New National Trust Director-General named

Dame Helen Ghosh DCB has been named as the new Director-General of the National Trust, taking over from Fiona Reynolds who is to become Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge next year after 12 years at the Trust.

Ghosh takes the helm of Europe’s largest conservation charity after working as permanent secretary to the Home Office and previously holding a range of civil service positions, including permanent secretary to Defra between 2005 and 2010.

Dame Helen Ghosh DCB :  “I have been an admirer of the Trust and its work all my life, and I am thrilled that I have been given the chance to be part of its future.  I am delighted to be able to build on Fiona Reynolds’ great work in setting the Trust’s direction for the 21st century”.

Simon Jenkins, chairman of the National Trus: “The Board of Trustees is delighted that Helen will be the Trust’s next director-general. The Trustees’ strategy is to widen the Trust’s appeal and grow its membership. Helen is a distinguished and energetic public servant. We are convinced she is ideal to lead the organisation through what is proving a challenging time. We all look forward to working with her”.

Fiona Reynolds: “I am delighted by Helen’s appointment.  The National Trust is a fantastic organisation to work for and I wish her, and the Trust, all the very best for the future”.