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.

Conservation Assistant working at Clandon Park

Laura Cooper 

As a Conservation Assistant, Laura has worked at Clandon since before the fire. She continues to work on site processing salvaged finds and learning new skills in a very different environment.

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.

The salvage village at Clandon Park

Aileen Eaton 

Aileen joined the National Trust in September 2011 as an Operational Risk Business Partner in London and the South East. Clandon Park is one of the properties that she's supported since she started.

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.

Conservation cleaning salvaged collection items at Clandon Park

Claire Nodder 

Claire was the House and Collections Manager at Clandon Park before the fire. Her knowledge of the property is invaluable as Assistant Conservation Lead, processing salvaged collection items and ensuring the smooth running of the Salvage Village.

Elements of the State Bed rescued from Clandon Park

Maggy Stonebridge 

Maggy has been associated with Clandon since 2001, she was a Conservation Assistant before the fire. She's now a part of the processing team helping to clean objects found amongst the debris.

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.