Dame Helen Ghosh joins the National 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. She will take over from Fiona Reynolds who has been at the helm for nearly 12 years. During that time, Fiona has grown National Trust 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.'