We are the only membership charity campaigning for the protection and enjoyment of the Dales
 We are the only membership charity campaigning for the protection and enjoyment of the Dales

Our team

Here are some of the key people involved with Friends of the Dales, and our charity the Yorkshire Dales Society.

Ann Shadrake

Executive Director


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. 

Penny Lowe

Administration Assistant

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. 

Both Ann and Penny are based at the charity's offices at Gargrave, near Skipton.

They can be contacted on 01756 749400 or by email

Ann Shadrake, Executive Director

Penny Lowe, Administration Assistant


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. 


Hilary Baker

Jon Beavan

Kyle Blue

Anthony Bradley

Mark Corner 

Ann Cryer (Vice President)

Wilf Fenten

Chris Hartley

Ian Harrison (Treasurer)

Julie Martin

Bruce McLeod (Chair)

Malcolm Petyt (Vice President)

Tony Smith

Nancy Stedman

Mike Stephenson

Marion Temple

Our Honorary positions, elected annually at the AGM

Vice Presidents

  • Mrs Ann Cryer
  • Dr Malcolm Petyt
  • Dr Colin Speakman

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

Ann Shadrake, Executive Director

Penny Lowe, Administration Assistant

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

Rod and Judith Clough who organise and serve tea & biscuits at our indoor events and wash up afterwards - they have done this invaluable role for many years! 

Other regular volunteeres (photos coming soon)

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 especailly those interested in helping at events or finding out about becoming a Trustee. 

Contact us on 01756 749400, or email

Ann Shadrake, Executive Director

Penny Lowe, Administration Assistant

We have cancelled all forthcoming events due to coronavirus. 

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

Bill Bryson, a supporter, says :

"There isn't a more glorious and beguiling landscape anywhere, or one more deserving of our support. It really is as simple as that"

Alastair Humphreys 

Our Patron

says :


"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".

Alastair’s quest for adventure began young. Aged 8, he completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge over 26 miles 

Chair: Bruce McLeod

Registered Address:

Canal Wharf, Eshton Road, Gargrave, BD23 3PN.

Charity number 515384.Company limited by guarantee number 1822908

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