Meet our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees © National Trust

Our Board of Trustees


Tim Parker (Chairman) 

Tim Parker became Chairman of the National Trust on 8 November 2014.

Tim has enjoyed a long business as CEO of several well-known companies. After a spell in the Treasury as an economist, he studied at the London Business School, and soon after was appointed as general manager of a subsidiary of Thorn EMI based in Chicago. In 1989 he led the management buy-out of Kenwood, the kitchen appliances company.

Subsequently Tim has been CEO of Clarks, the shoe company, Kwik-Fit, the AA, and until recently, Samsonite, where he remains Chairman. Tim has been Chairman of Channel Nine TV in Australia and the Autobar Group, Europe’s largest vending company. He has also served as a non-executive director on the Boards of Legal & General, Alliance Boots and Compass Group. He is also a director and owner of the British Pathé film archive.

Orna NiChionna (Deputy Chairman and Council Member)

Orna was appointed to the Board of Trustees in December 2013 and appointed Deputy Chairman in December 2014. She is also the Soil Association’s appointee on the National Trust’s Council. Orna takes whatever opportunities she can to alert people to the importance and fragility of the complex ecosystems that sustain us, and to the need to stop taking them for granted. She was Chair of the Soil Association from 2007 to 2013 and is still a member of its Council.

Orna studied electronic engineering in Dublin and Cork, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She became the first female Partner in McKinsey’s London office in 1990. Her focus at McKinsey, where she spent a total of 18 years, was on consumers and retailers. She hopes and believes that her skills and experience in strategy, finance and governance, as well as her passion for protecting the environment, are helpful in her role on the National Trust’s Board and Council. She has been a member of the National Trust for many years and has been a Trustee of Sir John Soane’s Museum since 2012. Orna has served on various corporate boards since leaving McKinsey in 2001 and is currently a non-executive director of Royal Mail plc and of Saga plc.

Clare Broom

Clare lives in Devon and has a background in conservation and countryside management. She spent nearly 30 years working in the University sector and was a Deputy Vice-Chancellor for four years. She has a professional planning qualification and has also worked as a consultant for both the private and public sector. Clare was Chairman of the National Trust's Regional Committee for Devon and Cornwall from 2006-10. She was appointed as Chairman of the SW Regional Committee from September 2010. She is an elected member of the National Trust's Council and a DEFRA appointee on the Environment Agency's South West Regional Flood Defence Committee. She is a former Trustee of two County Wildlife Trusts and is a Trustee of the Seale-Hayne Educational Trust.

Caroline Goodall

Caroline Goodall has over 30 years corporate finance experience. She was a partner at Herbert Smith for 23 years specialising in corporate finance and corporate governance. Caroline was Head of Herbert Smith's Global Corporate Division and served on the Firm's Management Committee responsible for the executive day to day management of the Firm. Caroline retired as a partner in Herbert Smith in September 2009 but she retains an advisory role with the Firm as a consultant.

Caroline has been Associate Fellow of Newnham College Cambridge where she was a non-executive member of the College's Governing Body from 2005 to 2008. She has advised the College on its Development Campaign.

Caroline is a member of the CBI's Companies Committee and is a member of the CBI Working Group on Corporate Governance developing the CBI's policy on corporate governance.

Caroline is a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the Woodland Trust and is also a member of the charity's Audit and Investment Committee.

Caroline's other current positions include being an Independent Non-Executive of the accountancy firm Grant Thornton where she also sits on the Risk Assurance Committee (the committee responsible for the external audit of Grant Thornton's accounts and risk management). She is also a Non-Executive Director of SVG Capital plc, a FTSE 250 listed company which is a private equity investor and fund management business.

Sir Edward Greenwell

Edward Greenwell was President of the CLA (Country Land & Business Association) from 2001 to 2003. He has been chairman of the Rural Housing Trust since 2008. He has had extensive experience of local government through membership of a District Council, and of flood defence through a number of different roles. He is involved in many local organisations in East Anglia. He is currently managing partner of a rural and farming property business with associated commercial, domestic, leisure, and sporting interests in both Scotland and Suffolk. He also has commercial interests in the caravan and holiday park business. He became a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Trust in September 2010.

Nichola Johnson (Council Member)

Nichola was until recently Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia and Director of the Museum Leadership Programme. She trained initially as an archaeologist and then as an art and architectural historian. Much of her career has been in the museum sector and she is particularly interested in leadership and in unlocking creativity within cultural and heritage organisations.

Nichola has chaired the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme & the University Museums Group and is currently chair of the Ruskin Foundation and a trustee of the Dulwich Picture Gallery and York Museums Trusts. Nichola was appointed as a Trustee in September 2010.

John Sell

John was appointed to the Board of Trustees in January, 2015.

David Smart

David was appointed to the Board of Trustees in January, 2015. David is also the chairman of the Investment Committee of the Trust, to which he was appointed in 2008. He has a particular interest in the longer term challenges posed by the ever increasing cost of maintaining so many buildings. His main professional experience is in finance, in his private life he has a great interest in the conservation not only of the two Grade II listed houses his family owns, but also in the art and furniture in them.

Carys Swanwick

Carys was born on a farm in Gloucestershire. Having lived and worked in some of the finest landscapes in the country, including a formative childhood in the Lake District and many years in or near to the Peak District, she now divides her time between home in rural south Leicestershire and work in Sheffield.

With a background in biology and conservation she has spent her career in landscape and environmental planning and management. She spent twenty three years with Land Use Consultants, acting as a Principal and Director of this multidisciplinary company. This was followed by appointment as a Professor of Landscape at the University of Sheffield where she was head of the Department of Landscape for ten years and then Director of Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Social Sciences.

She is passionate about the British Landscape and has devoted much of her working life to promoting its importance to all aspects of national and local life. She has served on the Board of Directors for two charitable bodies, the Landscape Research Group and for the National Urban Forestry Unit and also served for ten years as an appointed chair of the Forestry Commission’s Regional Advisory Committee, initially for the North of England and then, after re-organisation, for the Yorkshire and the Humber Region.

She joined the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and is a member of the Appointments Committee.

Rick Wills

Rick's career started as a management trainee at British European Airways in the late 1960's. He moved on to the Thomson Travel Group where, after spending three years in the USA setting up and acquiring travel companies, he became Management Services Director, before returning to British Airways in 1987.

Between 1990 and 2001 Rick was responsible for Corporate Venturing at the airline, firstly as Managing Director of BA Speedwing and then as Managing Director of BA Enterprises. During this period he established 8 trading entities worldwide - in IT, consulting, offshore processing, retail, media, travel, health, Business Jets and the London Eye.

From 2001 to now, Rick has pursued a plural career. He has just stood down after eight years as Chairman of the London Eye Company, but remains Chairman of Tyzack Associates and of The Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts. Rick is also on the Board of Alexandra Palace and Vice Chair of its regeneration committee. Also during this period Rick chaired Henley Management Colleges' consulting business and was a non-executive director of Page & Moy, Interflora and BT Contact Central.

Rick lectures at business schools on the subjects of corporate venturing and business innovation.