Tuesday, 16 July 2019

National Trust Member? Don't Waste Your Vote

Members of NTS have until 13th September to cast their votes in the election of trustees.  Results will be announced at the AGM – to be held at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 21st September.  This is exciting for Smith & Garratt because our director and senior surveyor Hugh Garratt has been asked to stand for the post of professional trustee for Built Heritage Conservation.  Board member Caroline Borwick contacted Hugh last summer – as soon as it was known that the current incumbent, architect Ben Tindall, would be retiring from the Trust.  There are three candidates for the post.  The Board contacted Hugh following his work at Marchmont House (Georgian Group Award 2017 and Historic Houses / Sotheby’s Restoration of the Year 2018) and his management of the restoration and delivery of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room to the new V&A, Dundee.

Hugh is proposed by Professor Ewan MacDonald – Dean of Occupational Health at Glasgow University and Chair of the group trying to save Kinloch Castle.  His seconder is Charles Taylor – specialist architectural joiner and cabinetmaker, Hugh’s partner in the Oak Room project.

Continuity and stability are important qualities of the Trust and its Board.  The optimum mix of candidates to sustain these attributes is the re-election of James Fenton and Caroline Borwick for their second four-year terms, respectively at Natural Heritage, Wildlife & Environment and Visitor Experience & Interpretation; Murray Pittock as the new lead for Education, Learning & Research – where he has worked alongside NTS in recent years; and Hugh to take the place of retiree Ben Tindall at Built Heritage Conservation, who is already familiar with Trust properties and, like Ben, has a bright, fresh approach.

If you would like to see the National Trust’s policies for built heritage conservation driven by Scotland’s top professional … vote for Hugh.  The polling card is in the back of the Trust’s summer magazine or on-line at nts.org.uk/agm.