For over 40 years, Charlotte has been involved in a considerable number and a diverse range of public good voluntary activities in Yorkshire and nationally.
Within farming and the countryside, her first interest focused on horses and animals, beginning as a vet’s assistant, moving on to setting up 8 horse and 10 horse Shire teams for showing at Agricultural Shows throughout the UK.
This longstanding interest led in the 1990’s to Charlotte’s founding and raising funds of some £400,000 with other key stakeholders to establish the Middleton Park Equestrian Centre, a local initiative related to the national charity, Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). Through an award from the Lottery Fund, the investment has doubled and the international sized dressage arenas are now used by 250 riders and 70 ponies and trap drivers each week.
In the Voluntary sector, Charlotte has been a District Councillor (for Selby), a Justice of the Peace for 12 years, Chairman of Governors’ Tadcaster Grammar School for 23 years and of Cundall Manor School, worked with women prisoners at Askham Grange to help their rehabilitation and has also been Vice President of the British Red Cross and President of the Yorkshire Young Farmers’ Clubs. Currently, she is Vice President of Rural Action Yorkshire, Trustee of Selby Abbey, Chairman of the Trustees of Age UK (Knaresborough) and Director of REACT, a co-operative for all of the Age UK branches in North Yorkshire.
In parallel to these public good activities and Middleton Park Equestrian Centre, Charlotte has continued to have a longstanding commitment to the RDA. She was a founder member of the Stockeld Park Group, County Chairman (West Yorkshire), Yorkshire Regional Chairman, a member of the National Management Board for 14 years and National Deputy Chairman for part of that time. Locally she was also Chairman of the Holidays Committee, running holidays for disabled riders at Eccup Reservoir for 15 years.
Gained a BA (Honors) in Theology from the University of Leeds; she has organised study days for the York NADFAS – fine arts and church recording – organised Yorkshire Prayer Breakfasts, was a member of the Archbishops Council until 2012 and is currently a Church Warden, and Reader.
Within the YAS, Charlotte is a Trustee until 2017, is a member of Council and is present Chairman of the Grants and Education Committee, to which the new Advisory Group reports.