Here are some of the key people involved with Friends of the Dales, and our charity the Yorkshire Dales Society.
Ann works closely with the Trustees of the charity and manages a team of volunteers. Ann works part-time across 4 days in the week and is responsible for managing and implementing the Society’s membership, campaigning and policy work, financial administration and strategic planning. Ann has worked for the charity since January 2011.
Ann has a MSc in Natural Resource Management and has worked in many roles for Yorkshire based charities and the national park in fundraising, and management roles.
Working part-time across 2-3 days per week, Penny joined us in March 2017. Penny works on all aspects of membership administration - sending out welcome packs to new Friends of the Dales, keeping our records sorted and up to date, setting up Direct Debit payments, tracking our monthly income and expenditure and dealing with a hundred and one queries on all things Friends of the Dales! Penny has a wide range of experience and skills, having worked for the NHS in a financial role, for a Yorkshire education charity for 16 years, and also running her own business offering holistic therapy.
All the Trustees are unpaid volunteers who put in hundreds of hours together every year to run our registered charity and deliver our campaigning work, communications and events. They also ensure our charity operates legally, for example making sure we comply with our financial and governance obligations from the Charity Commmission, Companies House and the Fundraising Regulator.
Ann Cryer (Vice President)
Mark Corner (Chairman)
Malcolm Petyt (Vice President)
Graham Yule (Treasurer)
Our Honorary positions, elected annually at the AGM
President - Sir Gary Verity
Patron - Alastair Humphreys
Volunteers are essential to the delivery of our charity's work. Over the years volunteers together contribute hundreds of hours of unpaid work towards the events, putting together our flagship magazine - the Yorkshire Dales Reivew - and on membership and financial administration.
To find out more about volunteering, phone us on 01756 749400 or email
Bernard Peel comes into the office on most Thursdays, and has been doing so for around 10 years. Bernard works with Penny Lowe, Administration Assistant, on membership administration and he also leads or helps on many of our walks.
We estimate that Bernard has put in over 3,000 hours of volunteering to support our charity - and counting!
Jenny Pateman-Harrison volunteers every month, and has done so for many year. Jenny comes into our office to process the invoices and carry out a bank reconciliation for our subsidiary social enterprise, the Dales & Bowland CIC, which runs DalesBus.
Other regular volunteeres (photos coming soon)
Sue Yule who proof reads the Review four times a year - no mean task!
Lynn Leadbeatter - who has supported our longstanding editor of the Review, Fleur Speakman over recent years and has now (mid 2017) taken on the Sub Editor role
Sasha Heseltine - following the retirement of our long standing Editor, Fleur Speakman, in mid 2017, Sasha has stepped in as our new volunteer Editor of the Yorkshire Dales Review - welcome to Sasha!
Although that sounds like a big team, we definitely welcome new volunteers!
Contact us on 01756 749400, or email
Everyone is welcome at our events, members and non members - see Upcoming Events for more information. The next event is a morning guided walk looking at the heritage of Ilkley town, with an afternoon talk about the rejuvenation of the Manor House. Saturday 2 December - all welcome to either/both walk and talk, and afterwards a chance to enjoy the town with its seasonal ambiance.
There are many ways to Support our Charity and be a Friend of the Dales, to help keep the Dales special and vibrant for years to come.
Join us as a member
Make a donation
Leave a gift in your will
Register as a supporter
Help as a volunteer at our events
Our Business members are very valuable to us and we thank them all. For a list of all these businesses, or for more information on the benefits of business membership, click HERE
"it's more beautiful than you realise; the people are open and friendly and have time for you; your phone might not work which is a positive as you'll have more time - slow down and enjoy the silence".
President Sir Gary Verity
Chairman Mark Corner
Canal Wharf, Eshton Road, Gargrave, BD23 3PN.
Charity number 515384.Company limited by guarantee number 1822908