Katie Warden Appointed as Head of Rural Operations at the Mount Stuart Trust

01st July 2024

Katie Warden Appointed as Head of Rural Operations at the Mount Stuart Trust

The Mount Stuart Trust announced today the appointment of Katie Warden as Head of Rural Operations at the Bute-based charity.

With a strong background in land management and rural enterprise, Katie's expertise will be crucial in advancing the Trust's strategic aims of conservation, engagement, sustainability and community.

Katie joins Mount Stuart Trust from the Duchy of Lancaster where she was Estate Director, running the 7500 acre Staffordshire Estate.

Katie said of her appointment: "I am honoured to join the Mount Stuart Trust and lead its rural operations on the Isle of Bute. I look forward to working closely with the local community, our business partners and tenants to continue to implement sustainable land management practices that support biodiversity and contribute to our climate change aspirations."

Sophie Crichton Stuart, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Mount Stuart Trust, said, "We are thrilled to have Katie on board to drive forward our land management plan. The Trust have ambitious plans for the coming years and alongside our existing team, Katie will play an instrumental role in delivering these. We look forward to her joining the team in August and are in no doubt she will hit the ground running."

The Mount Stuart Trust is a Charitable Trust managed by a board of independent Trustees, which works to facilitate public interest, understanding and appreciation of the arts, architecture and the rural environment.

The Trust manages and maintains a series of assets across the Island of Bute, including Mount Stuart House and gardens, 36 farms, 100 residential properties, 1447 hectares of woodland, seven holiday lets and approximately 21 commercial properties, including golf courses, bowling greens, fishing and gaming leases.

All funds generated through its operations are reinvested into the Trust to ensure a long-term sustainable future that continues to create economic value for the Island of Bute through employment, tourism revenue, housing and much more.