Meet our Chairman

Our Chairman, Simon Jenkins © John Millar

Our Chairman, Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins
Chairman of the National Trust

Simon Jenkins became Chairman of the National Trust on 1 November 2008.

He is a journalist and author. He writes a column twice weekly for the Guardian and weekly for the London Evening Standard, as well as broadcasting for the BBC. Previously he wrote columns for the Times. He was editor of both the Evening Standard and The Times. He was Journalist of the Year in 1988 and Columnist of the Year in 1993.

His career began on Country Life magazine and continued on the Times Educational Supplement, the Economist (political editor) and the Sunday Times (books editor). He served on the boards of British Rail and London Transport in the 1980s and was deputy chairman of English Heritage and a Millennium Commissioner.

His books include works on the press, politics, and architecture, including England's Thousand Best Churches (1999) and Thousand Best Houses (2003), Thatcher & Sons (2006) and most recently A Short History of England (2011).