Derek Murray

Derek Murray

I have worked for The National Trust for 19 years, starting at Hezlett House through the A.C.E. Scheme [which was a scheme to get people back to work, and I’m still here]. In my time with the Trust, I have been lucky enough to have worked at all our properties on the North Coast, also I have met and worked alongside some good colleagues.

My role as a Ranger for Downhill and Portstewart Strand entails helping to look after and maintain our property to a high standard for all our visitors to enjoy.

I enjoy the variation of my Ranger role and working alongside our dedicated team of volunteers. Also meeting visitors from all over the world, in what has to be one of the best offices in the world, the North Coast [cliché I know]. I could be repairing a fence one day, then sailing kids around at the kite festival the next.

Having left school with no qualifications, I suppose my best memory would be achieving an NVQ in Environmental Science [landscapes & ecosystems] through the National Trust.

I think it’s not only the history of the Earl Bishop that attracts visitors, but the vision he had in creating the Demesne among the surrounding stunning views.