New EH Chair
Lord Bruce-Lockhart to be new English Heritage Chairman
DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT News Release (582007) issued by The Government News Network on 24 May 2007
Lord Bruce-Lockhart has been appointed Chair of English Heritage, the Government's statutory advisor on the historic environment, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announced today.
Ms Jowell said:
"Sandy Bruce-Lockhart has a distinguished record in public life - particularly in local government - and is ideally placed to lead English Heritage. The Taking Part survey shows just how popular heritage is, and it will be a busy time for the new Chair, including taking a key role in the implementation of the White Paper, Heritage Protection in the 21st Century.
"I know that English Heritage will greatly benefit from Sandy's leadership and wide public sector experience."
The Secretary of State also paid tribute to Sir Neil Cossons for the work he has led during his term as English Heritage Chair - setting the policy framework through 'Power of Place' and bringing about the transformation of English Heritage through the modernisation programme.
Lord Bruce-Lockhart said:
"This is a terrific time to be taking on such an important role. The nation's built heritage is as loved by the public as it has ever been in the past. The months and years ahead contain many opportunities - and challenges - for English Heritage, and I am honoured to have the chance to lead them through this period."
Notes to Editors
1. Lord Bruce-Lockhart will take up the position of English Heritage chair on 1 August 2007 and prior to that will begin to familiarise himself with the organisation. The current chair, Sir Neil Cossons, will complete his final term at the end of July 2007.
2. Lord Bruce-Lockhart is currently Chair of the Local Government Association. Having qualified at the Royal Agricultural College, he has farmed in Kent since 1968 with his wife and three children. He has held a variety of leader and chair roles in local government, the public and voluntary sectors since 1986 - most notably he was chair of the Weald of Kent Preservation Society Committee, co-chair of the Thames Gateway Forum and chair of the Environment Committee and led Kent County Council from 1997 - 2005. His current positions also include Trustee of Leeds Castle Foundation, chair of Rochester Cathedral Council, president of Kent Thameside Development Board and trustee for East Malling Trust for Horticultural Research.
3. Lord Bruce-Lockhart's appointment has been made in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.
4. All public appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity in the past five years to be made public. Lord Bruce-Lockhart has declared that he was the Conservative leader of Kent County Council from 1997-2005, is currently president of the Maidstone and Weald Conservative Association, and has spoken on behalf of the Conservative Party and canvassed on its behalf at elections.
5. The post is part time (90 days per year), and will be remunerated at £45,000 per year. Lord Bruce-Lockhart will serve a five year term.
6. Lord Bruce-Lockhart holds no other public appointments.
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Posted by tiompan
24th May 2007ce
Edited 24th May 2007ce