Settle Stories is supported by a Board of Trustees whose knowledge and experience span business, communications, finance, education, heritage, archives and the arts.


Douglas Adamson - Chair

Douglas has had a lifetime writing commercially in advertising, marketing and public relations and has one novel published on Kindle, with a sequel novel about to go live.  He currently uses his writing and marketing skills to help businesses communicate both internally and externally with clarity, brevity and wit. Douglas is married with three grown up children and lives in Harrogate.


Jane Rice-Bowen

Jane recently ran away from the Circus to become an Arts Management Consultant. She is the former CEO of the National Centre for Circus Arts in London and prior to that did everything from producing pantomimes to staging rock concerts. Her favourite story is “The Little Old Lady who lived in a Vinegar Bottle”, the tale of a woman who lives in many different places before she eventually ends up where she began.






Margaret BarkerMargaret Barker

Margaret is a retired teacher. She has been involved with many theatre groups and is passionate about stories, drama and theatre.







Christine North - Treasurer

Christine has spent the last 10 years leading change and transformation programs for FTSE100 companies and currently manages a change team at one of the big 6 UK energy suppliers.  Christine is inspired by the power of storytelling in business - to engage and excite people about their company's strategy and to help senior managers get things done through strong, compelling narratives for change.  She also loves cheesy tales of love against the odds and the occasional Roald Dahl.




David Sexton

David has a background in design and a 20 year career in architecture, interior design and property development, as well as 15 years as a small business owner.

Currently he runs a successful self-catering holiday business in Settle and has an interest in the Yorkshire Dales.  He is a small business owner and a lover of the great outdoors.






Gerhard Quinn

Gerhard has 25 years' experience in risk management and governance, and is currently involved in prudential risk at Yorkshire Building Society. His favourite story is "Drie Kaalkoppe eet saam" (Three baldheads eat together) by Jan Rabie from his native South Africa, a tale gruesome enough to make Tarantino flinch, with a message about the danger of greed.







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