Master of Emmanuel College and formerly the Director General of the National Trust
Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE became Master of Emmanuel in 2012. She came to the College from the National Trust, of which she was Director-General from 2001 to 2012. She led a programme of change there, updating the structures and management of one of the country’s best known institutions, leading it to a new, more welcoming approach. During her tenure, membership of the charity, which looks after 612,000 acres (2,480 km2) of land in the United Kingdom, grew from 2.7 to 4 million people.
Before her position with the Trust, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office and was previously Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) and Secretary to the Council for National Parks.
She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the BBC and from December 2012 she became the Senior Independent Director of the Executive Board. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water. Her previous non-executive roles have been with Defra, the Farming and Food Policy Commission and the Commission on the future of Volunteering.
She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1998 and as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours for "services to heritage and conservation".