The Company has been established for public benefit to promote the education of the public by supporting the establishment and maintenance of a museum in Blackpool, known as the Blackpool Museum Project, to promote the awareness and appreciation of popular culture in Blackpool and in the UK generally.

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen

Laurence is a fine art honours graduate, home‐style consultant and television personality best known for his appearances on the BBC’s Changing Rooms and for being a judge on the ITV reality series Popstar to Operastar in 2010. He has a long association with Blackpool, first designing illuminations in 2007 and then working as Creative Director for the Illuminations since 2010. He has become a strong supporter and advocate for Blackpool, this year backing Blackpool’s bid for The Great Exhibition of the North and giving up his time to work on the BBC’s DIY SOS Children in Need – Carers’ Centre project (broadcast 17 November 2016).

Nigel Patterson
Vice Chair

Former General Manager of the Winter Gardens, Nigel has a wealth of business experience at Director Level in customer facing businesses with strong links to sales, business development, cost reduction, change management, service delivery and customer service. Nigel lives locally in Blackpool and is keen to support the Winter Gardens building which helped launch his career.

Steve Thompson
Local Authority Trustee

The nominated ‘local authority trustee’, Steve is a senior officer of Blackpool Council where he holds the position of Director of Finance and Resources. Steve is responsible for an annual budget of around £500m at Blackpool Council and holds numerous voluntary directorships (charities, schools, pension funds and companies owned by Blackpool Council).

Dr Andrew Parmley

Community Trustee

Dr Andrew Parmley was educated at Blackpool Grammar School, the Royal Academy of Music, Manchester and London Universities and Jesus College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and Trinity College, London and an Honorary Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is currently the Principal of The Harrodian School in West London and Lord Mayor of London.

Carol Neale
Community Trustee

Carol has a wealth of experience in the voluntary sector in Blackpool, having held roles at the Blackpool Wyre and Fylde CVS and Blackpool Disability Services. She is an active member of the local community, supporting the Friends of Stanley Park, the Civic Trust and Blackpool Victoria Hospital and is a volunteer for the Museum Project.

Katherine O’Connor
Community Trustee

Katherine lives locally and is Senior Ministerial and Policy Manager, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and formerly Tourism and Advertising Manager at Blackpool Council from 1997‐2004.