We were saddened to learn of the death of Sir David Goodall GCMG on the 22nd July. He was best known for his diplomatic career, spanning early postings to Nicosia, Jakarta, Bonn and Nairobi and which culminated in his role as High Commissioner for India from 1987 until his retirement in 1991. He was also a key figure in the negotiations which led to the Anglo-Irish Agreement.
On retirement he divided his time between causes that mattered greatly to him, one of which was the Helmsley Walled Garden. He took over as chair of the Board of Trustees in 2001 at the crucial time when the garden had obtained the grants to restore the glasshouses. He steadfastly steered the garden through the restoration process and business development without any loss of the ethos laid down by Alison Ticehurst before her death, before retiring in June 2012.
He and Lady Morwenna continued in their whole hearted support of the garden with Sir David regularly exhibiting collections of his watercolours of Yorkshire and India in the Orchid House here and splitting the sale proceeds between the garden and Leonard Cheshire Disability.
He leaves behind many friends and beneficiaries of his generosity and kindness and we send our deepest condolences to Lady Morwenna and their children.