English Heritage names new chief executives

Simon Stephens, 04.02.2015
Kate Mavor and Duncan Wilson to join body after split
English Heritage has named the two chief executives that will take over when the organisation splits in two later this year.

Kate Mavor is to be the new chief executive of English Heritage, which will become an independent charitable trust on 1 April.

Mavor, currently the chief executive of the National Trust for Scotland, is to join English Heritage in May.

The charity will retain the name English Heritage and will look after the National Heritage Collection of more than 400 historic sites. These include Stonehenge, the 1066 Battle of Hastings battlefield, Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Rievaulx Abbey, Kenwood, and parts of Hadrian’s Wall. The English Heritage charity will also be responsible for the London blue plaques scheme.

Meanwhile Duncan Wilson, currently the head of Alexandra Palace and Park in London, has been appointed the first chief executive of Historic England.

The new organisation, which is to remain a government service, will champion England’s wider heritage and provide expert advice.

Following the English Heritage split, Simon Thurley, who has been the chief executive of the organisation in its current form for the past 13 years, will step down and take up a senior research fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research.


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