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