Trustees & Team

The Castle Howard Arboretum Trust, the independent charitable trust that administers the Yorkshire Arboretum and manages the collections in Ray Wood, was established in 1994 as a partnership between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Castle Howard Estates Ltd.

Our Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales (photographed at the arboretum with Arboretum Operations Manager, Neil Batty)

The Board of Trustees

  • Professor Alastair Fitter (Chair)

  • Mr Richard Barley

  • Mr Christopher Bridge

  • Dr Helen Crews

  • The Hon Nicholas Howard

  • Mrs Victoria Howard

  • Mrs Jane Ingham

  • Mr Anthony Kirkham

  • Professor Nicola Spence

  • Mr Michael Sturge

  • Dr Alan Suggett

  • Prof Sue Hartley

Professor Fitter became Chair of Trustees in November 2011. He joined the Department of Biology at the University of York in 1972, where he has had a distinguished career, becoming Professor of Ecology in 1992 and Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 2004, retiring in 2013. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005 and appointed CBE in 2010. 

He has published several books on trees, but perhaps his best known publication is his Wild Flowers of Britain and North West Europe, written jointly with his father Richard Fitter and illustrated by Marjorie Blamey. Professor Fitter is is a long-standing member of the arboretum and has undertaken research on mycorrhizal symbioses in our maples.

Dr John Grimshaw became the Trust's Director in 2012. He is a respected gardener, botanist and author, who has written and edited several books, including New Trees, Recent Introductions to Cultivation, with Ross Bayton. His gardening interests are very broad, but specialities include bulbs, ferns and African plants. John Grimshaw's Garden Diary is a popular horticultural blog.