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National Trust seeks new Chair, & other charity recruitment news


The National Trust has launched a public campaign to recruit its most senior volunteer – the Chair of its Board of Trustees.

The successful candidate will take on an initial three-year term in office and will be expected to provide the direction and leadership for the charity, which looks after more than 500 historic houses, castles, parks and gardens, 780 miles of coastline, and 250,000 hectares of land.

The Trust hopes to attract someone who will bring inspiration, fresh-thinking and new ideas.

The appointment of the Chair will be made by the National Trust Council, which is made up of 36 members who have a range of expertise in everything from education and agriculture to nature and the built environment.  

Paul Roberts, Senior Member of the National Trust Council, said:

“We’re looking for an exceptional candidate; someone who will bring different experiences and new ideas together with the skills and talent to be our Chair. We want someone who wants to become part of our story.


“We are a 126-year-old institution and custodians of an extraordinary array of houses, gardens, coastline and countryside, as well as works of art, objects and artefacts that help tell the country’s rich national story.


“Our Chair plays an important role in overseeing this work, helping us continue to meet our founding mission to celebrate the country’s heritage and natural places, whilst ensuring we are meeting the needs of a changing environment and people’s day-to-day lives.


“As our charity and nation recover from the pandemic, this vital role will help us continue to play our part in supporting the public, and help look after nature, beauty and history for the nation to enjoy.”

In mid-May 2021, after almost seven years as the Chair of the National Trust, the charity announced Tim Parker would step down from his position as Chair in October this year. His final term had been due to end in 2020, but a third exceptional term of office was agreed to provide stability to the organisation during the coronavirus pandemic.

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