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The Board of Trustees


Professor David Lock CBE



Steve Crowther



Wei Yang

Dr Wei Yang has served as a Board Trustee of Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre since 2009. Wei is the Chairman of Wei Yang & Partners, an award-winning master planning company in London. She is a renowned town planner and urban designer with considerable wealth of experience in both new communities and urban regeneration. Wei is a key figure in promoting 21st Century Garden City in the UK and China. Her firm's submission on the New Garden Cities in Britain won the Finalist Award for the Wolfson Economics Prize on Garden Cities in 2014. Wei is a Fellow of Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and a Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences. She is also the Vice-chair of RTPI International Committee and an Independent Trustee of the Landscape Institute (LI).





Noel Parsons

I was born in 1947 and I'm still not dead. I was educated at a Northern grammar school and two Northern universities at a time when not only was tuition free, but you actually got paid to go to university! I spent most of my working life in IT, latterly working with financial organisations to deliver payment systems and services. I retired in 2000 and became a volunteer at CDC shortly afterwards. I've been a Trustee for five years and Treasurer for four. Apart from my family my main passions are rugby and leadership – not entirely unconnected! When I'm not worrying about the fortunes of Northampton Saints I while away my time walking, reading and going to the theatre and cinema.



Cllr Jenni Ferrans

I was mostly brought up in Coventry, and after graduating I worked for a year in north London before coming to MK with my company. MK was buzzing with opportunity and I found the process of developing a whole city fascinating! I worked in IT in engineering companies until redundancy led to semi-retirement three years ago. I also volunteered with a variety of women’s groups, which gave me a broad perspective on how the physical development of a city affects its social and economic development. I became a Councillor on MK Council 12 years ago and a spokesperson on Strategic Planning until recently, and became one of its nominated trustees of the CDC x years ago. In my spare time, I sing with a classical choir, and attend the Fabric and Threads Guild at Westbury Farm Studios, as well as reading.


Cllr Zoe Nolan

Zoe Nolan is a Labour Councillor in Milton Keynes Council representing Loughton and Shenley ward, cabinet member for Children and Families and Deputy Chair of Loughton and Great Holm Parish Council. She lives near the City Discovery Centre (CDC), often walking, cycling or running in Loughton Valley park in which CDC is situated.
She holds degrees from Portsmouth, Birmingham and Cambridge Universities. She worked in the NHS as a Consultant Forensic Psychologist with families where teenagers were at risk of going into prison or entering the care system.
She loves Bradwell Abbey and the site, wanting to see it restored to its former glory as soon as possible. She is an ardent supporter of the CDC children's programme and the plans to improve the site for everyone's enjoyment.


James Williamson


Jan Lloyd

Jan Lloyd is from Huddersfield, Yorkshire.

She attended Royds Hall Grammar School and Music Department, College of Technology there before moving to Trent Park Training College, Barnet.

After this she taught in London for 12 years then moved to Tunbridge Wells, Kent as Deputy Head Teacher of a newly opened special school. Jan then moved to Pebble Brook Day and Residential School for pupils with Special and Complex Needs, Aylesbury in 1984 as Head Teacher. Retired in 2003.

Jan settled to MK in the late eighties and served as Labour Councillor on MK Council for 16 years. Was Mayor of MK 2008/9.

She is the Older Persons’ Champion for MK and, as such, Chairs the Older Persons’ Partnership Board and the Older Persons’ Forum. She has been/still is involved in MK City Orchestra, MK Music Hub, MK Theatre and Gallery, MKCEP, AHA, CDC, MK College and Water Hall Primary School.

Jan sings with the OU Choir, the Sherwood Singers and plays French Horn with the Giocoso Band. She is Secretary of the Max Wall Society.

Jan is widowed with a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchidren.




Paul Cox

Paul has been researching the past of the Milton Keynes area for almost 30 years. He specialises in the villages to the south east of the 'New City'. Growing up in Woburn Sands, he started looking into the history of the family pub, and it broadened from there. His hobby eventually became a profession, as he now works in Records Management for a Government agency. He manages the Woburn Sands heritage collection and history website.