The Ilkley Manor House Trust has been registered as a charity limited by guarantee. It is made up of local residents who came together because they care about the building’s wellbeing and want to create a long-term plan for the Manor House as a community asset.

The trustees are volunteers and are responsible for developing and managing the Manor House, along with any private events and public access on the site.


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Sir Rodney Brooke CBE DL

  • President of the Ilkley Manor House Trust
  • Former Chief Executive of the West Yorkshire County Council, Westminster Council and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities
  • He has chaired many national bodies and is currently Chair of the Board of the West Yorkshire Playhouse
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John Cockshott

  • A solicitor
  • 30 years of experience in the Building Society movement
  • Chair of The Friends of Manor House since 2002
  • Interests include Roman History
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Devon Allen

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Sarah Thomas

  • Chair of the Ilkley Manor House Trust
  • Former NHS Director
  • Chair of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations
  • Currently chair of Ilkley Arts, delivering the annual Art Trail and other art events in Ilkley
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Ruth Pitt

  • Journalist and television producer
  • Former head of several creative departments at the BBC and ITV
  • Media strategist and regular conference and event chair
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Daisy Johnson

  • Project manager in regeneration and the built environment
  • Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Fellow of the Institute of Place Management

The Trust aims to bring the main building back into full use for the benefit of the local community and visitors, working with a range of partners to create a vibrant heritage, arts, leisure and learning centre for our town. An exhibition showcasing the town’s heritage will sit alongside studios and event space for hire, arts and cultural activities and a café.

The Trust is also exploring ways to develop the associated cottages for combined tourism, heritage and community use. The Trust intends to launch a public appeal for funds to enable the construction of a sensitively designed extension to the building and to provide disabled access and catering facilities, both of which will be essential to the core activities of the project.

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