Charity Information

Charity Information

How we are funded


Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is a charity (and therefore not-for-profit) which means every penny raised is spent on delivering our charitable work - nature conservation in Yorkshire. As a charity we are unable to make a profit like a commercial business.  Find out more about where this income is from and how we spend it here.

We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator.


Sir John Lawton

Professor Sir John Lawton is Chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, and was formerly Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council ('99-'05). He trained as a zoologist at the University of Durham, and subsequently held posts at Oxford and York Universities, and Imperial College London. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1989, awarded a CBE in 1997 and knighted in 2005 for his contributions to ecological science, alongside numerous other national and international prizes. He is married to Dot, with two children and five grandchildren.


The ultimate governing body of the Trust is an elected Board of Trustees. Find out more about them here.

Senior Management Team

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has over 100 staff who work across Yorkshire. The Chief Executive and his team of Directors are responsible for the day to running of the Trust. Find out more about them here.


Our patrons are The Earl Peel GCVO DL and Mr Stephen Martin.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018/19