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Hilary McGrady, Director-General of the National Trust
Hilary McGrady, Director-General of the National Trust | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Hilary McGrady became the National Trust’s Director-General in 2018. Learn about Hilary’s background and how she sees her role at the Trust.

About Hilary

Hilary has worked for the National Trust since 2006, when she joined as regional director for Northern Ireland. She later became Regional Director for Wales and the London and South East region. Hilary was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2014, leading the operations and consultancy teams.

Hilary's career

Originally trained in graphic design, Hilary began her career in brand and marketing in the drinks industry. In 1998 she moved to become director of a national arts charity. Hilary was seconded in 2002 to become CEO of Belfast’s bid to become European Capital of Culture.

I am picking up the baton from a long list of inspiring leaders who have helped us grow over the last 125 years. We now have over 5 million members supporting what we do and a portfolio of extraordinary places. I see my role as building on that success and inspiring more people from all parts of our nation to love, engage with and want to care for the places that matter to them.

A quote by Hilary McGradyNational Trust Director-General

Life outside of work

Hilary is married with three children. Her interests include the arts, gardening and hillwalking.

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