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Dame Fiona Reynolds

Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE became Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2012.

She came to the college from the National Trust, of which she was Director-General from 2001-2012. During her time at the National Trust, she made it warmer and more welcoming, bringing the houses to life and raising the profile of the Trust’s work in the countryside.

Before becoming Director-General of the Trust, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office from 1998-2000, Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England from 1987-98, (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) and Secretary to the Council for National Parks from 1980-87 (now Campaign to Protect National Parks). 

Fiona was also a volunteer with the National Trust from the mid 1980s until the late 1990s, first as a member of the Thames and Chilterns Regional Committee and later as an elected member of Council.  She chaired the Sutton House Local Committee in Hackney.

Fiona is the Senior Non-Executive Director on the Executive Board of the BBC and is a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water.

Fiona was appointed CBE for services to the environment and conservation in 1998 and DBE in 2008. She is married with three daughters and lives near Cirencester.  She loves walking, reading, classical music and opera.