He succeeds Shonaig Macpherson, who stepped down today.
Mr Balharry has been a member of the Board of the conservation charity since October 2008. He will act as interim Chairman of the Trust’s Board and Council, until a permanent successor is appointed.
“Following in the footsteps of our outgoing Chairman is not going to be an easy task. However, it is an honour to be asked and a challenge I am prepared to undertake. The obligations, commitments and responsibilities that Council and the Board need to discharge are demanding and vital to the progress of the Trust. Working with dedicated staff, members and volunteers, I look forward to contributing to sustaining and improving the national cultural and natural treasures we all love.”
Paying tribute to Shonaig Macpherson, the President of the National Trust for Scotland, the Duke of Buccleuch, said:
“Shonaig Macpherson has worked with utter dedication and tireless energy on behalf of the Trust. It is to her great credit that the Trust’s financial position has been stabilised and the question of the Trust’s long term sustainability is now being addressed.”