Ann works closely with the Trustees of the charity and manages a team of volunteers. Ann works part-time across four days in the week and is responsible for managing and implementing the charity's strategy, membership, campaigning and policy work, publicity and financial administration. Ann has worked for the charity since January 2011.
Ann has a MSc in Natural Resource Management and has worked for a number of Yorkshire based charities and the national park authority in management and fundraising roles.
Working part-time across two - three 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.
Membership and Events Officer
Working part time, three days per week, Victoria joined us in April 2021. The aim of this new post is to have one person committed to promoting Friends of the Dales to different audiences so that the charity and the strength of its voice can continue to grow. Victoria is responsible for the management of our talks, walks, social media and publicity. Victoria is already well known as a feature writer across several regional publications and has also written two books about the Yorkshire Dales and its people and traditions.
All the Trustees are unpaid volunteers who together put in hundreds of hours 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.
2. Scarlett Armstrong
3. Kyle Blue
4. Anthony Bradley
5. Mark Corner
6. Wilf Fenten (Vice Chair)
7. Ian Harrison (Treasurer)
8. Ken Humphris
9. Julie Martin
10. Bruce McLeod (Chair)
11. Ian McPherson
12. Malcolm Petyt (Vice President)
13. Tony Smith
14. Nancy Stedman
15. Mike Stephenson
16. Marion Temple
Our Honorary positions, elected annually at the AGM
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: Victoria Benn
Photo: Tree guard collection event March 2020 by Ann Shadrake
Bernard Peel is our longest standing regular volunteer, having played a big part over the last 10 years (and more) in supporting our membership administration and leading/helping at many of our walks and other events.
We estimate that Bernard has put in over 3,500 hours of volunteering to support our charity - and counting!
Other regular volunteers
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
Prue Harrison - our new volunteer Editor of the Yorkshire Dales Review from August 2020 - welcome to Prue! Prue takes over from Sasha Heseltine who has ably edited the Review since mid 2017.
Would you like to volunteer to support our charity?
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".
Chair: Bruce McLeod
Canal Wharf, Eshton Road, Gargrave, BD23 3PN.
Charity number 515384.Company limited by guarantee number 1822908