Meet the trustees

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The Board establishes the overall vision and governance framework for WHAT. Each Trustee is selected for their expertise and influence.

Simon Kearey

Simon Kearey

A qualified accountant, with over 30 years senior leadership experience across all sectors, Simon was appointed Chair of Trustees in April 2013. He is a trustee and chairman of a number of local and national organisations, specialising in business transformation and turnaround. Simon is keen to ensure that the Trust opens up the exciting world of Heritage and Arts to the wider community, working collaboratively with many local organisations. Simon is also very much involved in the world of education and childrens’ services, seeking to provide children and young people with the best start in life and believes the Trust has a very large part to play in this locally.

Paul Meek

A senior director with over 20 years’ experience in the UK and international markets, experienced in IT programme and project management, procurement, consultancy, marketing and out-sourcing. Holds Certificate of IT Service Management (ITIL) and PRINCE practitioner.

Excellent negotiator responsible for drafting Ts & Cs including SLA and successfully concluding multi-million pound ICT contracts. Director of a management consultancy company specialising in the implementation of business change through the intelligent use of IT. Expert witness in several IT related cases. Excellent communication and relationship skills. Resourceful, self-motivated, energetic, organised, flexible and used to working under pressure.

Linda Cannon Clegg

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A  former head teacher, with 22 years experience in education, Linda was appointed a Trustee in May 2013. She currently chairs the Marketing Committee for WHAT to promote its value to the community. Linda is also as a trustee of the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation, now called ‘Heart of Bucks’, and works on both the grants panel and leads on marketing for donor development. Linda has a real interest in cars and is Secretary for the Kop Hill Climb annual event which raises money for the local community. Linda enjoys heritage and the arts. She is a keen amateur painter and cyclist.

Jenny Baker


After a life-long career as a senior manager in the voluntary sector, Jenny retired recently after six years as Chief Executive of the national charity, Brain Tumour UK.  Previously working for over thirty years for the National Trust, ultimately as its national lead on volunteering, community involvement and diversity, in 2005, Jenny was awarded the OBE in recognition of her services to voluntary action in the heritage and environmental sectors.  Jenny is a national Committee member of Healthwatch England and Chair of Healthwatch Bucks. She is also a Trustee of Community Impact Bucks and her past Board experience for two national charities was with The Churches Conservation Trust and Volunteering England.  These have all  brought insight into the services provided by charities and community groups and the difference their efforts can make to people’s lives and wellbeing.

Tony Green

Tony Green

Tony has been a councillor for over 30 years, first with the London Borough of Lambeth and then since 1999 with Wycombe District Council. In 2013-14 he was Mayor of High Wycombe. He is the Council's representative on WHAT and is also a member of the management board of Wycombe Community Arts Centre. He is chairman of the High Wycombe Town Twinning Association and vice chairman of the High Wycombe branch of the Royal British Legion.

Tony is a governor at Highworth Combined School and Nursery and Holmer Green Senior School.

Jake Kaner

Jake Kaner has studied and conserved furniture collections for many years. In 2001 he established the Twentieth Century Furniture Research Group in High Wycombe at Bucks New University and has convened eight conferences relating to twentieth century furniture studies. He has worked with many heritage organisations, supervised at the Royal College of Art and given research papers at the Vitra Design Museum, the Pinakotek der Moderne, Munich, the Design Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, amongst others. He is the Principal Investigator for the High Wycombe Furniture Archive and continues to work with British twentieth century furniture manufacturer records.

School of Design, Craft and Visual Arts, Buckinghamshire New University



Keith Ray

Although educated as an engineer, Keith has spent his entire career as a management consultant, firstly with local government, then in a general ‘retail’ consultancy, and finally 26 years running the internal consultancy within a major international food company. Since retiring ten years ago, he has continued to keep his hand in as a freelance consultant, but has also developed his life long interest in industrial and technological history, writing a monthly history article for Marine Engineers Review, and writing a number of books on the history of land and air transport. He is self confessed ‘petrol head’ and ‘Cornwall-phile’, and a Trustee of Mid-Thames & Buckinghamshire Relate,