National Trust appoints new chairman

Businessman Tim Parker to replace Simon Jenkins in November
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The National Trust has appointed businessman Tim Parker as its chairman.

Parker, the chairman and chief executive of luggage business Samsonite, will replace Simon Jenkins when he steps down at the trust’s annual general meeting on 8 November.

Parker, who is also the chairman of the National Trust's commercial panel, is a former economist at the Treasury and has has served on the boards of three FTSE 100 companies (Legal and General, Alliance Boots and the Compass Group).

He is a patron of the National Theatre and friend of the Royal Opera House.

“Tim combines a lifelong passion for the work of the trust with experience of leading large and successful organisations like ours,” said Helen Ghosh, the director-general of the National Trust.

Jenkins became the chairman of the National Trust in November 2008. During the past few years, the organisation has seen its membership grow to more than four million and annual visits to its paid-for properties approach 20 million.

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