Donald Ramsay

General Manager, Clandon Park

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Donald Ramsay - General Manager

Arriving as General Manager for Clandon Park following the fire, Donald is responsible for maintaining strong relationships with our many supporter groups.

The parterre and south elevation at Clandon Park
I started working for the National Trust more than nine years ago and had worked at a number of different properties in the South East before arriving as General Manager for Clandon Park and nearby Hatchlands Park in November 2015. Having arrived after the fire, my role up until now has focused on supporting the salvage operation and maintaining strong relationships with external groups who share an interest in the future of this special place.
 
Now that the initial salvage phase is coming to an end, our attention is turning to the question of how we welcome the public back to Clandon in 2016 and beyond. My role is to ensure we offer the best possible experience for visitors. 
" What strikes me today when I enter the house is that same feeling of grandeur created in the double height Marble Hall."
- Donald Ramsay

I can remember coming to Clandon Park as a visitor long before the fire and still have vivid memories of its magnificent interiors and collection. What strikes me today when I enter the house is that same feeling of grandeur created in the double height Marble Hall by architect Giacomo Leoni in the 1720s. I remember experiencing it on earlier visits and I’m delighted and amazed that this feeling, seemingly in the fabric of the building, has survived. 
 
Even in the absence of the ornate plasterwork and decorative mouldings that previously adorned the ceiling, that feeling still exists inherent in the scale and proportions of the rooms. I suppose that this is our starting point, I can feel it and I’d like others to be able to share that experience.
 
Ultimately we’re very grateful for your support and look forward to sharing Clandon’s journey with you.