The Grosvenor Estate has announced today (Tuesday 5 December) that Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE will be appointed as a Trustee with effect from 1 January 2018.
The Trustees are the non-beneficial owners of the privately owned Grosvenor Estate and represent the interests of Grosvenor family beneficiaries both living and future generations. The Trustees establish overarching policies, offer support and give constructive challenge throughout the organisation, always acting in a non-executive capacity. They are appointed from the world of business and other walks of life and each brings a breadth and depth of experience.
Mark Preston, Executive Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate said: “Dame Fiona’s extensive experience of leading a number of well-known, public facing organisations will bring both a fresh perspective as well as a deep understanding of the countryside and public policy making. We are delighted that she has agreed to join us. She will also join the Board of Grosvenor Group Limited as a Non-Executive Director in September 2018.”
Dame Fiona became Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2012 following a long career in the voluntary sector, latterly as Director-General of the National Trust from 2001-12. Before the National Trust, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office (1998-2000), Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) from 1987-98 and Secretary to the Council for National Parks (now Campaign to Protect National Parks) from 1980-87.
Commenting on her appointment Dame Fiona said: “I am very much looking forward to joining the Grosvenor Estate as a Trustee. It is one of the most established privately owned businesses in the country and I hope that my experience in conservation, academia and the voluntary sector will bring a useful perspective to its work. I am very much looking forward to getting to know and contributing to the organisation.”
Dame Fiona holds a number of other Non-Executive roles. She is a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, Chair of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, the Green Alliance, the International National Trusts Organisation and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England.
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The business assets of the Grosvenor Estate consist of: Grosvenor Group, which manages, invests in and develops property in over 60 cities around the world; Wheatsheaf Group, which directly operates, invests in and helps to develop businesses in the food and agriculture sectors, and the Family Investment Office, which manages the philanthropic activities of the Westminster Foundation, rural estates in the UK and Spain and other financial investments.
These are owned by a series of UK (i.e. onshore) trusts, the beneficiaries of which are both current members of the Grosvenor family and future, as yet unborn, descendants.
The current Trustees of the Grosvenor Estate include Hugh, Duke of Westminster; William Kendall; Lesley Knox; Michael McLintock; Jeremy Newsum; Mark Preston and Alexander Scott.
For more information including Trustee biographies see www.grosvenorestate.com