Have your say in the review of our Council’s Appointing Bodies

Visitor walking on patch at Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl

In 2018, we’ll be reviewing our Council’s Appointing Bodies. Read on to find out what our Appointing Bodies are, what the review involves and the feedback we’d like from you.

About our Council

Our Council is one of our key governance bodies. It appoints the Board of Trustees and holds it to account. Half of the Council’s members are appointed by Appointing Bodies. The other half are elected directly by you, our members.  

About our Appointing Bodies

Appointing Bodies are organisations which are chosen by our members every six years. The current list of 26 Appointing Bodies was selected by our members in 2012, making 2018 the next review date.  

In 2015, a resolution was passed making some changes to the way we are run, including a change in the size of the Council from 52 members to 36 members, maintaining an equal balance of appointed and elected members. This means that at the next review, members will vote on which 18 organisations will continue or become new Appointing Bodies. 

The list of 26 Appointing Bodies, selected by our members in 2012 is:

  • Campaign to Protect Rural England
  • Confederation of British Industry
  • Council for British Archaeology
  • Country Land & Business Association
  • Historic Houses Association
  • Institute of Conservation
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Museums Association
  • National Farmers’ Union
  • National Federation of Women’s Institutes
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Open Spaces Society
  • Ramblers
  • Royal Agricultural Society of England
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • RSPB
  • Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
  • Soil Association
  • Tenants’ Association of the National Trust
  • The Arts Society
  • The Conservation Volunteers
  • The Gardens Trust
  • The Prince’s Trust
  • The Scout Association
  • The Wildlife Trusts
  • Visit  Britain

About the review

To help our members choose which 18 organisations will continue or become new Appointing Bodies in 2018, our constitution requires our Council to make recommendations to them. This work is led by a Nominations Committee, made up of current elected Council members and an independent member.

The feedback we receive through the consultation will inform the Nominations Committee’s work and, ultimately, our Council’s recommendations which are presented to our members in the form of a ballot. Members can vote for any of the candidate organisations included in that ballot. The outcome of the ballot will be announced at the Annual General Meeting in the autumn of 2018.  

What we're looking for

Through this consultation, we’re inviting feedback about potential candidate organisations to go forward to the review in 2018.  We’re looking for organisations that align with the National Trust’s strategy, Playing our part (which you can download as a PDF at the end of the page). The strategy explains our aims as:

  • Looking after the places in our care
  • Restoring a healthy, beautiful natural environment
  • Creating experiences of our places that move, teach and inspire
  • Helping look after the places where people live
  • Growing our support

We’re also looking for potential candidate organisations which:

  • Reflect the National Trust’s geographic diversity across England and particularly in relation to Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Have the motivation and ability to nominate individuals who will be effective, active members of our Council

We’d love to hear from you

Let us know what you think about our current Appointing Bodies and whether there are any organisations you think would be good candidates for the 2018 review. We’re keen to hear your feedback by 22 October 2017.