Henley Standard Property
HOME

Date:

Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
Greys Court gets new general manager
Published 06/02/13



THE National Trust has appointed a general manager for Greys Court and Nuffield Place.

Jane Greenhaf, 52, started in the new position last month before the properties open for the new season on March 1.

The former banker has worked for the trust since 2010, when she became project manager at 18th-century Antony House in Cornwall.

A year later she was appointed operations manager at Greys Court when it re-opened following two-and-a-half years of restoration.

Now the Grade I listed Tudor mansion in Rotherfield Greys is extending its opening hours while the trust has also taken over Nuffield Place, the family home of Morris Motor Cars founder and philanthropist William Morris.

The two estates, which are just under six miles apart, are expected to attract 111,000 people this year.

Greys Court will be open seven days a week instead of five and as well as its usual summer season, which runs from March 1 until October 31, it will open from December 1 to 23 as well.

The car park is also being resurfaced in time for the new season and it is hoped to expand the cafés at both attractions.

Mrs Greenhaf, who lives in staff accommodation at Greys Court with her 60-year-old husband Barry, a retired engineer, has a team of 40 staff and more than 250 volunteers. She said she was “very excited” and proud of her new role.

“It’s a huge challenge but it’s also an amazing privilege,” she said. “Since coming to Greys Court, we’ve been made to feel so welcome by the staff, volunteers and the local community, which we feel very much part of.”

Mrs Greenhaf, who comes from Barry in South Wales, studied banking at university and worked for Barclays, Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank before deciding on a career change three years ago.

She said: “Call it a mid-life crisis or just a light-bulb moment, I wanted to do something that fitted with my values. I wanted to know I was making some kind of difference.

“It was an enormous culture shock coming from a modern city centre office to a converted single garage but it made me feel alive.

“I haven’t had a day’s regret in the four years since I took the first job — as twee as it sounds, it felt like coming home.” In her year at Antony House, the number of visitors rocketed from 25,000 to 100,000 after the property appeared in Tim Burton’s film Alice In Wonderland.

At Greys Court the following year, there were more than 80,000 visitors, double the expected total.

Mrs Greenhaf said: “I’d like to think I’ve got the Midas touch but it had nothing to do with me — people wanted to see Greys Court after it had been closed for so long.

“Now that we’re opening for seven days, people have far more opportunities to come and visit. With Nuffield Place also open, there are also more opportunities for staff and volunteers, so everybody wins.”

Most of Greys Court as it stands today was built in the early 1500s by Sir Francis Knollys, who was treasurer to Elizabeth I. He demolished the medieval building on the site so only part of a tower remains.

In 1935, it was taken over by Evelyn Fleming, the mother of James Bond author Ian Fleming, and sold to the Brunner family two years later. The Brunners donated it to the National Trust in 1969.

Nuffield Place was built in 1914 and was Lord Nuffield’s home from 1933 until his death in 1963.

Since then, the decor and most of the motoring pioneer’s possessions have remained untouched.

The National Trust opened the house to the public after raising £600,000 to fund its upkeep last year.

Anyone interested in volunteering at either property should call (01491) 628529 or email greyscourt@nationaltrust.org.uk


Published 06/02/13

MOST POPULAR
Browns to close after a quarter century trading
Halloween and Bonfire Night: Where to go
College plan to build campus on playing fields
High winds cause road closures
Woman launches campaign for equality in sport
Martin Clunes films new series in Nettlebed
Farewell to those magnificent flowers
Browns to close after 25 years
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
Christmas festivities to be the biggest ever
John Taylor of Duran Duran supports Henley charity
Lest We Forget: launch of Poppy Appeal
Henley skate park half pipe sold
High winds cause road closures
Apply online for secondary school places
Conservatives return donation linked to Russian
Oratory withdraw public access to gym
Angie Paterson becomes deputy leader of SODC
John Howell MP elected to 1922 committee
Local shop supports 'Wear it Pink' campaign
Secretary of the Kenton Theatre dies
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
ADVERTISE WITH US
LATEST SPORTS HEADLINES
Rugby academy unaffected by Wasps' move
Record number tackle Frieth Hilly
Robinson shines as Hawks march on
Red Kites put on five-star display
Hosts hit back in style to claim win
Top Videos
 
Most Popular
 
 
 
 
Higgs Group
HIGGS GROUP
Tel: 01491 419400
www.higgsgroup.co.uk
HENLEY PAGES
Tel: 01491 419419
www.henleypages.com
HIGGS PRINTING & DESIGN
Tel: 01491 419429
www.higgsprinting.co.uk
HIGGS OFFICE SUPPLIES
Tel: 01491 419499
www.higgsofficesupplies.co.uk
HENLEY LIFE MAGAZINE
Tel: 01491 419449
www.henleylife.co.uk
HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD.

Cookie Policy | Copyright and Terms | Competition Rules | Contact Us | Advertise with us | Site Map
© Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited 2013  |  Registered in England number 1418717