Dr Peter Robinson – Chair of Trustees

Peter is Head of the Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett University. He is author of several books and peer-reviewed journals and has appeared on a number of television and radio programmes discussing the tourism industry. Peter has owned businesses in the travel, ICT, waste management and publishing sectors, and has delivered consultancy work for organisations in a wide range of sectors across the world. In 2021 Peter was Awarded the Victor Middleton Prize for Education and Scholarship by the Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE). Peter is a Fellow of the Tourism Management Institute and the Yorkshire and Humber representative, a Fellow of the Tourism Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Travel and Tourism, and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is Co-Chair of The Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE), a Director of The Institute of Travel and Tourism and he represents ATHE on the Tourism Society Board. He is Chair of a £41m restoration of a historic house and country park near Derby and was formerly Vice-Chair of The Museum of Carpet. His research interests focus on business planning, visitor experiences, heritage management and Cold War tourism. Previously Peter worked as Head of Marketing, Leisure, Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Wolverhampton, and also managed the institution’s Arts Council funded Arena Theatre. Before working in academia Peter managed EU funded projects in the Peak District, tourism projects in Oxfordshire and spent a number of years working for The National Trust. He has been visiting Elvaston since he was 4 years old and lives nearby.


Tamsin Liddle – Vice-Chair

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.
Chris 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
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.


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.
Sheralyn Pattison

Sheralyn began her legal career in 2010 at Nottingham Law School. Sheralyn passed her Graduate Diploma in Law with a Commendation and went on to study the Legal Practice Course, completing this with Distinction. Sheralyn continued study achieving an LLM with Commendation on the study of Family Law in other jurisdictions. Sheralyn has worked in a number of law firms before setting up Derby Legal Assistance. Sheralyn is a Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals. Sheralyn currently works part-time as an Independent Modern Slavery Advocate for Hope for Justice. In addition Sheralyn is a Trustee for Jacob’s Well, Derby and runs the Job Club for Derby City Mission. Prior to studying law, Sheralyn was a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Health and operated as a Health and Safety Practitioner for 15 years. Sheralyn was the Health & Safety Manager (UK and Ireland) for Levi Strauss (UK) Ltd, Assistant Stay Safe Business Partner for Travis Perkins, Health & Safety Advisor for ATS Euromaster and Health & Safety Assistant for Lidl GmbH.


Chris Hallam

A behavioural psychologist by discipline Chris has developed a broad leadership and management skill set through several senior roles in multinational organisations across several industries. He has worked in Banking, Retail, Health Care, Construction & Elite Sport, and his primary focus is always on understanding what makes us behave the way we do. He has a passion for helping people unlock their potential. Outside of his commercial career he has coached Team GB in several championships including the World Transplant Games in 2019 and is currently a mentor to several of our elite coaches through a coaching consultancy business that he owns. Today he is focused on his ability influence and support the communities he lives in and to give something back. To that end he holds two other Non-Executive Director / Trustee positions, one in a local MAT and the other in a local charity community transport business.



Cllr Garry Hickton

I have lived close to the Castle all of my life and I have fond memories of visiting it when I was a young boy. It is very exciting to see the plans for the castle and I am delighted that the castle has a bright future and in good hands. I am in no doubt that the plan will bring prosperity to the area by creating employment for local residents.