Thank you for your interest in the National Trust’s South West Regional Advisory Group. We are looking for a new Chair who can help us to shape our Advisory Group and deliver our ambitious strategy and plans in the South West of England. We are also looking for new volunteers to join as members of our Advisory Group.

The National Trust was established in 1895 by people who believed that people have a fundamental need for access to nature, space and beauty, and that special places need protection. Today the National Trust holds true to those beliefs. Over our 125 years, the Trust has continued to evolve, responding the context of the time and to the idea that we can provide benefit for the nation. This year we celebrate our 125th birthday and look forward to the next 125 years.

We want everyone to feel welcome and included at our properties and in the work we do, and to have an opportunity to get involved. Our Playing our Part strategy sets out how we are responding to current challenges and opportunities. Responding to the crisis in nature and environment, we are working in partnership to restore and connect nature rich habitats and exploring how we can make it easier for everyone to have access to green space and nature along with the benefits this brings. In January we announced ambitious plans to play our part in tackling climate change by becoming net zero by 2030, growing 20 million trees to create more woodland, and confirming our commitment to investments in renewables.

We are investing more than ever in looking after our places, caring for our buildings, collections and landscapes. And we are developing programmes and activities to appeal to more people, and exploring how the rich histories our places hold are shared; places that we understand hold different meanings for different people at different times.

The South West is a fantastic and diverse region, with historic houses, parklands, gardens, coastline, archaeology and countryside rich in nature, beauty and history. The National Trust employs 3,200 people and benefits from the support of 14,000 volunteers in the South West. It’s the passion of our people and supporters that makes the National Trust a special place to work and volunteer. However, we recognise we can’t deliver our strategy on our own and increasingly we work in partnership with other organisations, universities and communities. People are the key to our success.

We generate £100m turnover from diverse commercial and fundraising activities, and spend £50m a year on conservation and access projects. We constantly prioritise where we put our energy and resources, looking for new ways to be more effective and have a greater impact.

I am seeking volunteers who are based in the South West, who can help us rise to the challenge of leading a large and complex organisation, think creatively about the opportunities the South West offers, and bring new connections and perspectives in delivering our strategy and regional plans.

If you feel you can volunteer your external insights, experience, passion and challenge, then we would love to hear from you.

Yours faithfully,

Rebecca Burton

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