About us

Greenham Control Tower is the focal point for a series of exciting things to do both within the tower itself and activities involving Greenham Common. The tower had lain empty after RAF Greenham Common closed in September 1992, and was bought by Greenham Parish Council in 2014 with the goal of saving and ultimately restoring this exceptional historical military building allowing it to be saved for the future.

Restoration work
Tower almist open

The tower is under the stewardship of a group of trustees whose vision is to maintain the historic legacy of the building by opening it as a community space with a cafe for visitors to the common alongside a trip back in time experience on the second and third floors.

Opened in September 2018, you are able to explore the fascinating past of Greenham Common as a military base, airfield and Cold War site upstairs in the museum area. Come to the top floor observation area and survey the amazing view across the common and examine how it looked as an airfield in decades past. The project has been enabled by Heritage Lottery Funding, which the scheme was awarded in Spring 2018. We also host various events based around aspects of the history of Greenham Common which include public lectures and other related themed displays.

The Control Tower is available for use by local community groups subject to availability and space. It is also available for private hire and filming subject to availability, with further details available on request. Please contact us for further details.

 

Meet the Team

A list of key people involved in the Control Tower project

Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Director/Trustee

Steve has lived in the area for over 20 years and runs a high-level negotiation consultancy. He is also a local councillor. Having driven past the Control Tower for the last 10 years wondering why it was being allowed to just deteriorate, he became involved with the renovation project. He is also a Director of the West Berkshire Therapy Centre - which last year won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Steven Marwick

Steven Marwick

Director/Trustee

Steve served in the Royal Air Force in the Air Traffic Control and Operations branches, and has held a passion for military history ever since. After serving 10 years with the RAF he has worked in IT for over 20 years and is currently a Global IT Manager in the oil and gas sector. Over the years Steve has volunteered with a variety of organisations, most recently with the National Autistic Society. He is also a STEM ambassador and works with schools and other children's organisations throughout the south to encourage children into STEM related careers. Steve is thrilled to be involved in a community project that allowed him to indulge his own interests and bring the story of such an iconic location to new generations.

Andy Kempe

Andy Kempe

Director/Trustee

Andy is Emeritus Professor of Drama Education. He taught in comprehensive schools for ten years before moving to the University of Reading where his primary responsibility was to train drama teachers. He is internationally recognised in his field and despite retiring from full time lecturing in 2016, he still writes and contributes to conferences in the UK and abroad and has become increasingly involved in local community drama projects. His association with the Tower stems from his involvement in 'Greenham: One Hundred Years of War and Peace'. His aim is to bring young people into the tower and introduce them to the rich history and environment of the common. To this end he has already prepared two short guide booklets.

Ceinwen Lally

Ceinwen Lally

Director/Trustee

Ceinwen has lived locally for 30 years. She has a degree in Chemistry as well as an MBA. She worked for many years in a range of organisations including a multi-national company, and much smaller businesses as well as two local charities. She spent the last 10 years of her career working with small food enterprises, creating business and marketing plans for these organisations. Ceinwen has volunteered for a number of local organisations and joined the volunteers at Greenham Control Tower Café during autumn 2018. She enjoyed it so much that she stepped up to become a Director!

Paul Grigg

Paul Grigg

Director/Trustee

Paul is a management consultant in the food industry while also running a small food to go company. He spent 20 years at Tesco where he was responsible for the buying and trading of various categories across his time at the retailer. He also spent 5 years out in Malaysia, helping to develop the Tesco business in Asia. Paul is keen to use his experience for good and that, as well as a childhood dream of being an air traffic controller, brought him to be part of GCT.

Sally-Ann Jay

Sally-Ann Jay

Director/Trustee

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Dean Graham

Dean Graham

Director/Trustee

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Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas

Director/Trustee

Dave has lived in Newbury for 15 years and is a regular Common visitor with his family. He led Information and Technology practices at the Natural History Museum and the Natural Environment Research Council for many years. He previously enjoyed time in industry and now works on projects with both national and local museums/archives to help communities and citizens engage with their cultural heritage more easily. He thinks this can really help with trust and celebration in this connected (sometime over connected) digital world. He aslso has fundraising, commercial, exhibitions, collections systems and digital engagement experience too. Lover of travel, nature, making the most of life himself and with others, and generally being useful.

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