THE DIRECTOR- GENERAL OF THE NATIONAL TRUST

Dame Helen Ghosh is the director-general of the National trust. She became the director-general in November 2013.

Helen joined the civil service from Oxford University, where she read Modern History. She has worked in a number of government departments, starting off in the Department of the Environment, and returning to environmental issues when she became permanent secretary at Defra in 2005. In between, she followed her interest in providing public services to local people with jobs in the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs and the Government Office for London.  She has also worked at the centre of government, with two spells in the Cabinet Office. Her last job was permanent secretary at the Home Office.  She is a long-term member of the Trust and of her local Wildlife Trust in Oxfordshire. She is married to an academic and has a son and daughter, who are in their early twenties. She lives in Oxford, and includes family life, looking after her allotment, walking and watching ballet among her relaxations.

Helen says, '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.  My first priority will be to get out and about to meet staff and volunteers, hear their views, and get to know the wonderful properties in our care'.

The Board of Trustees is delighted that Helen is the new 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.

 

Simon Jenkins