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On 1 September 2005 a new 12 member Board of Trustees took on responsibility for the running of the National Trust under the new governance arrangements.


The 52 member National Trust Council is responsible for appointing the Board of Trustees, for advising and holding it to account and for acting as the Trustís conscience in delivering its statutory purpose and representing the interests of the nation.


Sir William Proby, the National Trust Chairman comments;


'We believe that this combination of the representative body and the trustee body working together will provide both the strength and the necessary tension to ensure that an organisation like the Trust continues to deliver its core purpose, while working efficiently and effectively, as both a charity and a large and complex business.'




Sir William Proby  


Sir William Proby Bt.



36, Queen Anne's Gate




Sue Davies  

 Sir Crispin Davis

Charles Gurassa

Mark Jones

Sir Laurie Magnus

Hugh Matheson

Professor Adrian Phillips

Michael Quicke

Simon Timms

Mary Villiers OBE




Sir William Proby took over as Chairman of the National Trust on 1 May 2003.