​At present the Board is made up of 14 Members, 11 Elected and 3 Appointed.  Elected Members are directly elected by drainage ratepayers every 3 years.  Appointed Members are District Councillors or other representatives from the special levy paying Councils in the Board’s area, ie  Hambleton District Council, Harrogate Borough Council and Richmondshire District Council.

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Elected members

Mr Graham Clarke

Elected (Chair)

Mrs Elizabeth Wilson

Elected (Vice Chair)

Mr David Anderson


Mr Peter Houseman


Mr Brian Phillips


Mr Mark Sampson


Mr Donald Sanderson


Mr Robert Sanderson


Mr Richard Tesseyman


Mr Tim Webster


Appointed Members

Cllr Andrew Paraskos

Appointed by Harrogate Borough Council

Cllr Richard Ormston

Appointed by Richmondshire District Council

Cllr Isobel Sanderson

Appointed by Hambleton District Council

Board Officers

Mr Ian A Thornton

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Roger Smith

Chief Engineer

Mr Matthew Cooke

Asset Manager

Miss Janette Parker

Rating Officer

Mrs Alyson Duffy

Secretary – Knaresborough

Mrs Susan Stephenson

Secretary – Thirsk

Organisation & Members

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For more information about our services or district call us

Thirsk –
01845 525727

Knaresborough –
01423 862271

07970 000068