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Sir Simon David Jenkins is a British author and a newspaper columnist and editor.
Jenkins was editor of the Evening Standard from 1976-78 and of The Times from 1990-92. He chaired the National Trust from 2008-14. He currently writes columns for The Guardian and The Spectator. Jenkins served on the boards of British Rail 1979-90 and London Transport 1984-86. He was a member of the Millennium Commission from 1994-2000, and has also sat on the Board of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation. From 1985-90, he was deputy chairman of English Heritage. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has written many books on the politics, history and architecture of England, including England’s Thousand Best Churches and England’s Thousand Best Houses. In 1998 he received the What the Papers Say Journalist of the Year award and was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to journalism in the 2004 New Year Honours.