Meet the team at Clandon Park

Meet some of our dedicated specialists who've been working on the project at Clandon since the fire. From conservators to archaeologists, our close knit team is working hard to reach our goal of rebuilding Clandon.

Contractors removing debris from Clandon Park

Nathan Buckell

As our Project Building Surveyor Nathan had overall responsibility for the clearance of the house, and has been involved since the morning after the fire.

Alex Bush on the lawn at Clandon Park

Alex Bush

Alex’s role has undergone significant change since the fire in 2015. From overseeing a team of staff and volunteers running Clandon and nearby Hatchlands Park, she now provides continuity and a local voice on the restoration project.

Curator holding the stoneware duck

Sophie Chessum

Prior to the fire Sophie led a team of National Trust conservation specialists and as a previous curator for Clandon Park she researched and wrote much of the Clandon Park guidebook. Since leading the emergency salvage operation she now advises on the significance and history of the house, its garden and wider setting and the collection.

Paul Cook, Project Director at Clandon Park

Paul Cook

Part of the National Trust since 2012, Paul has oversight of the whole restoration project at Clandon, working with specialists to realise our aim of rebuilding the house.

Tom Dommett Clandon Park Project Archaeologist

Tom Dommett

With a background in archaeology as part of the National Trust, Tom has recently come on board to head the team of archaeologists working on our project at Clandon Park.

Team members meeting at Clandon Park

Jess Maynard

Jess is the Project Co-ordinator at Clandon Park, the vital cog that keeps the wheels turning behind the scenes.

Conservators work to uncover the needlework screen

Samantha Taylor

Since arriving at Clandon on the night of the fire Samantha has been our Project Conservator, working with salvaged collection items and to preserve the historic fabric of the house.