HLF appoints new chief executive

Simon Stephens, 08.03.2016
Ros Kerslake from the Prince’s Regeneration Trust succeeds Carole Souter
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has appointed Ros Kerslake as its chief executive.

Kerslake, who will join the organisation in the summer, has been the chief executive of the Prince’s Regeneration Trust since 2006. She replaces Carole Souter, who will step down at the end of April.

Kerslake will also be the chief executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, which was created in 1980 to help organisations acquire, preserve and maintain heritage.

The HLF was established in 1994 to distribute National Lottery money to heritage projects across the UK.

“Ros Kerslake has a rich background in heritage and an impressive commitment to the role it plays in making people’s lives better,” said HLF chairman Peter Luff.

“She is the perfect choice to lead HLF and as a successful applicant for funding, she knows how the organisation feels to those who seek National Lottery support," he added.

Kerslake trained as a solicitor and started her career in legal roles before taking on wider leadership positions in the private sector, including for Gulf Oil and the Booker Group. She has also worked for Railtrack and RegenCo, an urban regeneration company in the West Midlands.