Members of Staff

Dan Turner

Dan Turner

Senior Project Officer

Dan has worked for the YDRT since completing his degree in Environmental Sciences at Leeds University. Dan was brought up on an agricultural estate in Cumbria, where his father is farm manager, and he worked for the Eden Rivers Trust in a voluntary capacity since the age of 17 years. Whilst at University he assisted with voluntary work on the Freshwater Pearl Mussel Arc project with the Freshwater Biological Association. Dan works out of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority offices at Colvend, Grassington and coordinates a wide variety of projects. Dan is a self-confessed climbing addict and spends most of his free time bouldering.

Caitlin Pearson

Caitlin Pearson

Project Officer

Caitlin joined the Trust in summer 2015 and works alongside Dan and Rita to develop and deliver projects. Caitlin has recently finished her PhD research on the effects of livestock farming on stream invertebrates communities. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Geography and a research Masters on the distribution of native crayfish in Northumberland at Durham University. In between her studies she has worked on projects with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and as an outdoor education tutor. In her free time Caitlin enjoys fell running, cycling and orienteering.

Rita Mercer

Rita Mercer

Catchment Co-ordinator

Rita joined the Trust in 2014 and works to coordinate the Dales to Vales River Network and establish projects. Since completing her degree in Environmental Biology at Liverpool University Rita has lived and worked in North Yorkshire for 25 years. Her first job in the Dales was for the Nature Conservancy Council, surveying all of the limestone pavements. In 1991 she became one of the first Advisers on the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme, working with farmers and landowners advising on environmental land management and administering their agreements, before being promoted to Senior Adviser in 2001. In 2008 Rita left Natural England and set up her own business completing Farm Environmental Plans and helping with Environmental Stewardship applications. Rita has 2 sons, 3 dogs, half a horse, 4 hens and a big garden to keep her busy!

Appointments

  • President: Lord Masham
  • Chairman: Andy Brown
  • Secretary: Andy Brown (acting)
  • Treasurer: David Hartley

Trustees

  • Andy Brown
  • Chris Ryder
  • Andrew Lawson
  • Tom Orde-Powlett
  • David Hartley
  • Frank Broughton
  • Andrew Fallows
  • Angus Hunter-Smart
  • Robert Brown
  • Pat O’Brien
  • Jamie Roberts