The current Trustees of ECGT are:

Dr Peter Robinson – Chair of Trustees

Peter is an experienced manager, lecturer, business mentor and local business owner. He is Head of the Centre for Tourism & Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett University, and is also an author and photographer. His background includes work with The National Trust, the management of EU funded business development projects in National Parks and consultancy for a number of major investments in the visitor attractions sector.

Andrew Baker – Vice Chair

A former senior manager at Rolls-Royce, Andrew then spent twelve years supporting community finance businesses, and was a director of Social Enterprise East Midlands.  He continues to work as a business adviser to social businesses.

Christopher Manning – Treasurer

Chris is a trained accountant, who previously worked as Executive Director of Finance & Administration at Landau Forte Charitable Trust based in Derby, a Trust of six Academies across the Midlands. He has just taken up a position with the Diocese of Birmingham

Sarah Oakden

Sarah is currently Head of Marketing at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance, a registered charity and large visitor attraction. Prior to this Sarah held a variety of sales and marketing roles in public and private sector organisations including Leicestershire County Council (Snibston and Bosworth Battlefield), Hilton at St. George’s Park and Alliance Boots. .

Tony King

Tony is Derbyshire County Councillor for Ilkeston West and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council, with the Elvaston Castle Estate included within his brief. .

Tony Dickin

Tony has a background in Furniture manufacture, restoration and conservation and was a Lecturer in Furniture studies for over fifteen years. He has a Masters Degree in Heritage Studies and has a keen interest in Object-based learning. He currently delivers leisure courses in furniture crafts and works in complaints resolution for the furniture industry. Tony has family links to the Elvaston Castle Estate with his Great Grandparents and Grandfather living in Riverside House in the early 20th Century.

Dr Andrew Durrant

Andrew is a professional engineer and the owner of a technology and manufacturing business with offices in the UK, Sri Lanka and the USA. He also has over 10 years’ experience in being a school and college governor. Finally, Andrew has personal experience in taking a derelict 17th century listed building off the at risk register.

David Ashton

Former Global Head of HR with the Denby Group and with a wealth of senior general management experience. He now runs his own consultancy part-time. David is also a Trustee and Governor for the David Nieper Academy and has lived close to, and regularly visited, Elvaston for over 30 years.

Dr Elizabeth Heyworth-Thomas

Liz is a published researcher with interests in sociology, social policy and social enterprise.  Throughout her professional and academic career, Liz has worked with business support networks, government sector organisations and small businesses to deliver a range of community based initiatives. In her personal life, Liz enjoys the countryside and is passionate about providing inclusive opportunities for people to explore the great outdoors as well as preserving Britain’s heritage landscape.

Dr Pete Meakin

Pete was the Creative Producer at Derby LIVE for 11 years, overseeing its programme of indoor and outdoor events, performances and festivals, which regularly played to more than half a million people per year. Pete is also a theatre director and, prior to turning to directing, was a professional actor with over 100 credits in theatre, TV and radio. His doctoral thesis researched the developmental benefits of pretend play for young children. Pete is also a published playwright. He is Derby born and bred and lives in Ockbrook.

Tamsin Liddle

Tamsin is a senior manager at Rolls-Royce plc, working in the programme management function. She has a strong background in procurement, strategy development, change management and stakeholder engagement.

Tamsin has a passion for green spaces, historic buildings and their sustainable preservation for future generations. 

Will Woods

TBC