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.

President & Trustees

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Sir Rodney Brooke CBE DL (President)

  • 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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Julia Richards

  • Currently a Learning and Development Consultant and Medical Herbalist
  • Previously an Art and History secondary teacher and HR manager
  • Experience of working in public, private and third sectors across a range of industries in the UK and Australia. A member of the CIPD
  • Interests in the arts and passionate about continuous learning, personal development and good health
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Roger J Tilbrook MRICS

  • Chartered Building Surveyor and Director of a successful private practice.
  • Specialist in Project Management with knowledge and experience in refurbishment and maintenance.
  • Proven track record of developing strategic master plans plans to deliver long term sustainable solutions.
  • Successful history of volunteering, fund raising and contributing to community projects in UK and abroad since 1984.
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Sarah Thomas (Chair)

  • Chair of the Ilkley Manor House Trust
  • Former NHS Director
  • Former 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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Daisy Johnson AssocRTPI

  • Currently a project manager in the built environment
  • Ten years' experience in neighbourhood regeneration in north London, developing and delivering a community masterplan, including securing over £2m grant funding, remodelling a park, and directing nine street festivals as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad
  • Experience in planning and regeneration; community engagement and partnership working; grant getting; festivals, events and PR; procurement, governance and project management
  • LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/daisy-johnson
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Jenna Holmes

  • Former curator in arts, museums and heritage at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, developing a contemporary arts programme which commissioned writers, artists and creatives to create new work within a heritage context

The Trust has brought the main building and Victorian cottages back into full use for the benefit of the local community, local creative businesses and visitors, working with a range of partners to create a vibrant heritage, arts, leisure and learning centre for our town.

The Trust is continuing to explore the future development of the building to improve access and catering facilities, both of which will be essential to the core activities of the future sustainability of the Manor House.


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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