The Trustees


The Trust is managed by the Board of Trustees and four sub-committees:

  • Board of Trustees : Bi-monthly meetings
  • Buildings Preservation Committee : Meetings as necessary
  • Governance Committee : Meetings as necessary
  • Folly/Zion Development Project Board : Monthly meetings
  • Marketing Committee: Quarterly meetings

To get in touch with any of our Trustees, please use our contact form and your email will be forwarded.

We currently have vacancies for new trustees. If you are interested in joining the Board, please take a look at our recruitment pack.

Trustees and advisors

  • Heather Lane


    Heather joined the Board in 2019 and is the Trust’s Honorary Curator. She is a cultural heritage consultant and an expert advisor to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. She was Librarian and Keeper of Collections at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, where she established the Polar Museum. She also chaired the University of Cambridge Museums Steering Group. Heather has been interim Chief Executive of Scarborough Museums Trust, worked on the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City bid and managed the renovation of the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge. She is a keen gardener and lives in Littondale.

  • Simon Myers


    Simon is Dales born and bred and practised for nearly 30 years as a barrister. He then took over his family’s long established Antiques business in Gargrave.  He is Deputy Leader of Craven District Council and is responsible for the £4 million refurbishment of the Town Hall in Skipton and Craven Museum to provide a 21st century community asset. He is involved with a number of local charities and community groups. He has a lifelong interest in the Arts, Architecture and Conservation and is a long time member of a number of related trusts and charities. He was a close friend of the late Christopher Dawson who first restored The Folly and has known the building all his life. Simon lives on a farm in Malhamdale where he keeps rare breed cattle and unruly dogs.

  • Richard Greenhalgh

    Hon. Treasurer

    Richard is a retired Chartered Accountant and has been the Honorary Treasurer of the Trust since October 2020. Although his work has been predominantly in developing and running several large tropical sugar estate projects overseas with Tate & Lyle, he and his family have lived in the Settle/Giggleswick area for over 30 years. Originally from Leeds and still a strong Leeds Rugby League supporter, he is pleased to be able to use his skills and knowledge in the ongoing development of The Folly and especially the Zion Chapel.

  • Ged Benn


    Ged joined the Board in December 2021, having been a valued member of the volunteer garden team for several years. He takes a particular interest in the maintenance of the buildings and grounds in the Trust's care.

  • Emily Coulthard

    Youth Trustee

    Emily was elected to the Board in October 2021. She is the Collections Hazards Officer at the Railway Museum in York, having previously worked at the Thackray Museum in Leeds. She is a member of our Marketing Working Group.

  • Rachel Flaxman

    Youth Trustee

    Rachel was elected to the Board in October 2021. She worked for the Science Museum in London and is currently Assistant Curator at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon. Her focus is curatorial and interpretation work, and she hopes to broaden her experience working on a wide range of projects at NCBPT. She is a member of our Marketing Working Group.

  • Steve Garland


    Steve is a retired museum professional with around 40 years of experience, including curatorial work and management of a range of museums and other cultural organisations across the UK. He also chairs the Stories in Stone Lottery project and is chair of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

  • Lynn Northrop


    Lynn is a registered architect who works part time, from home, for an architectural practice that specialises in conservation architecture. She has been responsible for alterations to many of the local and Dales churches and listed buildings. She became Trustee in 2015. Lynn is a founder member of the Craven Community Land Trust. She has lived in Giggleswick for more than 20 years.

  • Caroline Rosier

    Trustee, Visitor Engagement & Safeguarding Lead

    Caroline is a retired University Lecturer specialising in Education, Training and Development. In addition she has training in Country House Studies and conservation. Since leaving work, Caroline has undertaken consultancy in management and organisational development; mainly in the public sector. In addition, Caroline has ten years experience of working in museums, both at Craven Museum in Skipton and at George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia, USA. Caroline has been a volunteer at The Folly since January 2020, working with the Collections team and on the Admissions desk. She currently represents the museum on the Front of House (FOH) cohort with Museums Development Yorkshire and has attended many of their workshops and seminars. As lead volunteer FOH she is responsible for the training and development of FOH volunteers. She holds a lifelong interest in the built environment and is passionate about its preservation: Caroline is fully committed to the preservation of The Folly and its collections, and to making them accessible to our diverse community.

  • Pat Simpson


    Pat has been a trustee of NCBPT since 1988. She has a particular affection for The Folly, as her late husband Stanley was a founder member of the Museum of North Craven Life from 1976 and she has been a volunteer since 1990. Following her marriage in July 1960, Pat moved to Giggleswick and took up her first teaching post in Skipton. Between 1964 and 1972 she took time out to raise her two children, before returning to work first as a supply teacher in local primary schools, then to a full time post in 1977. Throughout almost 60 years in Giggleswick she has been an active member of many groups that are very important to her, including Settle Choral Society, Giggleswick School Choral Society, Giggleswick Horticultural Society, St Alkelda’s Church (for ten years as Treasurer) and Choir, and the Mothers Union. She was a Governor of Giggleswick Primary school for 6 years, a Parish Councillor for 21 years and, as a member of Settle friends of Chernobyl, supported learning activities during the annual visits 1998–2008.

  • Martin Wills

    Accreditation Mentor

    Martin has been the Museum's Accreditation mentor since 2018. He has worked for UNESCO in Indonesia, for the Royal Armouries, Craven Museum & Gallery, Ripon Museums and the Science +Media Museum in Bradford.

  • + Andrew Marshall

    It was with great sorrow that we heard of the death of Andrew Marshall on 4 March 2022. Andrew joined NCBPT in September 2019 as our independent Financial Advisor. He was a retired Chartered Accountant with extensive management experience and ran his own consultancy company for 10 years, helping charities with business planning, financial management and fundraising. His colleagues and friends at the Trust will greatly miss his wise counsel and good humour and extend our sincere condolences to his family.