National Trust Leadership Change

Friday 17th August 2012

Dame Helen Ghosh DCB will be the next director-general of National Trust, Europe's largest conservation charity. Helen will join the Trust in November moving from her current role as permanent secretary to the Home Office. Previously, Helen held a variety of civil service roles including as permanent secretary to Defra between 2005 and 2010.

National Trust was founded in 1895 to protect threatened coastline, countryside and buildings for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone. Today the Trust employs 5,500 people, has a volunteer base of 67,000 and a membership of over 4 million. It cares for 250,000 hectares of countryside, 710 miles of coastline and 300 historic houses and gardens.

For the past 12 years National Trust has flourished under the leadership of Fiona Reynolds, who moves to become Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2013. We wish every success to both Fiona and Helen.

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