A team of VOLUNTEERS

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.

Trustees

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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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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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Sarah Thomas

  • 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
  • Experience in curating, creative development, fundraising, and partnership-working

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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