Who We Are

The Board is currently made up of weir and mill owners along the River Nidd who each have a right to a seat on the Board and have voting rights and votes depending on the height of their weir.

The Board meets at least once per year and in addition to the weir and mill owners has voting and levy paying representation from North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), Harrogate Borough Council (HBC), The Canal and River Trust, and the York Waterworks Company.  The Board receives voting advice and support from Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency, and the owner of the reservoir sporting rights, assisted on occasions by other organisations and consultants, such as Natural England.

To find out who the current members of the Board are, the basis of representation and voting allocations, please see the table below.

Basis of representationNo of votesBoard member
Pateley Bridge Weir10Nidderdale Angling Club
Glasshouses Mill20Chris Hawkesworth
Low Laithe Rope Walk8Chris Robinson
Low Laithe/New York Upper Weir8Dave Mann
New York Mills14New York Estates
Summerbridge Weir12Milner Estates
Birstwith Weir14Kerry Ingredients
Killinghall Weir0Derelict
Scotton Weir8Mountgarret Estates
Castle Mills9Castle Mills Estate
Knaresborough Lido/Plumpton Mill6Lido Leisure Parks Ltd
Hunsingore Corn Mill6Ribston Estates
Mill Farm, Kirk Hammerton7Karan & Chris Main
HBC 162 councillor reps
Canal and River Trust161 board member rep
NYC243 councillor reps
Yorkshire Water/York Water Co162 board member reps
Environment Agency0Advisory Role
Gouthwaite Sporting rights 0Wath Estates

BOard Members

Chris Hawkesworth


Nidderdale Plus, Pateley Bridge, provides the secretarial function to the Gouthwaite Board of Management