Heather McLachlan

Board Member

National Trust

Heather McLachlan

Heather McLachlan has worked in the natural, built and cultural heritage sector for over 19 years and is currently the Regional Director of the National Trust in Northern Ireland. 

During her time with the National Trust, she has overseen the £8.5 million restoration of the mansion at Mount Stewart, the acquisition of the remainder of the Demesne lands at Mount Stewart and the development of a ten year vision for the organisation in Northern Ireland.  This vision includes a coastal path around Northern Ireland, an increase in biodiversity and nature both in terms of quality and size across National Trust land holdings, a clear plan for the future management of Strangford Lough and new coastal legislation and policy to protect our coast in a changing climate.

Heather was previously Chief Executive of the Ulster Wildlife Trust, one of 47 Wildlife Trusts which work across the British Isles.  She has over 27 years’ experience in the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland having worked previously in delivering the IFI Leadership Programme as well as having worked for Simon Community, Bryson House and Corrymeela Community and as a management consultant. Heather is also a Trustee of the Cecil King Memorial Foundation.

Heather has two children and enjoys outdoor activities including hill walking and running.