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Patrick Begg

Patrick Begg

Director of Natural Resources, National Trust

Patrick is the National Trust’s Outdoors and Natural Resources Director and leads the Trust’s thinking on climate change and the wider the wider environment. This embraces energy, water, waste and how we move towards a genuinely circular economy. He’s also national lead for rangers, and access – both to the countryside and our growing work around greenspace in urban areas. There’s a strong delivery dimension to his work as sponsor for major national programmes of work: Renewable Generation, Riverlands and our Green Recovery Challenge landscape-scale interventions. Finally, he’s leading our ongoing assessment of the risks and opportunities surrounding new markets in ecosystem services.

Previously in the National Trust he led on rural enterprise issues and has fulfilled senior operational roles including Regional Director and Area Manager. He has also headed up the organisation’s Policy and Planning function and continues to play a leading role in national policy advocacy work around land use, climate change, soils and water.

With an original background in archaeology, he brings a broad range of conservation passions and experience which span nature, culture and economics. He takes his conservation passions home with him and blends a love of the outdoors with enthusiasm for as many sports as possible.