Lowther Castle & Gardens is operated by Lowther Castle ltd. with the support of Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust which is a registered charity with a board made up of five trustees.
Bryan Gray is Chairman of Westmorland Ltd, operator of Motorway Services at Tebay and Gloucester, and the Rheged Centre near Penrith. He was chairman of the North West Regional Development Agency and, until 2013, ProChancellor of Lancaster University. He lives in Cumbria and is Chairman of the Churches Trust for Cumbria and the Cumbria County History Trust and a Lay Canon and member of the Chapter of Carlisle Cathedral. He was a member of the Lake District National Park Authority and is on the Advisory Board of the National Railway Museum. He is a former High Sheriff of Lancashire. He received a CBE for services to the NW region, and an MBE for regeneration work in Preston
David Horton-Fawkes is the Estates Director at Holkham in Norfolk and his background is in marketing and leisure management. Holkham is one of the largest employers in North Norfolk with over 250 full time employees rising to 400 in the summer. David has set up and managed visitor attractions, hotels, leisure clubs, rural estates and a marketing agency. David is also a non-executive Director of the Althorp Estate in Northampton and he is a Director at Chichley Park for the Royal Society. In 2013 David was voted "Director of the Year" for East Anglia by the Local Enterprise Partnership.
Roland Jackson has a background in education, museums, charitable organisations and science. In recent years he has been Head of the Science Museum in London and Chief Executive of the British Science Association. His current roles are concerned with public policy involving science and technology, as Executive Chair of Sciencewise, and with historical research, as a Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institution. His parents farmed for many years in Cumbria, and he divides his time between Cumbria and London..
Andrew Smith is a chartered accountant and former partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1986-2009. During that time he led PWC's bank auditing practice, its sustainability & climate change consulting practice and its partner affairs. He lives in Penrith and has a number of trustee roles including Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award and The Climate Group
John Turner, BSC MRICS
John is a chartered surveyor with 25 years’ experience of Rural Estate Management.
To 2000 he was Estate Manager of the national Trust’s prestigious Stourhead Garden in Wiltshire, Stourhead welcomed 250,000 visitors a year.
Since 2000 John has worked for the Lowther family managing their Cumbrian Estates. More recently he has been supporting the initiatives to find a future for the Bishop of Carlisle’s residence at Rose Castle.
This has led to involvement in the Lowther castle & Gardens project as a Trustee, and also as Trustee of the heritage North West Building Preservation Trust.