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  
david.sharrod@ydmt.org
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.

Fundraising

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


Leah Galloway, Fundraiser 
info@ydmt.org
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.


Sarah Pettifer, Marketing and Communications Officer 
media@ydmt.org
My favourite place in the Dales
Grassington as I spent lots of fun family days out there when I was little. I still enjoy visiting now for a potter round some of the little shops, tea and cake in a café, or a walk with the dog. In the spring I love walking through the bluebells and primroses in Grass Wood, and in early summer the hay meadows in the old hospital grounds are full of beautiful wildflowers. Fish and chips by the river rounds off the day very nicely.


Lindsay Wallace, Marketing and Communications Officer
lindsay.wallace@ydmt.org
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 natures 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
isobel.hall@ydmt.org
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 natureof the valley.


Don Gamble, Stories in Stone Scheme Manager
don.gamble@ydmt.org
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 Environment project. Our Muker Meadows walk leaflet includes the option to visit the remains. 


Debbie Boswell, Stories in Stone Discover Ingleborough Officer
debbie.boswell@ydmt.org
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 
anthea.hanson@ydmt.org
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 
chris.lodge@ydmt.org
My favourite place in the Dales


Judy Rogers, Ingleborough for All Officer & People and the DALES Community Officer 
judy.rogers@ydmt.org
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. 


Hannah Rose, Stories in Stone Administrator
hannah.rose@ydmt.org
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 
carol.douglas@ydmt.org 
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 
gail.smith@ydmt.org
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
jo.boulter@ydmt.org
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 
sarah.deane@ydmt.org
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
rima.berry@ydmt.org
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.


Sarah Robinson, Bowland Hay Time Project Officer
sarah.robinson@lancashire.gov.uk
My favourite place in the Dales
Colt Park Meadows for me! A fantastic set of flower rich meadows which are also used for research and teaching, helping to nurture the next generation of naturalists.


Tanya St. Pierre, Hay Time & Meadow Links Project Officer 
Roger Stott Community Grants Officer 
tanya.stpierre@ydmt.org
My favourite place in the Dales
So many to choose from! I’d say Scales Moor on the southern flanks of Whernside. Why? Because of its dramatic white landscape of smooth waterwashed limestone pavements, potholes and unusual boulders such as the Obelisk, and the sweeping views towards Ingleborough which are simply stunning. Winter or summer, it’s the perfect place to escape to and immerse yourself in its solitude.


Adrian Shepherd, Long Preston Floodplain Project Officer
adrian.shepherd@ydmt.org
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!

Finance and Administration

Jane Massey, Finance Officer
jane.massey@ydmt.org
My favourite place in the Dales


Shona Holmes, Facilities & HR Officer
shona.holmes@ydmt.org
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
gavin.kennedy@ydmt.org
My favourite place in the Dales
Kingsdale near Ingleton, because it’s a quiet valley with fantastic views ranging from Ingleborough through to Dentdale.