Development Board

Elvaston Castle Development Board

The Elvaston Castle Development Board is an advisory body that is working in partnership with the council to develop the planned single management body for the Elvaston estate. The management body will take the form of a charitable trust and following a legal agreement with the Council such as a lease, could eventually take on responsibility for the Estate.

The board was created by Derbyshire County Council in 2015 to bring commercial and business acumen, innovation and enterprise to the project as the 10 year Vision and Plan is implemented, while keeping true to the six guiding principles agreed by the council.

The members of the board are:

  • Tony Palmer, Chair of the Development Board
  • Councillor Paul Dunn, Derbyshire County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure
  • Clive Keble – who has a background in land management, planning, economic development, funding and partnerships, particularly in the National Forest
  • Peter Robinson - an experienced tourism and events professional, manager and lecturer
  • Jane Plackett – an experienced manager and operations director in the charitable sector, with a particular focus on education and young people
  • Nicolle Charlton –a  qualified accountant, with considerable experience in finance and risk management
  • Karen Jacques – who brings a background in horticulture, greenspace and heritage management
  • Rick Strand – a member of Elvaston Parish Council

Tony Palmer, Chair of Elvaston Castle Development Board

After a successful career in the public sector,including senior positions with British Coal and the NHS, Tony Palmer has had a number of roles in the voluntary sector including member of the Regional Advisory Board for the National Trust in the Midlands, and is currently Chair of Trustees at Creswell Groundwork, as well as serving on the management and volunteer committee at Eyam Hall, Derbyshire.