Our Team

Ann Shadrake

Executive Director

Ann works closely with the trustees of the charity and manages a team of volunteers. Ann works part-time across four days per week and is responsible for managing and implementing the charity’s strategy, campaigning and policy work and financial administration. Ann has worked for the charity since 2011. 

Ann has a MSc in Natural Resource Management and has worked for a number of Yorkshire based charities and the national park authority in management and fundraising roles.


Ann Shadrake

Victoria Benn

Membership & Events Officer

Victoria joined us in 2021 and works three days a week. Victoria is responsible for the management of our events, social media, communications and publicity. Victoria is already well known as a feature writer across several regional publications and has also written two books about the Yorkshire Dales, its people and traditions.


Victoria Benn

Penny Lowe

Administration Assistant

Working part-time across two-three days per week, Penny joined us in 2017. Penny works on all aspects of membership administration – sending out welcome packs to new Friends of the Dales and tracking our monthly income and expenditure. Penny has a wide range of experience and skills, having worked for the NHS, a Yorkshire education charity and also running her own business offering holistic therapy. 


Penny Lowe


All our trustees are unpaid volunteers, who together help to run our charity and deliver our campaigning work, communications and events. They also ensure we operate legally and comply with our financial and governance obligations from the Charity Commission, Companies House and the Fundraising Regulator. 

Kevin Armstrong

Scarlett Armstrong

Rachael Caton

Mohammed Dhalech

Ian Harrison (Treasurer)

Ken Humphris

Bruce McLeod (Chair)

Ian McPherson

Jonathan Riley

Nancy Stedman

Honorary positions, elected annually at the AGM


  • Dr Amy-Jane Beer

Vice presidents

  • Prof Rick Battarbee
  • Mark Corner
  • David Joy
  • Dr Malcolm Petyt
  • Dr Colin Speakman
  • Marion Temple


Volunteers are essential to the delivery of our work, contributing hundreds of hours towards events and the creation of our quarterly magazine, Yorkshire Dales Review.

To find out more about volunteering, phone us on 01756 749400 or email Victoria Benn

Lynn Leadbeatter

Lynn Leadbeatter – has been the volunteer sub editor of the Yorkshire Dales Review since 2017.

Prue Harrison – has been volunteer editor of the Yorkshire Dales Review since 2020.

Prue Harrison
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Bernard Peel is our longest standing volunteer. We estimate that Bernard has put in more than 4,000 hours of volunteering to support our charity. Trustees awarded Bernard an Honorary Membership of Friends of the Dales in recognition of his high level of volunteer commitment. 

If you are interested in volunteering or want to talk about becoming a trustee, email Victoria Benn.