Heather Hancock

Last updated:
1 April 2016
Heather Hancock
Chair of the FSA Board

Heather Hancock joined the Board of the FSA as Deputy Chair in October 2015, in advance of becoming Chairman in April 2016.

Heather is also a Trustee of the Chatsworth Settlement Trust, a non-executive director of Rural Solutions, and chairs the Trustees of Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire.

Heather was a Managing Partner of Deloitte in the UK and Switzerland from 2008-2014, having joined the partnership to lead part of the Strategy business in the early 2000s. Prior to her Executive role, she served as an elected member of Deloitte's governance Board. Heather led Deloitte’s extensive services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, served as a member of the global leadership team, and had executive leadership for innovation, brand, client relationships, talent and communications.

Her earlier career included serving as Private Secretary to three Home Secretaries, establishing the Millennium Commission as its Chief Executive, and being Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Executive Director of Yorkshire Forward.

Heather Hancock has served as a Board member of the Global Social Progress Imperative and as Trustee of the International Business Leaders Forum. She chaired the BBC’s Rural Affairs Committee for seven years until 2010. In 2013/14, Heather carried out an independent review on bias and impartiality in the BBC’s rural affairs coverage, on behalf of to the BBC Trust.

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.

Paid employment, office or profession


Directorships, whether paid or not

I am 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.

I am 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.  I have no financial interest in the school; my younger son is a fee-paying pupil there.  This role is unpaid.

My husband and I are Directors of Amerdale Ltd, c/o PM&M, Greenbank Technology Park, Challenge Way, Blackburn, BB1 5QB.  This is our 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.  We 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.

Spouse: Executive Chairman and shareholder of Rural Solutions Ltd. This role is paid.

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

With my husband, I own some upland agricultural land in the Yorkshire Dales, and we are in receipt of Higher Level Stewardship Grant.  We do not farm: the grazing rights are let.

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

I am a Vice-President of the Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society.  I have no financial interest and the role is unpaid.

I was appointed a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire in 2017. This is an unpaid position.

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

I am a member of the Agricultural Forum.

Member of the BASC.

Spouse: Trustee 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.

Sister: volunteer with HomeStart (registered charity)

Brother-in-law: Partner in Latham & Watkins

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