Settle Stories is supported by a Board of Trustees whose knowledge and experience span business, communications, finance, education, heritage, communities 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 - Treasure

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.

Ann Rutherford

Ann has been working in the arts and creative industries for over 30 years. After a career specialising in museum exhibition design for the British Museum and Redman Design in Ilkley, she ran her own businesses focussing on museum displays, and creative project commissions.

Ann now works for arts organisations in Leeds and Bradford, taking a lead on activating temporary spaces for artists. Also workiing with organisations in North Yorkshire, Ann is also a practicing artist instigating drawing projects on landscape, journeys and place.

On days off, Ann spends time with her 3 grown up children, and in the countryside, cycling, running and climbing with her partner John.

Ann’s favourite stories are the wild and imaginative worlds created by Angela Carter.



Rebecca Hill 

Rebecca has over 25 years experience in local government starting out as a Sports Development Officer and moving on to her current her role as Town Clerk for Settle. Many local tales are a daily part of a Town Clerks life and this continues to feed her enthusiasm for story telling. She has 2 grown up children who loved her made up bedtime stories about squirrels. Whenever possible Rebecca will seek out a spot for wild swimming and enjoys cycling with her partner. A favourite story was ‘Her Benny’ by Silas Hocking  about a young boy growing up in Liverpool and his little match girl sister.





Simon Whitaker

Simon stared his career as an Assitant Stage Manager and became the Stage Manager with Sir Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. In the 80's he diversified into scenic construction and founded Stage One Creative Services where he was MD up until 2006, working with corporate ’theatre’ worldwide. Now Simon works on the other side of lens in event management and consulting to those involved in the supply chain to the to now billion dollar market of ‘Live Events’.

Simon lives in Giggleswick with wife Di and 2 labradors Bobby & Tiffin.  He loves the outdoors, countryside, skiing and tinkering with old Land Rovers.  I am also a Volunteer Yorkshire Dales Ranger.
He loves technical books and a favourite is Stage Lighting Design by Richard Pilbrow one of the worlds greatest.  He loves simple children’s books and its hard to beat The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Sara Jane Murray

Sara Jane worked as a Paramedic in London before joining the voluntary sector and supporting people with Motor Neurone Disease for 8 years as a Care Development Officer with the MND Association. She became interested in how the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we tell the world about ourselves impact on our health and well-being. When she moved back to Yorkshire four years ago she became coach and trainer in compassion fatigue and burnout, mainly working in palliative care.  She is a great believer in the power of art, stories and the natural environment to heal and bring balance to our, often hectic, lives.

When not working Sara Jane enjoys getting out into the Dales with her 2 dogs and is a keen (albeit slow!) fell runner and wild swimmer. Her favourite stories are found in the poetry of Mary Oliver and the works of Kazuo Ishiguro, with 'Never Let Me Go' a particular favourite.

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