Parks Trust gets new board member

John Lewis
John Lewis
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PASSIONATE Milton Keynes advocate John Lewis has been appointed to the 17-strong board of the city’s Parks Trust.

Property professional Mr Lewis, previously chief executive of Milton Keynes Partnership, and a director of English Partnerships, is currently chief executive of Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.

Mr Lewis said: “My association with MK goes back to 1991 when I joined Milton Keynes Development Corporation and I hope my previous involvement with the city will enable me to make a positive contribution to the trust. Even though I am now working elsewhere, becoming a trustee means that I can continue to participate closely in MK life.”

David Foster, chief executive of The Parks Trust, said: “A number of our long standing trustees have recently retired and John’s extensive property experience and understanding of MK will help ensure we maintain a strong and well balanced board that is rooted in the local community.”

The trust, which looks after 22 million trees 4,500 acres, 80 miles of trees, shrubs and flowers along the roads, is expanding its commercial property portfolio and acquiring additional parkland. It has assets valued at £70m.