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Heather Hancock - Chair of our Board 

Heather Hancock became Chair of the Board in April 2016. She previously served as Deputy Chair from October 2015.
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Heather Hancock has a number of other non-executive roles. She is a NED for Rural Solutions Ltd and a Trustee of the Chatsworth Settlement Trust. She is a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and a Commissioner for North Yorkshire County Council’s commission to report on the sustainability of remote rural communities in the county.

She was a Managing Partner of Deloitte in the UK and Switzerland from 2008-2014, and was part of Deloitte’s global leadership from 2010, having joined the firm to lead part of the strategy business in the early 2000s. Prior to her executive role at Deloitte, Heather served as an elected member of the firm’s governance Board.

In 2013, Heather Hancock was awarded the LVO in the New Year Honours for her contribution to The Prince’s Trust, where she was a Trustee for more than a decade and led a series of rural revival initiatives for HRH The Prince of Wales.

Heather lives in North Yorkshire.


Director of any company or organisation whether paid or unpaid.

Heather is a non-executive Director of Rural Solutions Ltd, an advisory business specialising in rural planning, architecture and business services. This role is part-time and paid.

Heather is a Non-Executive Director of Urban Logistics Real Estate Investments Trust

Heather is a Trustee of the Chatsworth Settlement Trust. This role is unpaid.

Heather and her husband are Directors of Amerdale Ltd, c/o PM&M, Greenbank Technology Park, Challenge Way, Blackburn, BB1 5QB.

This is their family business, which focuses on real estate development and investment, and wider consultancy services. Amerdale owns the freehold of a public house in the Yorkshire Dales - this is tenanted.  Amerdale also owns or part-owns a range of commercial and residential companies and properties. 

Personally and through their company Heather and her husband own just over 3500 acres of uplands/associated shooting rights. They have two tenanted farms, plus a number of smaller farming leases in place. Neither Mr or Mrs Hancock nor Amerdale Ltd actively farm at present.

Spouse directorships

Executive Chairman and shareholder of Rural Solutions Ltd - this role is paid.

Member of the British Game Alliance.

Income, recognition or benefits

Any business, professional or public activities or interests that provides a regular source of income, recognition or some other benefit.

Heather and her husband are in receipt of a Higher Level Stewardship Grant for some of their upland landholdings. They are also in receipt of CAP basic payments, and rents from tenant farmers/other farming interests.

Heather also chairs the Trustees and Group Board for The Holker Group, a family owned group of businesses covering quarrying, tourism, horse racing and property management.

Organisations, clubs or bodies 

Membership of public bodies, trusteeship of a charity or other public or private trust, or membership, role or affiliation to clubs or organisations.

Heather is a Vice-President of the Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society. She has no financial interest and the role is unpaid.

Heather is a member of BASC, RHS and the Farmers Club and is Chair of the Agricultural Forum.

She is also an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge.


Chair of the Duke of Lancaster Housing Trust. Member of the East India Club, the Hawks Club, Middlesex County Cricket Club, Moorland Association and Wharfedale Rugby Club.


Volunteer with HomeStart (registered charity).


Partner in Latham & Watkins.

Shares and investments

Any shareholdings other than those held by a unit trust or similar arrangements where the Board member has no influence on the management of the shares.

Shares in Standard Life.