The Board of Trustees believe strongly in the work of the School and are continually seeking to help and provide additional facilities and resources.
Colonel Mike Bowden MBE. (President and Founder)
Commissioned in the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1958 and served a total of 37 years including three tours (14 years) in airborne forces and active service in five theatres of war. Appointed British representative on Commission for Formation of Armed Forces in Angola and then retired in 1992 and trained as carpenter and joiner. He was appointed as governor with responsibility for premises at Rowdeford School in 1996; Created Rowdeford Charity Trust in 2001; and received the award of the High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 2008 for services to the local community. He was awarded the MBE that year for services to special educational needs.
Now, having retired as a governor of the School, he remains honorary President of the Charity and also of the hugely successful Rowdeford Garden Fair.
Colonel Tim Symonds OBE. (Chair of Trustees)
Tim is a serving Army Officer with a background in logistics and programme management. He lives with his family in Devizes and his daughter is a student at Silverwood. Tim enjoys paddleboarding, cycling and rugby.
Maggie Moore's background is in Hotel Management and catering. More recently she ran the tourist information centres in Marlborough, Avebury and Devizes and has been a trustee since 2008. Maggie is a keen sailor and gardener.
Richard is a retired solicitor and senior partner of a long established nine partner Swindon legal practice. He is an active member of the Rotary and has been for some 27 years. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2014.
Tim is a busy local Devizes businessman. Somehow outside of his business Tim is a keen steam and traction engine enthusiast and is a keen collector of many historic engines.
Neil is a local solicitor working within commercial and residential development, commercial landlord and tenant work. Neil has a keen interest in sport, music and film.
Tony worked in computing and navigation systems for 37 years before retirement – both aircraft and land vehicles. He has been on the Rowdeford Garden Fair organising committee since 2013 looking after the contacts database. Tony is active in Devizes U3A, Devizes Lions and the regeneration of the church of St Mary, Devizes.
Aileen has been the Chair of Silverwood School Governors since the school’s formation in September 2020. Her background is in supporting adults with learning disabilities in their ordinary lives. Aileen enjoys time with her family, golf, and is a keen football supporter.
Jeff spent 24 years in the RAF as a Communications Engineer serving in various parts of the world. On leaving the RAF in 1993, he spent 2 years as a Business Consultant and then 18 years with Nortel Networks and then Airbus in Business Development. He retired from Airbus in 2012 and is now an independent consultant specialising in cyber security and business innovation. Jeff enjoys keeping fit, walking and reading.