National Trust chief: ‘we must focus on things that make a difference’ | Anna Bawden

Dame Helen Ghosh's priority is preservation, not campaigning, but she says fracking has no place on National Trust land

Dame Helen Ghosh, director-general of the National Trust, is no stranger to media storms. In 2012, after quitting as permanent secretary at the Home Office she reportedly criticised the lack of women in David Cameron's government, although she later denied this. Last year, after joining the trust she caused controversy with an interview in the Times that suggested she was pro-fracking, as well as anti-wind farms. She said its selective quotes gave a false impression of where the trust stands on these issues.

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