Helen joins the Trust from her current role as permanent secretary to the Home Office. Previously, Helen held a variety of civil service roles including as permanent secretary to Defra between 2005 and 2010.
Dame Helen Ghosh (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
She will take over from Fiona Reynolds who has been at the helm for nearly 12 years. During that time, Fiona has grown the charity's membership to four million and built a volunteer base of more than 67,000 people.
Helen said: "I have been an admirer of the Trust and its work all my life, and I am thrilled that I have been given the chance to be part of its future. I am delighted to be able to build on Fiona Reynolds' great work in setting the Trust's direction for the 21st century."
Simon Jenkins, chairman of the National Trust (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
Fiona Reynolds, who moves on to become Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2013, said: "I am delighted by Helen’s appointment. The National Trust is a fantastic organisation to work for and I wish her, and the Trust, all the very best for the future."
The National Trust was founded in 1895 to protect threatened coastline, countryside and buildings for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone.
Today the Trust employs more than 5,500 people and cares for special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including 250,000 hectares of countryside, 710 miles of coastline and 300 historic houses and gardens.
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