How is the National Trust run? Who makes the fundamental decisions that shape our future? As an influential governance volunteer, it could be you.

A charity, a conservation body, a curator of beautiful places and spaces – and so much more. We’re a major commercial enterprise, a retailer, a restaurant chain, a visitor attraction. There is no other organisation in the UK like the National Trust. And it’s that exceptional breadth of opportunity and challenge that makes working with us so incredibly stimulating.

Working with us in a non-executive capacity is a wonderfully rewarding experience: it’s an opportunity to have a real say in our current and future operations. In return for your time, knowledge and expertise, you’ll have the chance to shape our work as you help to grow the nation’s love of special places.

Whatever your area of interest, you’ll find a range of appealing governance opportunities here. The places we look after are varied and for everyone – we’re keen to reflect this in our governance community. We welcome applications from people of all ages, areas and backgrounds who can positively contribute to our work. The details of our appointment or election processes are clearly outlined in each vacancy.

The principles underlying governance appointments

Openness, transparency and accountability: three values which we pride ourselves on. One of the most important ways for us to uphold these values is through the appointment or election of high calibre non-executives, capable and passionate people who will oversee the governance arrangements of the National Trust, and ensure that we remain focused on achieving our vision efficiently and effectively.

The various Nominations Committees of the Council play key roles in governance appointments, making sure principles and standards are being adhered to. On each of these committees sits an external member to increase the rigour of the procedures.

Before an appointment or election starts for any of the bodies in the governance structure, the relevant committee will take into account:

  • the aims and purposes of the body concerned
  • the knowledge, skills and experience required for the position in question
  • the intention to create a diverse and effective body
  • the intention to meet standards of good governance
  • the intention to avoid conflicts of interest.

The committees will always ensure that appointments or elections are:

  • overseen in a fair, equitable, objective and impartial manner
  • conducted in an open and transparent way
  • designed to be thorough, robust and expeditious
  • managed consistently
  • fully explained and readily comprehensible.

Typical opportunities


Our Board of Trustees is the National Trust’s governing body. In many ways, they’re our guardians, our conscience. Their role is to ensure that we have a clear vision and a strategy in place, and that we’re doing everything we say we’ll do. 

Council Member

Providing guidance and perspective, appointing our Trustees and ultimately holding the Board of Trustees to account, the Council is the guardian of our spirit and long-term objectives. 

Member of a Regional Advisory Board

With a real passion for your region, you’ll advise, support and challenge Regional Directors and their teams to help them deliver the Trust’s strategy in their area. 

Meet our volunteers

  • Volunteer Margaret

    Bella Mezger

    Council Member

    Day to day I work as a Management Consultant, focusing on managing change for businesses that are going through transformation. I’m passionate about getting people, particularly families and the young, into the outdoors and experiencing the delights of nature, and also believe in the power of the home, community and beauty in enabling people to understand and fulfil their potential. When I spotted an opportunity to volunteer for the Trust, I was so excited. I knew I wanted to get involved in something I cared deeply about, but wanted to continue to build my skills and experience in Consulting—this was the perfect opportunity to do both.

  • Volunteer Margaret

    Sophie Andreae

    Council Member

    My day job is a Historic Buildings Advisor and I’ve been involved with governance in other heritage sector organisations. So, when the opportunity to volunteer in a governance capacity, I jumped at the chance. People with the right skills set for handling governance-type issues are likely the find the National Trust an interesting, rewarding organisation to volunteer for. The Trust’s work is so important in this country today. It’s good to be a part of it.

  • Volunteer Margaret

    Dylan Williams

    Council Member

    Living in Snowdonia it is difficult not to be familiar with the National Trust and the vast hectares of landscape that the Trust owns and manages. The agricultural, landscape and rural tourism aspect of the Trust’s work are very close to my heart. I believe the Council to be the ‘feel’ of the National Trust, with a diversity of skill, background and geographical representation.  The Council can comment on the ‘feel’ of today and discuss how things may ‘feel’ differently against various strategic propositions. Many describe the Council as the eyes and ears of the Trust, and I agree.

Current governance opportunities

Here you’ll find information on current and future senior governance opportunities.

Please remember, we welcome applications from people of all ages, areas and backgrounds who can positively contribute to our work. If you don’t find the role you are searching for today, we'd still love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact us.

Wales Advsiory Board

  • National Trust is Wales’ largest charity with over one hundred and fifty thousand members and six thousand volunteers.  The Trust protects and opens to the public some of Wales’ finest castles, houses, gardens and industrial sites as well as one hundred and sixty miles of coastline and thousands of acres of the Welsh countryside.

    In a time of change and uncertainty the Trust in Wales is looking for three new advisory board members, particularly  people with knowledge/experience in the tourism, museum interpretation and political decision making areas,  who will work with us to grow the triple bottom line strategy of the Trust.  Simply put, to balance conservation excellence, financial strength and at the same time deliver for the people of Wales and those that visit our country a wonderful and rewarding experience.

    With senior leadership experience behind you, you’ll use your excellent

    influencing and advocacy skills to champion new approaches and innovative thinking, helping us raise our profile amongst people of all ages and backgrounds. We appreciate that it’s a big task and that is why this role is so important, why your ability to think strategically is so vital.

    It’s an exciting time to be part of the National Trust in Wales. For further information and to apply, please email or call 07770542939

    Closing date: 30 December 2016

Bwrdd Ymgynghorol Cymru

  • Yr Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol yw elusen fwyaf Cymru ac mae ganddi dros 150,000 o aelodau a 6,000 o wirfoddolwyr.  Mae’r Ymddiriedolaeth yn gwarchod ac yn agor i’r cyhoedd rhai o gestyll, tai, gerddi a safleoedd diwydiannol gorau Cymru, yn ogystal â 160 milltir o arfordir a miloedd o erwau o gefn gwlad Cymru.

    Mewn cyfnod o newid ac ansicrwydd mae’r Ymddiriedolaeth yng Nghymru yn chwilio am dri aelod newydd ar gyfer y bwrdd ymgynghorol, yn benodol pobl sydd â gwybodaeth /profiad ym meysydd twristiaeth, dehongli amgueddfeydd a gwneud penderfyniadau gwleidyddol, a fydd yn gweithio gyda ni i ddatblygu strategaeth Driphlyg sylfaenol yr Ymddiriedolaeth. Mewn geiriau eraill, cydbwyso rhagoriaeth ym maes cadwraeth a chadernid ariannol yn ogystal â chynnig amser gwych a gwerthfawr i bobl Cymru a’r rheini sy’n ymweld â’n gwlad.

    Gyda phrofiad o arwain ar lefel uchel, byddwch yn defnyddio eich sgiliau dylanwadu ac eiriolaeth gwych i hyrwyddo dulliau newydd o weithio a syniadau arloesol, gan ein helpu i godi ein proffil ymhlith pobl o bob oedran a chefndir. Rydym yn gwerthfawrogi fod hon yn dasg enfawr,  dyna pam ei bod yn swydd mor bwysig a pham y mae eich gallu i feddwl yn strategol mor hanfodol.

    Mae hi’n gyfnod cyffrous i fod yn rhan o’r Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol yng Nghymru. I gael mwy o wybodaeth ac i wneud cais, anfonwch neges ebost at neu ffoniwch 07770542939

    Dyddiad cau: 30 Rhagfyr 2016