Debbie Brock DL


Debbie was Mayor of Milton Keynes in 2010/11, she was an Elected Member of Milton Keynes Council for eight years and the first Chairman of The Milton Keynes Health & Wellbeing Board; she has since retired from local politics. She became Chairman of The Milton Keynes Cenotaph Trust in 2010, a role she still enjoys today. She is a stalwart supporter of many organisations in Milton Keynes including the Milton Keynes Community Foundation and is Chair of Milton Keynes’ Disability Awareness Day. Debbie was appointed one of Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenants for Buckinghamshire in 2015.

John Moffoot, MBE, FCIS, DL


John retired as an employee of Milton Keynes Council in 2012 and now devotes his time to various voluntary activities. He is a Director and Chair of Methodist Guild Holidays Ltd (trading as Christian Guild); a trustee and Honorary Secretary of the MK Cenotaph Trust; and a trustee and Chair of Tools for Self Reliance – MK. John was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2012 for services to young people and the community of Milton Keynes. He was appointed one of Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenants for Buckinghamshire in 2013.

Mike Barry


In 2007, during his Mayoral year, Mike was instrumental in entering into discussions with John Moffoot, the then Head of Democratic Services about a central venue where members of the public could congregate in order to celebrate National or personal circumstances. Many consultations and workshops took place which resulted in The Milton Keynes Rose as we know it today.  It is, of course, a living project which will develop over the years as more Pillars are commemorated.

Elizabeth Richardson


Elizabeth has been involved with the Milton Keynes Rose, working closely with John Moffoot, who was then Assistant Director (Democratic Services) at Milton Keynes Council, since a plan for a place of remembrance and commemoration in the heart of Milton Keynes was first suggested in 2008.  She has been involved in much of the background administrative work which needed to be done in order to realise this vision as the iconic Milton Keynes Rose.  She still works for Milton Keynes Council, having joined in 1989.  She was appointed as a Trustee of the Cenotaph Trust in November 2015 and is passionate about getting the message across that there is more to Milton Keynes than concrete cows and roundabouts, whilst recognising that these are important to the identity of Milton Keynes.

Julia Upton MBE


Julia joined the Board of The Milton Keynes Cenotaph Trust in December 2016, and is a Trustee of the MK YMCA and Wavendon Allmusic Plan, a Board Director of Business Leaders and on MK Gallery’s Fundraising Steering Group. Previously Julia was Chief Executive of MK Community Foundation, developing philanthropy, leadership, enhancing the property portfolio to enable grants and subsidised rents of £1.7M to be distributed to community groups and charities each year. Julia was Vice Chair of UK Community Foundation working to develop Community Foundations in the UK and Chaired their Local Network Fund to support children and young people’s initiatives. She was instrumental in developing ‘Vital Signs’ research which identifies the successes and challenges in communities and a ‘Quality Mark’ for all Community Foundations in the UK. Originally from the West Country, Julia previously worked in education in Somerset then London prior to moving to Milton Keynes.

Sunita Yeomans


Sunita runs her own graphic design business SSHY Creative. She teaches Graphic Branding and Design Management at the University of Arts London and is on the Board of Trustees for both the Milton Keynes Rose and MK Gallery. Prior to her current roles, she held design leadership positions for over 15 years at Boots, Argos and Tesco.

The Parks Trust


The Parks Trust is an independent, self-funded charity that cares for and maintains over 6,000 acres of green space across Milton Keynes. This includes the river valleys, ancient woodlands, lakesides, parks and landscaped areas alongside the main roads. The Parks Trust ensures these spaces are expertly maintained and managed and also plans, develops and invests for the future, so that everyone can enjoy the outdoors, now and forever. The Parks Trust also works with around 6,000 school children through its education programme, and has nearly 200 volunteers. The Parks Trust organises over 200 events and activities each year, making the city a vibrant and colourful place to live, work and visit. For more information visit theparkstrust.com.

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MK Council

Milton Keynes Council is the local authority of the Borough of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. Milton Keynes is divided into 19 wards, electing 57 councillors. Milton Keynes is reported as one of the nation’s best places to do business, and its council has ambitious plans for continued economic development and growth. As of the summer of 2013, Milton Keynes became part of the Key Cities Group which is a group for cities who play a key role in their regional economy; centres of innovation, production, and trade.87