Grevel Lindop, Manchester
As a keen walker, poet, writer, father and grandfather, I’m aware of how the National Trust has benefited the UK’s culture and environment – without its work over the past 120 years, Britain would be unrecognisable. I also understand how charities work: I’ve been a Trustee of The Wordsworth Trust, and I’m now a Trustee of an educational charity. The loss of EU farm subsidies, pressures from house building and transport, mean the National Trust must more than ever advocate sustainable land use, the spiritual value of landscape, and the importance of lively cultural education. As a writer, speaker, former academic and enthusiast, I want to help the National Trust meet that challenge.