Na­tional Trust head stands down

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DAME He­len Ghosh will leave her post as di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Na­tional Trust, a job she has held since 2012, to be­come the first fe­male master at Bal­liol Col­lege, Ox­ford, it was an­nounced last week. Her pre­de­ces­sor, Dame Fiona Reynolds, took a sim­i­lar route, to Cam­bridge. Mem­ber­ship has risen dur­ing Dame He­len’s ten­ure, as well as vis­i­tor num­bers and rev­enues, al­though do­na­tions fell by 10% in 2016 and the Trust has come un­der fire re­cently for over­charg­ing se­nior cit­i­zens and its pur­chase of Thor­neyth­waite Farm in the Lake Dis­trict. A spokesper­son has said the trustees be­lieve she has done ‘an as­tound­ing job’ and that ‘there will be no change of di­rec­tion’. ‘The de­ci­sion was a very tough one,’ says Dame He­len, ‘but the Trust is in a great place and 2018, which will be my sixth year here, seemed the right time to hand over.’

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