Since the formal launch of INTO at the International Conference of National Trusts in New Delhi in December 2007, the INTO Secretariat has been established within the London headquarters of the National Trust (England, Wales, and Northern Ireland). Click on a name to jump to their profile, or scroll down to view all four.
With a background in languages, Catherine Leonard spent four years developing teaching resources for children, including a year on the French island of La Reunion. Catherine then worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before joining the National Trust (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) in 1999 as European and Overseas Co-ordinator, when she was responsible for the Trust’s work with overseas heritage conservation groups, running the European Exchange Programme and managing the European Network of National Heritage Organisations. Over the years, Catherine has been involved with National Trusts all over the world (from Australia, Bermuda and China to Slovakia, USA and Zimbabwe!) and now heads serves INTO as Secretary General. Catherine studied languages and literature at university and has spent time living and working in France, Germany, Italy and Russia.
Oliver Maurice is INTO’s Director of Membership Development and Services. He is responsible for ‘growing’ the National Trust family, helping existing Trusts develop their capacity and advising embryonic organisations on the transition to becoming National Trusts. He will be overseeing the provision of services to members. During a career spanning 32 years with the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Oliver, who trained as a land agent and chartered surveyor, was responsible for the direct management of many properties and estates, firstly in the Lake District (NW England) and then East Anglia, before being promoted to Director of the Northumbria Region, a post that he held for 8 years, and finally Director of the NW region for 10 years. Following his retirement in 2002 Oliver became an international heritage consultant, offering advice and assistance to National and Heritage Trusts around the world. In that capacity he has helped to establish the Bali Heritage Trust, has worked with the Sumatra Heritage Trust, the National Trust for New South Wales, the National Trust of Fiji and Din L’Art Helwa (the National Trust for Malta) and the National Trust of Barbados, giving talks, running workshops and, when requested, writing a report with recommendations following the visit. In 2006, Oliver and his wife moved to the south of France.
Geoffrey Read is INTO’s Director of Special Projects and has spent his career working on urban development issues and programmes. Geoff has a background in civil and municipal engineering and, with a smattering of applied economics. Experience working in Europe, Africa and South and East Asia has given the opportunity to be exposed to a broad range of challenges to be dealt with during policy assessment and formulation, development programme design, and physical project management and implementation. His academic background is in civil and municipal engineering, and business administration. Building on extensive private sector experience, and then some 25 years working in the World Bank Group, much of it China, he has had the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of approaches adopted, and lessons learned by clients, addressing the challenges of urban development, including those specifically exploring the unique role and features of culture and heritage. In China, he has also advised on heritage programs in a number of provinces and several of China’s mega-cities.
Bill is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Trust for Land and Culture (B.C.) Society.
Bill Turner before retiring was the Executive Director of TLC, The Land Conservancy of British Columbia. Bill came to this role from a career in commercial real estate and business. He has also served as a member of the board of the American Friends of Canadian Land Trust, the Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia, the Pacific Coast Joint Venture, the Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture and the BC Conservation Lands Forum. Bill served as a member of the Citizens Conservation Council on Climate Action (a council that advises the government of British Columbia on issues relating to Climate Change.
Bill has assisted the Federal Minister of Environment as a member of the Ministers Roundtable on Parks Canada and on the proposal to create a National Trust for Canada. Bill is a member of the Order of Canada (Canada’s highest civilian honour) and in 2007 was given an honorary L.L.D. by the University of Victoria. In 2012 Bill was presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The National Trust for Land and Culture (B.C.) which is an Associate member of INTO.
Bill has been involved with INTO since 2005 when he joined the steering committee that was tasked to create INTO.