Meet Hilary: member events with our Director-General

Hilary McGrady

Meet our Director-General Hilary McGrady at a special members-only event near you.

Members play a crucial part in what the National Trust does – it’s your questions, ideas and experiences that help shape our work.

Starting at Crom in Northern Ireland on 28 October 2018, Hilary travels the country to meet members and listen to your views on the Trust. She’ll also share her vision for the future of the charity, and talk about the places that continue to inspire her.

You’ll learn about the important conservation work that your membership makes possible - from restoring beautiful and healthy natural environments, to looking after historic collections. Hilary will be joined at each event by an expert who’ll give first-hand insights into some of our most exciting and innovative projects. 

These events have a limited number of places, and local members will be given priority. If you live in the area but haven’t received an invitation, please contact the property. 

The old castle ruins at Crom

Crom, Northern Ireland, 28 September 2018

The first member event in the series will take place at Crom, a landscape of tranquil islands and ancient woodland, and one of Ireland’s most important conservation areas. Here, Hilary will talk about becoming Director-General, and the influence of her roots on that journey. Find out why Crom has been such an important place in her past, and how it inspires her vision for the Trust’s future.

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Meet Hilary at Crom

Members who couldn’t make it to Crom can catch the event on film. Find out what our Director-General was asked and why she loves Crom - her home territory of Northern Ireland. Discover from Hilary first-hand why we treasure our volunteers and why running the National Trust is like trying to stuff an octopus into a string bag…

Visitors crossing the Debdon Burn stream at Cragside

Annual General Meeting, Swindon, 20 October 2018 

Join this year's AGM to have a say on how the National Trust is run. On the day you'll hear from Hilary, and Chair Tim Parker, about the Trust's achievements over the past year and its plans for the future. In advance of the event you can read our annual report and impact review, and vote on member resolutions.

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The State Dressing Room at Nostell, West Yorkshire

Nostell, West Yorkshire, 29 November 2018

At Nostell, Hilary will be speaking about the history of the National Trust, and how the ideals of its founders are still relevant today. Against the spectacular backdrop of one of the Trust’s grandest houses, she will talk about the Trust’s journey and her vision for its future. Drawing inspiration from Nostell, she will reveal the stories behind some of the remarkable pieces in the Trust’s historic collections.