The trustees of Dukes Barn come from a wide variety of backgrounds offering a range of skills and experience, including human resources management, social work, teaching, the law, finance, medicine, engineering and accountancy. All of the trustees have been involved with community and charity work for a number of years and have a proven track record of business management along with governance in the voluntary sector and fundraising.

The managers of Dukes Barn Company are highly qualified in the delivery of outdoor adventure activities with many years experience of working with disadvantaged, disabled and special needs children and young adults and in the operational management of centres such as Dukes Barn.


Rob Eley - Chair of Trustees

Rob is a retired solicitor and Business Director. He brings a wealth of commercial expertise to the role of Chair of Trustees as an experienced Company Director having worked at senior level both in the UK and abroad. His broad base of business skills is an asset to the management team. He has a proven track record of involvement in charitable work and is also a trustee of The Royal School for the Deaf Derby

Alan Passmore - secretary of Trustees

Alan is a retired solicitor, with a long standing interest in charitable work. He is currently a trustee of the Royal School for the Deaf Derby and of several young people’s charities, both UK based and abroad. He is Secretary of the Repton School Concert Society and was, until recently, Chairman of the Burton Sea Cadets. He has also been a Governor of Ecclesbourne School in Duffield in Derbyshire and Churchwarden of St Alkmund’s Church in Derby.

Roger Wardle - Trustee

Roger is a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Trustee of Derbyshire Crime Beat, a former High Sheriff of Derbyshire and Agent for the Duke of Devonshire. As such he has a lifetime’s involvement in Derbyshire affairs and a keen interest in the welfare of its young people, particularly those who are disadvantaged or at risk.

Mary Pearson -Trustee

Mary is a retired Clinical Immunologist who worked for twenty five years in Health Management and Research in the UK and abroad before moving into European Funding Management and then into charity work, spending two years in New Delhi in India running a mobile Health Centre for Street Children, two months at an AIDS Foundation in Ethiopia, followed by three years raising funds for an outdoor activity charity in Castleton in Derbyshire. Since retiring she has worked as a volunteer, raising funds for Dukes Barn and is a volunteer Independent Custody Visitor for the Derbyshire Police Authority.

Peter Coffey - Trustee

Peter is a retired Lloyds underwriter, with 34 years experience in finance. He has worked with Unilever and The United Africa Company and been a Director of a small engineering and manufacturing company. He takes a keen interest in local events and in the welfare of young people.

Nicholas Wood - Trustee

Nicholas is a chartered surveyor with twenty five years experience in property management. He is currently employed as Agent on the Chatsworth Estate where he has lived and worked since 1993. His role as Chair of Edensor Parish Meeting enables him to work closely with surrounding communities. He takes a keen interest local affairs and in the provision of access for all. His background as a surveyor brings a range of property based knowledge and skills to the Board of Trustees.

Alan Elsmore - Trustee

Alan is a retired Company Director. He has training in Accountancy and 38 years experience Managing Production in several companies within a Ceramic Group. Keen sports person with a special interest in local events and the welfare of young people. 

Reverend Canon David Perkins - Trustee

David spent 17 years working in technical sales for British Gas before being ordained in 1987. He has served in the parishes of New Mills, Marlpool, Belper, Derby Cathedral and is now the vicar of Beeley and Edensor in a semi retirement role. He has been involved in many youth projects throughout his ministry and now supports and visits a home in Jerusalem for young boys and girls who have found themselves homeless.