Meet the team

The Lord Crathorne KCVO

Charles James Dugdale, 2nd Baron Crathorne, KCVO, FRSA, FSA was Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire from 1999 until 2014. He is also one of the ninety hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, sitting as a Conservative. In 1977, he succeeded to his father’s title.

Crathorne has been also president of the Cleveland Sea Cadets, of the Cleveland Family History Society as well as being involved with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) since 1988.


Stuart White

Stuart supports our charity’s work with reason, objectivity and realism! Stuart lives in the Redcar & Cleveland area of our charity. In addition to his work for the charity as a whole, Stuart keeps a careful eye on development negative and positive in the Redcar and Cleveland area (which includes the Heritage Coast!) Stuart’s areas of responsibility also include litter picks in the Redcar & Cleveland area.

Trustee and Planner
Katie Atkinson

Katie used to work for the old regional structure of CPRE in Yorkshire & Humber so knows our organisation well. We were fortunate to persuade her to become a trustee 2 year ago as Katie brings a wealth of planning expertise to the Board. Katie lived in the Ryedale area so knows all things Ryedale! She has two young boys and manages to balance trustee work with a busy schedule!

Trustee, Administrator and Social Media
Fran Evans

Fran left South Africa in 2005; after travelling for 3 years around Africa, Europe and America, she moved to the UK in 2007.

Fran joined CPRENY as our administrator in 2018.  She keeps us all on track and looks after all our social media and website. Fran joined us as trustees last year.

When Fran enjoys her limited spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and two young boys. Fran runs the local Scout Group, organising camps and days out across our beautiful North Yorkshire.


Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons, handled our Instagram account and photography competition and is an objective, reasoned and informed trustee. She is a travel writer and journalist who has lived in North Yorkshire for the past fifteen years. In a previous life Gail worked at a castle in Cumbria, listed buildings for English Heritage and led walking tours in Italy and the Middle East. When not travelling and writing, she likes to explore and photograph the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

Ron Healey

Ron has forty years of experience and commitment to CPRENorthYorkshire. Ron’s knowledge of rural transport, minerals and waste and all issues York & Selby is second to none. Ron is our voice of reason, common sense and fair play. Image shows Ron (centre) presenting a cheque to Canals and Rivers Trust.

Ron was awarded a national CPRE award in 2019 for outstanding commitment to CPRE.

Trustee and Treasurer
Jan Arger

Jan is the newest member to join our team of trustees. Jan has involved with CPRE for many years in the North East, at branch and regional level and nationally as a Board Member, with a specific interest in Green Belt, Dark Skies and Tranquility. Jan appreciates wild spaces and good quality built environments and understands rural isolation and inner city problems. She also has a passion for reading Terry Pratchett books, heritage, travel and cheese.