Meet the team

Oak leaves in September in the garden at Florence Court, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Our team has a wealth of experience on a wide range of projects, but also regularly pull on our relevant operational staff and national specialists for expert advice when needed.

Matt Doran, Head of External Partnerships Team

After spending four years in various Government Departments in Whitehall, Matt joined the National Trust in 2003. He’s undertaken a range of roles, including developing relationships with external partners, project management and developing a team of specialists, as well as working closely with a number of properties to develop their business.

As a Consultancy Manager since 2011, Matt headed up a team of internal experts in fields such as; commercial, marketing, membership, fundraising, digital, visitor experience and volunteering specialists. Matt has an extensive understanding of the Trust’s business; operational, specialist and strategic. He is a member of the Trust’s Midlands Management Team and heads up our External Partnerships Team which is responsible for developing and delivering our external work.

Nick Sellwood, Project Manager

Nick Sellwood has worked in heritage and green space sector since 1990, and has been with the National Trust since 2010 in a number of Project Management roles. He has extensive experience of local government, most latterly working at a senior level within the Parks and Countryside Service at Sheffield City Council before moving to the Trust. Nick led the Trust’s partnership work with Derbyshire County Council to secure a sustainable future for Elvaston Castle and Country Park, which includes a Grade II* house , Park and Garden. Nick also co-ordinated a commission for Creswell Heritage Trust during 2015 that has involved in full governance, and operational and organisational review, culminating in the production of a three- year business plan.

Victoria Bradford-Keegan, Project Manager

Victoria has over 10 years consultancy experience and combines this experience with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the heritage, environmental, regeneration and economic development sectors. She is an experienced project manager with expertise in strategic development, experience design and master planning, and has most recently worked on the Nesta funded rethinking parks project.

Alison Pearce, Project Manager

Alison joined the National Trust in 2011 as a Consultancy Manager. For five years she led a large multidisciplinary team comprising of experts in visitor experience, curatorship, commercial, fundraising, project management, volunteering and conservation disciplines.  In this role, she developed and led a Masterplanning programme for National Trust properties in the North West. Each masterplan set a clear direction for the visitor business, identified investments and operational changes required, and established the phasing, financing and approach to delivery for each investment.  Alison worked in partnership with operational teams, brokered specialist input and sought to ensure that future investments/changes do not compromise the conservation and historical integrity of these special places. 

Howard Bristol, Assistant Project Manager

Howard has been involved with the National Trust since 2013, when he supported the Media and External Affairs team to raise the profile of the Trust’s coastal conservation work. Following this, he supported the launch of the High Peak Moors Vision and Plan in the Peak District, and assisted the Trust’s Consultancy in the Midlands on a project to improve visitor services at a council-owned country park estate. With a foundation in project coordination and project management, Howard is now helping External Partnerships Project Managers deliver partnerships projects in areas as wide ranging as parks and pottery collections.

Ellie Lyons, Assistant Project Manager

Ellie has worked for the National Trust since 2011, helping to coordinate and deliver a number of partnership projects in Manchester City Centre. Most recently these have involved working with Manchester City Council to deliver green space improvements across Manchester, managing small scale events, and undertaking evaluation of the National Trust's regional strategy for the city.

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