Our Trustees

Tony Clark


Tony Clark grew up in Okehampton before attending the Duke of Yorks Royal Military School and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Commissioned into The Parachute Regiment in 1966, he served all over the World, commanded 4 PARA and introduced high tech simulation into Army training for which he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. and then responsible for the military training estate in the South West until he retired from active service in 1999. He was then appointed Commandant Dartmoor Training Area responsible for the management of the military interests on Dartmoor, retiring again in 2011. In parallel, he was closely involved with British downhill skiing. With his wife, he farms a small holding on the northern edge of Dartmoor. He enjoys walking, photography, computers and military history. Appointed a Trustee in 2012, he was elected Chairman in 2015.

Bill Hitchins

Bill Hitchins commenced his working life running a family agricultural business covering a large part of Southwest Devon and Dartmoor and later developed an equestrian and pet supply business in the same area, alongside a small builder’s merchant outlet at Roborough. He owns a small-holding which qualifies him as a commoner with rights on Roborough Down where he served as association treasurer for 30 years. Bill joined Bickleigh Parish Council in 1983 and become Chairman in 1987. He was elected to South Hams District Council in 1991 and appointed Deputy Leader in 1994. He has held a variety of senior offices including Chairman of the Council and is currently Deputy Leader once again. Bill’s other interests include being a board Member of Devon and Cornwall Groundwork Trust and a trustee of both his local almshouse and of the Woolwell Community Centre. He is also Chairman of the Fortress Study Group. Bill is heavily involved in the provision of facilities for Rugby, Football, Cricket and Youth recreation in the Roborough area and supports his partner’s sailing chartering business based on the Rriver Dart at Kingsbridge. Bill is a Trustee, nominated by the National Park Authority of which he is Chairman.

Elizabeth Kitson

Elizabeth Kitson, Deputy Lieutenant of Devon, has been a member of the Dartmoor Trust since its foundation. She has held a wide range of roles influencing Dartmoor’s future: Secretary of State appointee to the Dartmoor National Park Authority Committee 1991 – 98; Dartmoor Preservation Association committee member 1998 – 2013, and now Vice President; and previously served as a Kelly College governor; Environment Agency Regional Environmental Fisheries and Recreational advisory committee and Estuary Committee member; and member of the Dartmoor Access Forum. In addition she has been the President of the Royal British Legion’s women’s section and founded the Army Families Federation. For this work she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. She was a distinguished International horsewoman and instructress. Her interest in Dartmoor and animals is reflected in her renowned paintings and sculptures.

Sue Eberle

Sue Eberle grew up in Devon, moving from Dartmouth to Dartmoor in her teens, she worked for Dartmoor National Park Authority for over 30 years, latterly as Head of Land Management. She is now retired, and has sent up her own business.

Sue has always had a passion for Dartmoor, is a keen walker and was a member of the Dartmoor Rescue Team in its early years in the 1970s and 80s and for many years was a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Assessor for the Dartmoor Area.

Sue is also a Trustee for the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust, a local Parish Councillor for Sourton and was a member of the Moor Than Meets the Eye Local Stakeholder Group. Sue leads on grants.

Tim Emerson

Timothy John Peter Emerson (b.14.02.42). educ Mount House School and Kelly College Tavistock. m.1984 Susanna Jane daughter of Sir Harry Rashleigh Bt. 1 daughter Charlotte b.1985 and 1 son Tom b.1987.Admitted Solr.1965. Notary Public. Stafford Clark, London 1965-67, Heppenstalls, Lyndhurst 1967-73, Partner Foot and Bowden, Plymouth 1973-99, Consultant Gill Akaster, Plymouth, 1999-2008, formerly Solicitor to Governors Kelly College and Kelly College Prep. School, Tavistock, Trustee Fortescue Garden Trust 2005-15, formerly Churchwarden St Paul’s Yelverton, Trustee Yelverton Community Projects. Enjoys walking and( formerly) skiiing and National Trust volunteer!

Simon Butler

Simon Butler grew up in the Westcountry and has lived on Dartmoor for 40 years. An Associate Publisher with Halsgrove and consultant to the publishing industry, he has published over a thousand books during a long career.  His own writings include the bestselling The War Horses  and a companion volume Goodbye Old Friend.  It was during research on his book The Farmer’s Wife, concerning the history of women workers on the land, that he discovered the writings of Olive Hockin and which led him to research and write Land Girl Suffragette.  His book Legendary Dartmoor Pubs and Inns is the first in an intended series promoting the Dartmoor Trust Archive. A passion for conserving historic photographs has led to an involvement in a number of photographic archives both in the UK and overseas. Simon holds several directorships in Arts-related organisations and helped found the annual Delamore Charity Arts Exhibition. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006. He has been a Trustee since the Trust’s foundation and is currently the lead Trustee for the Dartmoor Trust Archive