Our people

Meet our dedicated team of staff at Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and find out our favourite Dales places! 

Our current Chief Executive David Sharrod started as a Project Officer when Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) was first established in 1996. Today we have 23 members of staff working from our offices here in Clapham.

We pride ourselves on being a ‘doing’ organisation, and working hard to achieve practical results. So it goes without saying that our people are a hands-on, enterprising and hardworking bunch, who are passionate about the Yorkshire Dales.

Meet the team

David Sharrod, Chief Executive  
My favourite place in the Dales
Moughton Scar. A vast open and empty, almost lunar, landscape of limestone pavements and scars with Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough as backdrops. Has a sense of scale, of age, of peace. Yet full of life, with the ancient Junipers and delicate flowers sheltering in the grikes and hollows and a haze of purple heather in late summer; and although you rarely see anyone evidence of long use from Celtic huts to one of the longest and most impressive drystone walls in the Dales marching across the skyline.



Jill Brown, Fundraising Administrator
My favourite place in the Dales
Walking the Turbury Road above Kingsdale, because of the space and fabulous views.

Leah Galloway, Fundraiser 
My favourite place in the Dales
Scaleber Force because I think it feels like a hidden place when you find it and reminds me of walks with my Dad when I was younger.

Lindsay Wallace, Marketing and Communications Officer
My favourite place in the Dales
A bit of a cheat but my favourite place is just next door - Brimham Rocks in Nidderdale AONB. It's mother nature's adventure playground - with stunning panoramic views, hundreds of gravity defying rocks to climb and winding pathways to explore. The perfect place to let the kids go wild on a clear winters day when the crowds are at home.


Projects and Grants

Isobel Hall, Programme Manager
My favourite place in the Dales
Dentdale - the first place I came to in the Dales (a long time ago!) and because of the wooded landscape and the twisty, winding nature of the valley.

Don Gamble, Stories in Stone Scheme Manager
My favourite place in the Dales
My favourite view is of Swaledale from the ruined Crackpot Hall. It has everything – dramatic fells, a deep ravine, the crumbling remains of lead mines, and lush meadows in the valley bottom with field barns and dry stone walls. The name Crackpot is thought to come from the Old Norse for crows and pot, the local name for a cave or deep hole. The ruins of the Hall were consolidated as a YDMT-funded Environet project. Our Muker Meadows walk leaflet includes the option to visit the remains. 

Debbie Boswell, Stories in Stone Discover Ingleborough Officer
My favourite place in the Dales
Sulber Gate looking over Thieves Moss, Moughton Scar. Excellent views down into Crummuckdale, great timeless spot for a picnic or just to take a moment!

Anthea Hanson, Stories in Stone Schools Out Officer 
My favourite place in the Dales
My favourite place is the footpath that goes past Broadrake farm in early summer when the meadows are in full flower looking back towards Ribblehead Viaduct on one side and Ingleborough on the other. To make it perfect I would be nursing a cup of tea! 

Chris Lodge, Stories in Stone Project Officer 
My favourite place in the Dales

Judy Rogers, Ingleborough for All Officer & People and the DALES Community Officer 
My favourite place in the Dales
I love sitting at the top of Malham Cove on a summers evening. It’s a great place to sit and watch the peregrines when they are nesting and look out over the place where I call home. 

Rosie Russell-Cohen, Outreach Trainee
My favourite place in the Dales
Ribblehead Viaduct. The industrial and human cost that went into its construction is incredible and devastating. I like that the Viaduct reminds us about an environment that has always been worked. It's about being custodians of traditional Yorkshire landscape and heritage, while also understanding that part of that history includes change and transformation. It's a great thing to talk about with groups visiting! 

Hannah Rose, Stories in Stone Administrator
My favourite place in the Dales
Sat on top of Chapel Fell. Chapel fell has some of the best and most pristine limestone pavement I have ever seen, you also have a cracking view of Highfolds, Great Close Scar, Malham Tarn and Tarn Moss. It is a place no one really goes, so you get to enjoy the peace and quiet (apart from the very noisey grouse and curlews!).

Carol Douglas, Woodland Officer 
My favourite place in the Dales
On top of ‘Winder’, the hill just north of Sedbergh in the Howgills. I must have been up it hundreds of times but it’s always a pleasure. Life just would not be the same for me if I could not walk out my back door and up Winder every week, or sometimes several times a week!

Gail Smith, Green Futures Programme Manager 
My favourite place in the Dales
Sitting on the Paul Holmes bench overlooking the Tarn up at Malham Tarn Field Centre – an amazing view across the Tarn and the surrounding area, really calm and relaxing place to be (especially after a busy day up there with a group!)

Jo Boulter, Rural Trainees Project Officer
My favourite place in the Dales
Janet’s Foss in Malham – AFTER all the tourists have gone! It’s a magical and calming place early morning or in the evening, and great for a bracing swim.

Sarah Deane, Green Guardians Project Officer 
My favourite place in the Dales
Janet's Foss in Malham. It’s a beautiful waterfall, set in woodland with a fairie story to go with it. It gets busy but I always feel calmer from being there.

Rima Berry, LEADER Project Officer
My favourite place in the Dales
Blackstone Edge at the edge of Askrigg Common. I take a breath, enjoy the fell stillness on a foggy day, the mist slipping down into the dale, listen for curlew, grouse, snipe, plover or ring ouzel, sip a flask, and am remade.

Adrian Shepherd, Long Preston Floodplain Project Officer
My favourite place in the Dales
The summit of Gragereth is one of my favourite places. I like the high places, the views from Gragererth are unsurpassed with the 3 Peaks, Lakeland fells and Bowland Fells all in view with the quieter dales of Kingsdale, Bullpot and Barbondale closer at hand with Crag Hill and Calf Top as other lesser known summits. As a native of those parts the fact that it is in Lancashire too, and now in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, are a bonus!

Michaela Brennan, Administrative Officer
My favourite place in the Dales
Bolton Castle in Wensleydale, one of the best preserved medieval castles in Britain, and a one-time prison for Mary
Queen of Scots. The view of Wensleydale from the castle’s tower is outstanding, and there is a lovely walk from the castle
to Freeholder’s Wood and Aysgarth Falls.



Finance and Administration

Jane Massey, Finance Officer

Shona Holmes, Facilities & HR Officer
My favourite place in the Dales
The stepping stones on the river Wharfe (in between Grassington & Linton) as my Mum was born there (In a big house near the St Michaels & All Angels church!) and I spent many summer days splashing around in the river as a family when I was younger.

Gavin Kennedy, Finance Administrator
My favourite place in the Dales
Kingsdale near Ingleton, because it’s a quiet valley with fantastic views ranging from Ingleborough through to Dentdale.