English Heritage charity appoints Kate Mavor

The Trustees of the new English Heritage charity are delighted to announce that Kate Mavor has been appointed Chief Executive of the charity. Kate Mavor moves to English Heritage from the National Trust for Scotland where she has been Chief Executive of Scotland?s biggest conservation charity since 2009.

?English Heritage looks after sites where significant moments in history happened.? Kate Mavor at the Jewel Tower in London

In April 2015, English Heritage will separate into two different organisations and Kate Mavor will become the charity?s first Chief Executive in May. The charity will retain the name English Heritage and will look after ? on behalf of the public ? the National Heritage Collection of more than 400 historic sites including Stonehenge, the 1066 Battle of Hastings battlefield, Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Rievaulx Abbey, Kenwood, and parts of Hadrian?s Wall. The charity will also be responsible for the iconic London blue plaques scheme. Historic England, a Government service, will champion England?s wider heritage and give expert, constructive advice.

Last year English Heritage received its largest number of visitors in over two decades and a record number of new members were recruited. Kate Mavor will lead plans for the charity to become completely self-funding within eight years. The charity’s priorities include a major re-presentation of some of the sites and the largest conservation and maintenance programme in the Collection?s history costing ?52m.

Kate Mavor moves to English Heritage from the National Trust for Scotland where she has been Chief Executive of Scotland?s biggest conservation charity since 2009. She arrived at the National Trust for Scotland at the height of the economic recession and at a moment of financial crisis for the Trust. She was instrumental in transforming the charity?s fortunes, introducing a five-year-plan to restore its financial stability and giving the charity a new sense of purpose. Prior to that, she was Chief Executive of Project Scotland, the pioneering youth volunteering programme encouraging young people to volunteer with over 300 charities around the country. Originally from Glasgow, she studied Modern Languages at Oxford. She is married with two sons.

Sir Tim Laurence, Chairman of the English Heritage charity, said: ?I am delighted that Kate will be joining us as our chief executive, bringing a wealth of experience from within and outside the heritage sector.? This is an exciting moment in the history of the organisation as we become a charity.? Years of planning and success have brought us to this point.? Bringing history to life for millions of people each year, and caring for such important historic sites, is a huge privilege. Kate is exactly the right person to lead the new charity at this important time.”

Kate Mavor said: “It is a privilege to lead English Heritage on the first stage of its new journey as a charity. English Heritage looks after sites where significant moments in history happened. Individually and collectively these precious places tell a remarkable story.? I look forward to building on the great successes of my predecessors.”

When English Heritage separates into two organisations, Simon Thurley, 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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