The Gamekeepers' Welfare Trust exists to support gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies, and their dependants past and present.

GWT Staff and Volunteers

Patron – Lord James Percy

Honorary President – Sir John Scott B.t. MFH

Chairman – The Earl of Aylesford


Mr Ken ButlerMr David ClarkMr Walter Cole
Lady ScottMr Ian Grindy Mr Raymond HoltDr Mike Swan
Mr Brian MitchellRev Dr Gordon GatwardMr Matthew Nesbitt

Mr Philip Holt ACA FCIE is Treasurer of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust, assisted by his staff at Harrison Holt. His firm maintains all the GWT accounting records, deals with the finances and prepares the annual charitable financial statements and reporting. This is a service that he provides for a number of charities, trusts and estates.

Harrison Holt Chartered Accountants, High Park Farm, Kirkbymoorside, YORK, YO62 7HS. Telephone: 01751 430100 e-mail:

Helen M J Benson is the Chief Executive and manages the day to day work of the Trust in running the helpline, overall management of activities including support, applications, job register, fundraising and publicity.

In Scotland we are incredibly fortunate to have Alan Tweedie on board who is part-time lecturer at The Borders College and is keen to promote GWT and its services around the country. Pictured below left.

"I have been involved in the gamekeeping industry for well over forty odd years and have seen many changes since I was young keeper back in the mid-seventies. Throughout that period, I worked on several estates building up my experience with pheasants, grouse and deer. During my entire keepering career I worked with and met many wonderful characters from the game shooting and stalking world and their expertise and knowledge has instilled me with a lifelong passion for our unique industry.

Over the remaining years of my career working as a Lecturer at Borders College I have helped and guided many people from all walks of life into the keepering and stalking world therefore I am delighted to be given the opportunity to help further the wonderful work carried out by this exceptional charity".

Helen is ably assisted by Ruth Benson (pictured below) who answers career and job related queries and runs the job register and sister recruiting website Rural Recruits.

Ruth Kerr is our fantastic Social Media Manager with volunteer Charlotte Boa heading up the Instagram.


Ruth says:

‘I’m a keeper’s daughter, originally from Dumfries & Galloway, and also lived on estates in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders with my family. I first became involved with GWT as a volunteer back in 2009 and now work several hours a week for them from my home in Hampshire. Most of my work is managing Facebook and Twitter, and I also support one or two other areas of work across the year as needed.


We have a number of dedicated volunteers who support gamekeepers and their families and contribute to fundraising and publicity ideas.


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