National Trust is a charity and completely independent of Government. National Trust has over 3.7 million members and 61,000 volunteers. More than 17 million people visit their pay for entry properties, while an estimated 50 million visit their open air properties.
They protect and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments.
Ingrid Samuel, Historic Environment Director
As Historic Environment Director, Ingrid Samuel has strategic responsibility for policy development and practice across the National Trust’s historic buildings and archaeology. Ingrid is also the NT’s strategic lead for Land Use Planning, in which capacity she oversees planning policy and national projects relating to major infrastructure such as HS2, and chairs the Trust’s Planning Board. A former civil servant, Ingrid was Head of Heritage and Architecture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. She has a doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge and lives in London.