The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust was established in 2004 as a Registered Charity, working to enhance and protect the rivers of the Yorkshire Dales for the benefit of everyone. By working in partnership with landowners, businesses, land managers and the public, we aim to care for the rivers, streams and catchments of the Swale, Ure, Nidd, Wharfe and Ouse as sources of pure water, as habitats for aquatic and other wildlife, and as havens of quiet recreation for anglers and everyone to enjoy. We engage with schools and communities to inform children and the wider public, to ensure a better understanding, care and appreciation of our rivers and associated habitats.


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Dr Marie Taylor

Operations Director

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Charlotte Simons

Senior Catchment Partnership Officer

Sarah Clarke

Senior Catchment Partnership Officer

Catherine Mason

Education and Engagement Officer

Eleri Pritchard

Project Officer

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Abigail Mace

Farming and Conservation Officer

Tim Longstaff

Tees-Swale Metal Mines Project Manager

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Fern Wilkinson

Assistant Project Officer


  • Robert Brown
  • Jamie Roberts
  • Chris Ryder
  • Dr Stephen Axford
  • Mark Facer

Trustee Vacancies

Trustees serve for a fixed number of years and then retire. As such we are always looking out for people who care about our rivers and who have the expertise to help us as a charity, particularly people with expertise in charity fund raising, communications and marketing to help develop and grow the organisation. If you are interested please contact the Chair in the first instance:



Lord Masham


Robert Brown
& Jamie Roberts




Mark Facer

Working together to protect and enhance
river environments for future generations

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