The Trustees

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

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

    Chair

    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

    Vice-Chair

    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.

  • Graham Cleverly

    Immediate Past Chair

    Graham is a chartered civil engineer with his own consultancy company with overseas experience in International development with major organisations including the World Bank and EBRD. He also served on the EBRD’s Independent Recourse Mechanism (IRM) for 5 years investigating complaints. He still works part time on reservoir safety in the UK and on drinking water regulatory issues in Kosovo. He became a Trustee in 2013 and takes a particular interest in building work and the Folly and Zion gardens. His interests include gardening and the playing the piano. He has lived in Austwick for seven years and is actively involved in several community organisations and societies.

  • Steve Garland

    Trustee

    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.

  • Sue Mann

    Trustee

    Sue joined the Board in 2020. She worked in the Third Sector for many years, notably with Age Concern, Help the Aged and, finally, Age UK. Since retiring from paid work she has been involved with Clapham Community Shop which received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2019. Sue is the Board Champion for Health and Wellbeing and Secretary to the Executive Committee.

  • Lynn Northrop

    Trustee

    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.

  • Gillian Roberts

    Trustee

    Gillian joined the Board in 2020. She was born and bred in the local area. Previous generations of her paternal family were farmers and she is still very much a part of the local farming community. She originally worked in antiques, particularly jewellery and silverware. She has a degree in the history of art, is a keen collector and is passionate about conserving local art and artefacts. Gillian also has a degree in law, specialising in International Human Rights. She has done voluntary work with asylum seekers and has undertaken volunteer counselling/facilitator roles in a variety of organisations for disadvantaged groups. She has a love of the local area and is committed to preserving and sharing it so it can be an enjoyable and inclusive experience both for the people of North Craven and those far beyond.

  • Pat Simpson

    Trustee

    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.

  • Andrew Marshall

    Finance Advisor:

    Andrew is a retired Chartered Accountant with extensive management experience in a variety of industries including Imperial Tobacco. He ran his own consultancy company for 10 years, helping charities with business planning, financial management and fundraising. Since 2004, this has continued on a voluntary basis. He joined NCBPT in September 2019 as a Finance Advisor.