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English Heritage names new chair

Laurie Magnus has been appointed as the new chairman of English Heritage

Magnus is currently the National Trust’s deputy chairman and will assume his new four-year role from 1 September.

Arriving wiith 35 years of commercial experience, Magnus was a member of the UK Listing Authority Advisory Committee until 2011. He succeeds Baroness Kay Andrews who has been in post for three years.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said: ‘English Heritage is now entering a really exciting period in its development and new government investment of £80 million, announced last month, means that we have a fantastic opportunity to transform the future of England’s heritage for generations to come.

‘Laurie’s long and distinguished career in finance, coupled with his passion for - and experience of - the heritage world, make him an ideal choice to carry this work forward.”

Magnus said: ‘The heritage sector in England is a tremendous force for good. It celebrates our extraordinary national history, educating and inspiring millions, building bridges across generations and bringing employment and growth.’

‘English Heritage has an exceptional collection of historic properties and a proud record. Baroness Andrews has been a respected and effective Chairman and I look forward to continuing her great work.”

The appointment was welcomed by the Heritage Alliance, which represents 90 independent heritage bodies.

Alliance Chairman Loyd Grossman said: ‘We warmly welcome the appointment Sir Laurie Magnus, whose experience in the heritage sector and business career will equip him to take English Heritage forward into this new stage in its history’.

Magnus has been Deputy Chairman of The National Trust since 2005 and became a member of its Finance Committee since 1997, subsequently becoming its chairman.

He is Deputy Chairman of The Windsor Leadership Trust and a Trustee of the Landmark Trust, the Allchurches Trust and b-eat (The Eating Disorders Association). Between 2001 and 2011 He was a member of the UK Listing Authority Advisory Committee.

He is Deputy Chairman (Europe) of Evercore Partners and has over 35 years of experience in the corporate finance advisory business. During the 1980s he was based in South East Asia and during the last 20 years has focused on the financial services sector.

He is Chairman of The JP Morgan Income&Capital Trust plc and a non-executive director of The Cayenne Trust plc, Pantheon International Participations plc and Fidelity Japanese Values plc.

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