Heather Hancock - Chair of our board 

Heather Hancock became chairman of the Board in April 2016. In advance of taking up the chair, she was Deputy Chair from October 2015.
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Heather Hancock has a number of other non-executive roles. She is an NED for Rural Solutions Ltd, a Trustee of the Chatsworth Settlement Trust, and chairs the Governing Body of Giggleswick School. She is a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.

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 Chair of the Governors and Trustees at Giggleswick School, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 0DE. This is an independent boarding and day school for children aged 3-18. Heather has no financial interest in the school. This role is unpaid.

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 has a part-share of a retail complex in Settle, North Yorkshire, where one of the tenants runs a restaurant. It also owns the freehold of a public house in the Yorkshire Dales - this is also tenanted. Heather and her husband take no role in operating either of these catering establishments. Amerdale also owns or part owns a range of commercial and residential companies and properties, which are let under commercial terms. The company owns some agricultural land and shooting rights. Amerdale does not actively farm.


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

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 own some upland agricultural land in the Yorkshire Dales and they are in receipt of a Higher Level Stewardship Grant. They do not farm - the grazing rights are let.

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. Heather has no financial interest and the role is unpaid.

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


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.