Holker Hall and Gardens
£20,000 per year

The Holker Estate is a large, diversified, and historic estate in the South Lakes District of Cumbria. The incumbents are the Cavendish family, headed by The Hon Lucy Cavendish (now McLaren) who took over this role in 2012. The activities of the estate, referred to henceforth as the Holker Group, comprise diverse individual businesses engaged in holiday parks, quarrying, residential property, housing and property development, farming, forestry, horticulture and hospitality venues and events. This includes the highly distinctive Cartmel racecourse and the nationally renowned Holker Hall gardens. Holker Hall is the principal property on the Holker Estate in addition to being the family home of Lucy Cavendish and her husband.


The Holker Estate is in large part held on private family trusts. In common with a number of other large estates, a process is currently underway to simplify the Trust structure, but the Holker Estate will remain primarily in trust for the current and future beneficiaries. 

As a land owning trust, the Trustee body currently is restricted to no more than four and due to retirement, we are seeking a trustee to join the existing group of three trustees. This appointment requires an understanding of Trust and related governance models, ideally working with family owned businesses and landed estates with strong historical and heritage aspects. You will have significant experience of working at Board level with a strong commercial and collaborative ethos.

A key purpose of The Holker Estate and the Cavendish family has always been to find ways to benefit the region, its inhabitants, and businesses. Therefore we are also seeking expertise in one or more of the following areas; finance, property, agricultural business or tourism, events and hospitality.

If you have the skills, experience, and personal qualities we are seeking, we very much look forward to hearing from you, 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.