Our Advisory Panels

Heelis, the eco-friendly central office for The National Trust in Swindon © ©NTPL/James Dobson

Heelis, the eco-friendly central office for The National Trust in Swindon

There are eight expert panels whose role it is to advise staff, and through the staff advise the Board of Trustees.

They complement the skills of staff on specific professional issues and act as advocates for the Trust externally within their disciplines. They also assist with policy development and advise on major acquisitions and projects of significance to their expertise.

Building strong working relationship with the staff, by visiting sites and acting as a sounding board for ideas and new practices.

Our panels provide advice and support on a range of specialisms:

Archaeology: Advises on archaeological matters embracing the whole of the historic environment.

Architectural: Advises on architectural and buildings-related issues, including the consideration of specific architectural changes, with recommendations approved by the Director of Conservation and Historic Properties Director on behalf of the Director-General.

Has direct delegated authority from the Director-General to decide whether the Trust’s approval should be given to proposals by third parties to make architectural or buildings-related changes to property protected by the Trust’s restrictive covenants.

Arts: Advises on curatorship and contents conservation of interiors and collections.

Commercial: Advises on commercial operations including catering, retail, holiday cottages, publishing and business development.

Gardens and Parks: Advises on gardens and the design aspects of historic parks and formal landscapes.

Land use and access: Advises on sustainable land use and access.

Learning: This panel advises on the need to secure a shift in culture towards our Vision for Learning, and on current trends, practice and standards in access and learning, challenging our aspirations, assumptions and strategies.

Nature Conservation: Advises on nature conservation across the natural and built environment, including the approval of National Nature Reserve designations and the release of species into sites where they are not currently present.