Who's who in the National Trust

Meet the people who run and govern the National Trust.

HRH Prince Charles, President of the National Trust


His Royal Highness takes a personal interest in all aspects of our work, hosting fund-raising events, meeting volunteers and visiting properties on a regular basis.

Hilary McGrady


Hilary McGrady has worked for the Trust since 2006, having been regional director for a number of regions and chief operating officer since 2014.

National Trust Chair, René Olivieri

Our Chair 

René Olivieri became Chair of the National Trust in 2022. Having worked in academia and publishing, he brings with him a wealth of governance experience from both the environmental and cultural heritage sectors.

A headshot of Sandy Nairne, Deputy Chair of the National Trust, standing outside

Our Deputy Chair 

Sandy Nairne CBE FSA was appointed Deputy Chair in February 2022 after serving on the Board of Trustees and as Director of the National Portrait Gallery.

Top of an Oak tree

Board of Trustees 

Our Board of Trustees includes people with a wealth of experience in a broad range of conservation and commercial areas.

A group of people sit around tables, facing the camera, voting by raising their hands

The Council 

The Council helps look after nature, beauty and history for future generations by keeping us connected with our supporters, advising on important decisions and informing strategy.

Director-General Hilary McGrady and visitors at Croome Court, Worcestershire

Executive Team 

Meet the current members of the National Trust's Executive Team and find out what they do.

 Staff and visitors in the Carriage House Cafe at Attingham Park, Shropshire

Follow our Director's blog 

Keep up to date with what’s going on behind the scenes at the National Trust and hear first hand what’s happening at our places as Director-General Hilary McGrady and others share their insights in the Director’s blog.