambous
Jason Charalambous

Jason Charalambous is the Co-Chairman of the Trust, and was the founding Chairman of the Trust from 2016 to August 2019. He previously founded and led the Save Trent Park campaign from 2014 following the departure of Middlesex University from the site.

He is a solicitor-advocate in the City of London and holds a number of charity, community and political roles. Jason grew up close to Trent Park and formerly represented the area as a local councillor.

Lord Cholmondeley
Lord Cholmondeley

The Marquess of Cholmondeley, KCVO DL serves as the Co-Chairman of the Trust with Jason Charalambous.

Lord Cholmondeley is a great-nephew of Sir Philip Sassoon, who owned and restored Trent Park in the 1920s and 30s. He currently manages a family-owned historic house, Houghton Hall in Norfolk, which is open to the public; and runs two agricultural estates in Norfolk and Cheshire.

He also holds (since 1990) the hereditary position of Lord Great Chamberlain of the United Kingdom.

Helen Lederer

Helen Lederer is a nationally acclaimed comedian, writer and actress.

Her grandfather, Ernst Lederer, was a ‘Secret Listener’ intelligence operative at Trent Park during World War Two.

Winston Newman
Winston Newman

Winston Newman is a leading architect who has designed and built a wide range of residential and commercial projects throughout London and Hertfordshire.

His work has included schemes within conservation areas and the refurbishment of a variety of community projects.

He has been a consultant architect to the pharmaceutical industry, working with them to develop innovatory flexible laboratory space to speed research.

Alan Perkin
Alan Perkin

Alan Perkin serves as the Deputy Chairman of the Trust (from August 2019) and the Trust’s founding Secretary.

He is a chemical engineer who has worked for major and smaller Contracting, Consulting and Software companies and has held progressively senior roles for Business Development in the Oil and Gas Industry. Recently retired, his international experience included all hands-on activities to drive and grow business from strategy development, opportunity identification, through pre-qualification, Proposal creation and management, to contract negotiation, closure and handover.

Married with two daughters and having lived in close proximity to Trent Park for over 30 years, his interests are Trent Park itself, local history of Cockfosters, opera and as a Volunteer helping in the restoration of a WW2 vintage aircraft to full flying condition for an aviation Museum.

Lord Sassoon

Lord Sassoon serves as the Treasurer of the Trust.

Lord Sassoon is an Executive Director of Jardine Matheson Holdings and Chairman of the China-Britain Business Council.

He began his career at KPMG, before joining SG Warburg (later UBS Warburg) in 1985. From 2002 to 2006 he was in the HM Treasury as a civil servant, where he had responsibility for financial services and enterprise policy. Following this, he chaired the Financial Action Task Force; and conducted a review of the UK’s system of financial regulation.

From 2010 to 2013 Lord Sassoon was the first Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and acted as the Government’s Front Bench Treasury spokesman in the House of Lords.

He’s also a Trustee of the British Museum; a director of Matheson & Co, Dairy Farm, Hongkong Land and Mandarin Oriental; a member of the Global Advisory Board of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group; a member of the International Advisory Council of China Investment Corporation; and a member of the Committee of the Hong Kong Association. Previous appointments include chairmanships of the Merchants Trust and ifs School of Finance and as a Trustee of the National Gallery Trust.

Senior Advisors and Consultants to the Trust:

Iain Standen FRSA is the CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, prior to which he served for 28 years as a commissioned officer in the British Army. He served as a founding Trustee of the Trent Park Museum Trust until December 2019. Iain trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and the British Army Staff College. He was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals and commanded at every rank from Lieutenant to Colonel; worked in both the communications and intelligence fields; and served as a staff officer at the Ministry of Defence and a range of other headquarters where he specialised in strategic policy and plans.

Dr Simon Thurley CBE, FSA, FRIBA, FRHistS is a senior consultant and advisor to the Trust primarily advising on business planning. Dr Thurley is an academic and architectural historian, served as Chief Executive of English Heritage from 2002 to 2015, formally serving as the Director of the Museum of London and Curator of Historic Royal Palace.

Cynthia Wainwright is a fundraising consultant to the Trust. With an expertise in fundraising and relationship building for arts and cultural organisations, she has worked for leading institutions including Tate and the British Library, and has served as the National Lottery  Heritage Fund’s Committee Member for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Studio MB are the Trust’s conceptual museum deisgners, and are a multi-award winning exhibition and interpretive design agency.

Kennedy O’Callaghan Architects are leading specialists in museum design and building conservation and are the Trust’s architects