An architect, town planner and urban designer, Terence O'Rourke had a successful career in the public sector before leaving to form his own specialist consultancy in 1985. As Chairman and Managing Director, he developed this into one of the largest and most successful in the UK, responsible for many major and award-winning projects. His speciality is strategy and the resolution of complex problems. He resigned from the practice in 2007, and now spends his time on a number of arts and educational Trusteeships and Board roles. He also fundraises for a number of organisations and personally supports several others.
He is Chairman of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, a Governor of the Arts University Bournemouth, and is Chair of its Estates Committee. He is a Board Member of the Dorset LEP and has recently been appointed to the Board of the Goodwood Estate. An active supporter and Patron of the National Trust, he sits on the South West Regional Board, and is closely involved in the work of the Trust. He was awarded an MBE for services to town planning in the Millennium Honours List and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts.