Sita BrandSita Brand - Chief Executive

On leaving university Sita's first job was as a Storyteller with Common Lore. Since then she has worked as an actress, writer, producer, theatre director and teacher of meditation and mindfulness. She's worked in schools, libraries, theatres, arts organisations large and small and prisons. Her favourite story as a child was Rapunzel. She dyed her hair once in an effort to have long golden hair. But that's another story. When she's not at Settle Stories she works as a storyteller and as an arts and heritage consultant.


Charles Tyrer - Communications & Events Manager                                                                    

Charles loves organising things and started setting up arts events at 16. With a first class degree in Drama and Performance from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, he's enjoying a career in arts, communications and events management with Settle Stories. He teaches playwriting for young people and runs workshops in public speaking. He has run courses both in Settle, and as far away as Italy. His favourite story is 'The Collector' by John Fowles.



Hazel Richardson - Heritage Project Officer 

After university, Hazel taught English at several Further Education Colleges.  She continued her interest in the study of language through an M.Ed in Linguistics. She has worked for several charities and joined the team at Settle Stories following their successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver an exciting new project, Tom Twistleton 100, in her roles as Heritage Project Officer. 

When she's not at Settle Stories, Hazel also works part time in Settle Library and invigilates at Settle College. She loves poetry and her favourite story is Cinderella, which her sister used to read to her.



Gillian Muir - Finance Manager

Starting life as a biologist, Gillian has a BSc (Hons) in Biology and a PhD in Molecular Biology. Following a move from bonny Scotland to the Yorkshire Dales in 2002, and planning on staying for just a year, she's now settled down here with her family. In recent years she's re-trained in accountancy and works for several local firms in the area including working part time for Settle Stories. Gillian's also a book worm, her favourite book being Ian Bank's, The Wasp Factory. 




Declan Cardus - Apprentice

Declan is undertaking a Business Skills  apprenticeship with Settle Stories. Before joining the team, he spent 2 years learning about Digital Media and Business at Craven College. Declan is a local lad and has volunteered for events such as The Festival of Happiness (2017) before his official enrollment. He's enjoying getting stuck in with a variety of tasks at Settle Stories and has shown a great interest in photography and film-making. In his spare time Declan can often be spotted free running out and about in Settle. 

During events we are joined by

Tony CrosslandTony Crossland - Event Photographer

After a career in aviation, Tony returned to his first love - photography. He seeks out the detail in every image and enjoys taking photos of Settle Stories events.