Ex-Times editor to chair National Trust

Former Times editor Simon Jenkins has been appointed as the next chair of the National Trust.

The journalist and author, who will take over the position at the trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk) from Sir William Proby in November, was chosen after a formal interview process.

The position involves two or three days' work a week and the appointment is for an initial three-year period.

Dame Fiona Reynolds, director-general of the National Trust, said Jenkins would be a powerful advocate for the organisation. "Simon is a hugely respected public figure with a deep understanding of what we do and a passion to move it forward," she said.

Jenkins, who claims to have visited every National Trust property in England and Wales, said it was a great honour to have been appointed.

"I have always been an admirer of the National Trust and I have been a member all my life, so it is with a sense of awe and excitement that I take up this post," he said.

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