Our Team

Ann Shadrake

Executive Director

Ann Shadrake

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, membership, campaigning and policy work and financial administration. Ann has worked for the charity since January 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.


Victoria Benn

Membership & Events Officer

Victoria Benn

Victoria joined us in April 2021 and works three days a week. The aim of this new post is to have one person committed to promoting Friends of the Dales to different audiences so that the charity and the strength of its voice can continue to grow. Victoria is responsible for the management of our talks, walks, social media 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 and its people and traditions.


Penny Lowe

Administration Assistant

Penny Lowe

Working part-time across 2-3 days per week, Penny joined us in March 2017. Penny works on all aspects of membership administration – sending out welcome packs to new Friends of the Dales, keeping our records up to date, setting up Direct Debit payments and tracking our monthly income and expenditure. Penny has a wide range of experience and skills, having worked for the NHS in a financial role, for a Yorkshire education charity for 16 years and also running her own business offering holistic therapy. 



All the Trustees are unpaid volunteers who together put in hundreds of hours every year to run our registered charity and deliver our campaigning work, communications and events. They also ensure our charity operates legally, for example making sure we comply with our financial and governance obligations from the Charity Commmission, Companies House and the Fundraising Regulator. 

  • Kevin Armstrong
  • Scarlett Armstrong
  • Kyle Blue
  • Wilf Fenten (Vice Chair)
  • Ian Harrison (Treasurer)
  • Ken Humphris
  • Bruce McLeod (Chair)
  • Ian McPherson
  • Marion Temple

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


  • Alastair Humphreys


Volunteers are essential to the delivery of our charity’s work. Volunteers contribute hundreds of hours of unpaid work towards the events and the creation of our magazine – The Yorkshire Dales Review.

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

Bernard Peel

Bernard Peel is our longest standing regular volunteer, having played a big part over the last 10 years in supporting our membership administration and leading/helping at many of our walks and other events. We estimate that Bernard has put in more than 3,000 hours of volunteering to support our charity!

Other regular volunteers

Lynn Leadbeatter

Lynn Leadbeatter – supported our longstanding Editor of the Review, Fleur Speakman for many years, becoming Sub Editor in 2017.

Prue Harrison

Prue Harrison –  our volunteer Editor of the Yorkshire Dales Review since August 2020.

We always welcome new volunteers especially those interested in helping at events or finding out about becoming a Trustee.