The current Trustees of ECGT are:

Dr Peter Robinson – Chair of Trustees

Peter is Head of the Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett University. He is an author of several books including the first textbook about the Travel Industry, and has appeared on a number of television and radio programmes discussing the tourism sector. He has been a regular visitor to Elvaston since a school trip when he was 4 years old. 

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. Peter is a Fellow of the Tourism Management Institute and the Yorkshire and Humber representative, a Fellow of the Tourism Society and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also a semi-professional photographer, keen cyclist and has an interest in amateur engineering.


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. 

Andrew Baker 

A former senior manager at Rolls-Royce, Andrew then spent twelve years running and advising community finance businesses and was a director of Social Enterprise East Midlands. He has worked as a business advisor for both start-up and social businesses and got his hands dirty working as a volunteer for the National Trust in the Peak District for 8 years.

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

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 is a technical expert in advanced GPS, video and data systems, with skills in software and IT systems engineering. Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in being a school, college and MAT trustee. He is also involved in the University of Nottingham, where he holds the post of entrepreneur in residence. Andrew has extensive personal experience of building and renovation projects, including taking a derelict 17th century listed building off the at-risk register. Andrew is an enthusiastic member of the trust, and frequent visitor to the park with his family and dog, Ted. Andrew’s particular interest is in increasing the park’s accessibility, widening it’s demographic appeal and it’s use to support our young people with respect to recreation, education, work experience, mental health and wellbeing.

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.


Martin Tucker


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.


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 focussed 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.

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.

Steve Jardine

Steve has worked across creative marketing, communications consultancy and business development initiatives. He is an experienced facilitator of projects and of partnership working that require a balance of mediation and progression. With experience of working at a senior level within multi-national advertising agencies, local consultancies, commercial businesses as well as the service sector, Steve calls on a breadth of differing brand-led experiences . . . and he is enthusiastically excited by the Elvaston opportunity. Steve has a particular interest in tourism and destination marketing, which basically means all initiatives that aim to shape places and deliver memorable visitor experiences to a breadth of communities. Beliefs: clarity, focus, direction.