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26 Sept 2022

Our new President: Jackie Bird

Jackie Bird sits on a bench in a garden, with trees behind her. She is smiling.
Jackie Bird, President of the National Trust for Scotland
Members endorsed the appointment of Jackie Bird as our first female President at the Trust’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday 24 September.

Welcoming her to the Presidency, National Trust for Scotland Deputy Chair David Mitchell, who convened the AGM, said:

‘Jackie Bird is already a committed friend to the National Trust for Scotland, doing a wonderful job at presenting our Love Scotland podcasts. We are delighted that she has strengthened the connection, taking on this valuable ambassadorial role for the Trust.

‘Jackie’s deep interest in Scotland’s heritage, and her skills at communicating that, will be a huge asset to the Trust. We’re grateful to Jackie for accepting the role, delighted that our members confirmed her appointment, and very excited about working with her to tell people about Scotland’s magnificent heritage and the work the Trust does to protect, care for, share and speak up for it.’

Speaking ahead of the Annual General Meeting and her confirmation as President, Jackie said:

‘When I started hosting the National Trust for Scotland podcast during the pandemic, my eyes were really opened to the value of its people, its places and the breadth of its activity to protect Scotland’s heritage.

‘I knew the Trust cared for some of Scotland’s most historic buildings and landscapes but I hadn’t fully realised its vast remit in terms of protecting our natural world – from flora and fauna to the stewardship of entire islands.’

“More than ever, I know the importance of the Trust’s work to all parts of Scotland and to all generations who live or visit here.”
Jackie Bird
President of the National Trust for Scotland
A lady with shoulder-length red hair stands in front of a wooden fence. She has her hands in her jeans pockets and is smiling at the camera.

Jackie continued: ‘I’m absolutely committed to, and excited about, using my role as President to communicate that importance to different audiences, and I’m flattered to have the opportunity to do so.’

Jackie begins her role immediately.

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