The Court of Assistants 2018-2019

The Mayor  2018-2019

Richard Compton served as President of the Historic Houses Association from 2012-2016 (and as Deputy President  from 2008-2012).  He has been a member of the HHA’s Council since 1996, and before becoming Deputy President sat on both the Taxation and the Tourism & Commercial Development Committees of the HHA. In 2017 Richard was appointed Chairman of the Heritage Conservation Trust.

 From 1997 Richard served as a Governor at Harrow School, appointed as Chairman from September 2008 until retirement in August 2015. Richard also served as Chairman of the John Lyon Foundation from 2008-2015 and from 2000 – 2006 Richard was Chairman of the Governors at Aysgarth School. From 1998 until 2008 he was also a non-executive director of Christie’s UK Ltd. In 2007 Richard was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire. He was High Sheriff for North Yorkshire from 2010–11. Following a career in magazine publishing, Richard, owner of Newby Hall, near Ripon, a Christopher Wren house with interiors by Robert Adam and award winning gardens, returned to Yorkshire in 1998 to run Newby and its Estate.  Richard is a trustee of a number of Estates with historic houses and also owns an historic house and Estate (Torloisk House) on the Isle of Mull.

The Lieutenant: Diana, The Viscountess Downe
The Senior Constable:
The Junior Constable:
The Immediate Past Mayor 2017-2018: The Lord Crathorne KCVO
The Previous Past Mayor 2016-2017: Robert Sword

The Upper Clerk 

Lieutenant Colonel David O'Kelly was educated at Ampleforth College, Sheffield University and RMA Sandhurst before commissioning into The Green Howards in 1984.  He served for 22 years in the Army and was fortunate enough to see service around the world, including Germany, Northern Ireland, Kenya, Norway, Canada, Cyprus, Bosnia and South Africa; not to mention cricket tours to Berlin, Barbados, South Africa (again) and Australia.

In March 2006 he left his last serving appointment as Commanding Officer of Leeds University Officers' Training Corps to take up his current position as Regimental Secretary of The Yorkshire Regiment. Lieutenant Colonel O'Kelly is married to Penny and they are happily settled in North Yorkshire. They have two children: Charlie, now married, and Katie.  Among many sporting interests he is a keen cricketer and still an active (just) member of many such clubs and Chairman of one.  He sits on three Boards of Trustees and is a member of the Windsor Leadership Trust. He became Upper Clerk to the Company in May 2016.

The Chairman of the Charitable Trust - Robert Hall
The Treasurer - Margaret Coe
The Attorney  - Jonny Towers
The Cellarer - David Butler-Adams
The Weigher - Robert Sword