Terence O'Rourke MBE
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 complex and award-winning projects. 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 a Governor of the Arts University College Bournemouth, and is Chair of its Estates Committee, Chairman of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and a Director of Creative Dorset. He has recently been appointed to the Board of the new Dorset LEP. An active supporter and Patron of the National Trust, he sits on its National Architectural Panel, and is closely involved in the work of the Trust. He also works with a group of philanthropists to promote and encourage a wider spread of individual and corporate philanthropy throughout the UK.
He continues to act, on a pro bono basis, as a strategic planning consultant to a number of former clients, including the Goodwood Estate in Sussex. He was awarded an MBE for services to town planning in the Millennium Honours List.