National Trust searches for Barton replacement

The National Trust is on the hunt for a director of communications to replace Jon Barton, who left after two years at the post last week to set up his own PR consultancy.

The director of comms has overall responsibility for the entire communications department, which includes the trust’s press office, members’ magazine, website, external relations team and a planning function that aims to integrate communications across the charity.

Reporting to director of customer services Anne Dixon, the successful candidate will lead a 20-strong team at the London headquarters of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The vacancy comes as the trust, which own 80 per cent of the UK coast, begins preparations for the launch of Sea Britain in 2005 and tries to broaden its reach beyond members.

‘We want to appoint someone who can take advantage of the media opportunity to promote the National Trust’s position as guardian of the coast, the nation’s finest landscapes and Britain’s most inspiring historic homes,’ said National Trust head of media Julian Lloyd.

‘We also need someone who can ensure that our messages are consistent across different teams in our extremely disparate organisation and through a variety of media,’ he added.

Lloyd said experience with the media and strategic comms was essential.

The National Trust has over three million members and cares for over 248,000 hectares of countryside and more than 200 buildings.

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