Mark Jones appointed as chairman of National Trust for Scotland
Geraldine Kendall Adams, 10.07.2019
Former V&A director to take over from Moir Lockhead
The National Trust for Scotland has appointed Mark Jones as its next chairman.
Jones will take up the position in August, succeeding Moir Lockhead, who is stepping down from the conservation charity after four years.
Jones has had a long career in the museum and heritage sector. He served as the director of National Museums Scotland between 1992 and 2001, during which time he led the project to create the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh – which later merged with the Royal Museum to become the National Museum of Scotland.
He went on to become the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, where he oversaw the roll-out of the free entry policy and a number of significant gallery redevelopments.
After leaving the V&A in 2011, Jones spent five years as the master of St Cross College, Oxford, and is currently the chairman of the Pilgrim Trust, the Historic Scotland Foundation and the Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust.
Jones said: “It has never been more important to understand our history and heritage and to protect our natural environment. I am delighted to be working with the National Trust for Scotland which does all of this so well.”
He added: “There has been great progress under Sir Moir’s stewardship and I thank him for his contribution to caring for Scotland’s heritage over the past four years.”
The National Trust for Scotland is responsible for 271 listed buildings across Scotland, and cares for collections of around 300,000 objects.
Jones will start as chairman on 9 August.