Read the Council election candidates’ responses to your questions

Heelis, the Central Office for the National Trust at Swindon, Wiltshire

Thank you to everyone who submitted a question. We’ve picked six questions to put to the Council election candidates, which represent the range of questions we received.

Read the candidates' answers to each question below to find out more about their experience, views and what matters to them.

A beautiful autumn landscape full of autumn colour

How would you hold the Board of Trustees to account? 

The principle responsibilities of the Council are to appoint the Board of Trustees and hold them to account. If elected, how would you contribute to achieving this?

Wessenden Valley, Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire

What are the most challenging environmental issues? 

What do you think are the most challenging environmental issues facing the National Trust over the next ten years?

Hughenden, Buckinghamshire

In what way do you think equality and diversity is relevant to the National Trust? 

The National Trust’s core purpose is to ‘look after special places for ever, for everyone’. In this context, how are equality and diversity relevant?

National Trust Chairman Tim Parker

What are your views on the resolutions submitted for the 2017 AGM? 

Resolutions have been submitted to the forthcoming AGM, about the A303 at Stonehenge, and for a cessation of trail hunting, exempt hunting and hound exercise. What are your views on them?

Visitors take in the view on The Vyne's rooftop walkway.

How should increasing visitor numbers be balanced with conservation? 

What are your views on how to balance increasing visitor numbers with conservation?

Wightwick Manor near Wolverhampton decorated in the style of the Arts and Crafts movement

How should the National Trust promote local distinctiveness? 

What do you think the National Trust’s role should be in promoting local distinctiveness at its properties?

How the process worked

  • This is a trial process based on feedback from members and it’s not a formal part of the year’s election process
  • Election candidates were invited to participate on a voluntary basis, so the questions which were chosen were shared with all candidates and it was for individuals to decide whether they wished to respond
  • Questions exceeding 30 words were edited
  • Questions were chosen to represent the range of topics we received

Please note: if you submitted a question, you will not receive an individual response to your question or a reply to your email. Your information will only be used for the purpose of processing the questions and will not be used for anything else. Your name and contact details will not be saved or stored. Your message will be deleted once responses have been published. 

NT Council members

Meet the candidates  

Find out more about the members standing for election to the Council. You can also read the Council election candidates’ responses to your questions below.