National Trust of Australia (Victoria) appoints Interim CEO

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) (NTAV) today announced that it had appointed Philip Martins as its Interim Chief Executive Officer. Philip will take on the role from 15 February following the completion of Simon Ambrose's term as NTAV CEO.

NTAV chair Andrew Logie-Smith said that the process to recruit for a permanent CEO is well underway and that pending an appointment, the Board considered it appropriate for the organisation’s Chief Financial Officer, Philip Martins, to step in as interim CEO.

“We are delighted that Philip will assume control while we seek a permanent replacement for Simon,” Mr Logie-Smith said.

“Philip has stepped in before in an acting capacity when required and done a fantastic job and we thank him for again taking on the role on an interim basis.”


Philip Martins, Chief Financial Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer (from 15 February 2024).


Mr Martins joined the National Trust in July 2021 from Brad Teal Woodard Real Estate and has considerable leadership experience in both the public and private sector and in the not-for-profit space as a founding board member of the Live for Lily Foundation, a Melbourne based children’s cancer charity.

Andrew Logie-Smith said that the board of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) acknowledges the significant contribution Simon has made during his tenure as CEO.  He commenced at NTAV on 15th August 2016.

“We would like to again thank Simon for his enormous and dedicated contribution to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) over the past 7 ½ years and we look forward to farewelling him in style over the coming week ahead.” Mr Logie-Smith said.

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