Elvaston Castle & Gardens Trust

Working with the local community and other stakeholders we have developed an exciting Vision for the future of Elvaston, which we believe can best be delivered by transferring the Estate to a new managing body, the Elvaston Castle & Gardens Charitable Trust (ECGT).


In February 2017, 10 Trustees were appointed:

Andrew Baker

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.

Karen Byrne

Karen has over fifteen years asset transfer and estates management experience coupled with significant community engagement work as well as complementary roles in business advice and support.

Councillor Tony King

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

Clive Keble

Clive is a town planner and regeneration specialist, working for over 30 years in senior positions across the Midlands, before setting up a consultancy in 2011. He has long known Elvaston and has been a trustee with several environmental charities.

John Knight

John has worked in the voluntary sector for 31 years helping and leading several charities to deliver the aims and raising significant funds from a range of sources. He lives close to Elvaston Castle and regularly uses the grounds with his family walking, running and cycling.

Christopher Manning

Chris is a trained accountant, who works as Executive Director of Finance & Administration at Landau Forte Charitable Trust based in Derby, a Trust of six Academies across the Midlands.

Darren Oxnard

Darren is a Senior Commercial Manager for a Building Asset firm, Arcadis. He is a competent and experienced construction professional within a number of services sectors, with detailed knowledge of the residential, commercial and retail world.

Tony Palmer

Tony spent his career in the coal industry, ending as a Regional Director and the Head of the British Coal Property Division. Previously a member of the National Trust Regional Advisory Board (Midlands), he is also Chair of Creswell Groundwork Trust.

Jane Plackett

Jane is founder and director of Ruach Trust, and passionate about community engagement, education opportunities for young people, and social enterprise. She is also Curate (vicar) of Elvaston Parish Church.

Dr Peter Robinson

Peter is an experienced manager, lecturer, business mentor and local business owner. He is Head of Marketing, Innovation, Leisure and Enterprise at University of Wolverhampton, and is also an author and photographer. He has worked with over 500 businesses, mainly in the tourism, hospitality and events sectors.

Early work of the Trust

Trustees will be involved in creating and building the Elvaston Castle and Gardens Trust into an effective charity to work collaboratively with Derbyshire County Council: Work in the early years will include:

  • Finalising a draft 3 year business plan for the new Trust;
  • Working with the Council to undertake detailed master-planning for the Estate’s regeneration and associated capital programme;
  • Shaping an emerging fund-raising strategy and working with the Council to secure major funding to implement the first phases of the master-plan;
  • Identifying, shaping and implementing new commercial initiatives and opportunities;
  • Subject to funding, recruiting a Project Development Officer to support the early development of the Trust.

Trustees will also be involved in planning how and when the proposed long lease transfer of the Estate and staff takes place, so that the Trust and Elvaston has the best chance of long-term success. 

Charitable Objectives

The charitable objectives of the Elvaston Castle and Gardens Trust are:

1.  Conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural

     environment of Elvaston Castle, estate, gardens and surrounding area;

2.  Education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the

     physical and natural environment; 

3.  Development of the capacity and skills of members of the public so that they are

     better able to identify and help to meet their needs and participate more fully in


4.  The provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation in the

     interests of social welfare and improving life conditions.

Further information on the Trust

If you would like further information on the Elvaston Castle and Gardens Trust, please contact Charles Heaney, Derbyshire County Council on charles.heaney@derbyshire.gov.uk