5,113 days with the National Trust and with every day comes a new challenge

Published : Mon 11th Nov Author : Mark Walsingham

I’ve been with the National Trust a whole 14 years and I’ve worked my way right up from a Senior Rural Surveyor post to become Head of Rural Surveying. What attracted me? Well, I’ve always had a passion for conservation and I’d studied the field with my MSc in Rural Estate Management. I felt, and still believe, that the National Trust is one of the few places that you can really make a difference in the long term. The scale and diversity of the land and the fact we own most of it forever provides great challenges and a scope of work that I’ve found tremendously rewarding.

It’s safe to say there’s never a dull moment as every day seems to bring a new challenge. I can honestly say I’ve been satisfied at every level of my career. I’ve had the chance to see some amazing projects and programmes through and built some great relationships along the way. That’s one of the things I enjoy the most – working with really interesting people every day, be those staff or tenants. People that share your passion for conservation and genuinely believe that special places should be ‘forever, for everyone’. 

It’s a really exciting time to join the team. We’re working towards the bigger picture, with a  two year multi-million pound residential investment programme in the pipeline. We’re also busy rethinking our approach to looking after woodland, nature, conservation and agriculture. And to do this, we need to make sure that our capabilities are leading edge at we’re really at the top of our game. That’s why we invest in training our surveyors so they have the best professional skills to drive us forward. So yes, there’s definitely a lot going on to keep me busy! In my free time, I love spending time with my wife and children. We love walking and exploring land, of course, so my free membership card definitely comes in handy!