Declan Connolly

Declan is the founder and Director of The Skipton Press, with a background in Digital Marketing and Journalism. He has always had a passion for storytelling and enjoys researching and promoting local businesses. He is exceptionally proud of the work that The Skipton Press has been able to do with local charities, promoting worthwhile causes and has been amazed by the fantastic response the website has had!

Looking to the future Declan is wants to find many more talented and passionate people to work with and develop The Skipton Press into a pillar of the community.

You can get in touch with Declan by emailing

Ben Fitton

Ben is the co-founder of The Skipton Press.

With a background in copywriting, he has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. He contributes a wide variety of articles to The Skipton Press, including, Spotlights, historical and current events.

His passion for writing is evident and he is always happy to receive creative writing, a section of the site which he heads up and would like to develop.

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Alexis Wilson-Barrett


Alexis Wilson-Barrett was born in Cambridgeshire and moved to Skipton as a young child, where still remains with her widowed mother, husband and young son.

Whilst studying English Literature and Creative Writing as part of her BA (Hons) Combined Studies degree, Alexis discovered a love for the written word – particularly 19th Century literature and the Sensation novels of Wilkie Collins. After graduating from The University of Bradford and penning various short stories in her spare time, her passion for writing quickly developed into a love of copywriting whilst working as a Marketing Executive in Skipton.

Now, the owner of Wilson-Barrett Copywriting, she offers marketing and copywriting services to businesses in the North of England. Alexis thoroughly enjoys all forms of copywriting but is particularly fond of promoting the work of local charities and fundraisers – a service which she regularly offers on a voluntary basis.


Brian Stott

Brian is our resident historian. An active member of the community, Brian is Vice President of Skipton Craven Rotary Club and enjoy all the fund raising we do there including The Great Skipton Santa Fun Run. Amongst his various contributions to The Skipton Press is his article on The Pubs of The Past which is one of our most popular articles to date! He is also a keen photographer and contributes to our weekly photographer’s showcase.