Peter Ashcroft is the Project Manager for the current National Lottery Heritage Fund projects at the Minster and St Mary’s. He was formerly Head of Planning & Development Management East Riding of Yorkshire Council, but since 2016 has been employed by them on a part-time basis to assist with the projects’ delivery.
As well as keeping the current projects on target, Peter provides important networks within the Council who are a key partner in the ‘Two Churches One Town’ project’s ambitions to protect the town’s heritage.
Peter has worked in Beverley for 30 years and is keen to ensure the town’s two major churches are restored and fulfil their prominent role in Beverley’s economic, social and environmental prosperity.
Malcolm Booth is Head of Finance for Two Churches One Town. A Chartered Accountant, he has spent his career in Finance working both in the Accounting Profession, for one of the big 4 firms, and in Manufacturing Industry.
He has recently retired from his role as the Regional Finance Director for Western Europe working for Jotun Paints, a Norwegian Coatings Group. Malcolm is an experienced CFO/Board member with strategic vision and expertise in managing companies.
Malcolm’s interests include travel, walking, cycling, gardening and philately. He is a member of the congregation at Beverley Minister and a former Chair of the Finance Committee.
Roland joined St Mary’s Church Beverley as its Director of Development in June 2018 and is tasked with ensuring the restoration in full of this large medieval building by 2030.
Before St Marys, he worked at financial services firm Ocorian, first at its headquarters in Jersey and then in London where Roland was a founder member and director of the City office, heading up both its capital markets and fund administration desks. The industries to which his blue chip clients provided finance included automotive, aviation, healthcare, chemicals, metals, banking, manufacturing, fitness, food and more.
Highlights of his 17 year career at Ocorian included being fund administrator to a leading Scandinavian private equity firm for over a decade, serving on the boards of securitisation companies for one of the world’s leading banks, running a significant Nordic family office including its philanthropic programme, setting up the UK corporate secretariat for a major healthcare real estate investment trust and pioneering the firm’s FCA regulated operator services to a number of leading commercial property fund managers.
In 2016 Roland founded the charity New Paths Music in Beverley which has quickly become one of the UK’s most dynamic arts festivals. He is relishing being back in his hometown.
Wilf Fowler is Company Secretary of Two Churches One Town. He has been a Chartered Secretary since 1986 and FCIS since 1992. Experienced in commercial and professional secretarial functions, having worked in both sectors for over 30 years.
A graduate of Bristol University, with an honours degree in History. Worked in a family tea planting business in Kenya for 8 years. Settled in UK in 1983 and worked in the Company Secretarial Department of International Distillers & Vintners Ltd, before settling in East Yorkshire in 1988 working as Company Secretary of ABI Caravans Limited and ABI Leisure Group plc for ten years. Moved to join Rollits LLP, solicitors in Hull, in 1998. Retired in March 2017 and now works in a governance role for St Mary’s NLHF Bosses Project team. Operates a consultancy business, mentoring small family owned and managed businesses.