Dame Helen Ghosh named next National Trust director-general

The permanent secretary of the Home Office will replace Dame Fiona Reynolds as director-general of the National Trust, the charity has announced.

Ghosh: named new National Trust director-general (Crown Copyright)
Ghosh: named new National Trust director-general (Crown Copyright)
Dame Helen Ghosh will take over from Reynolds, who announced earlier this year that she would step down after nearly 12 years in the post to take up duties as Master of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, in 2013.

Last summer, Reynolds led a high-profile campaign against the government's planning reforms.

Prior to her role at the Home Office, Ghosh held a variety of civil service roles, including permanent secretary to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs between 2005 and 2010.

National Trust chairman Simon Jenkins said: "Helen is a distinguished and energetic public servant. We are convinced she is ideal to lead the organisations through what is proving a challenging time. We all look forward to working with her."


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