The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has signalled the end of Sir Jocelyn Stevens' rocky tenure as chairman of English Heritage by announcing it will be advertising for a new chief to take over next year.
Culture secretary Chris Smith praised Sir Jocelyn as a 'doughty champion of our national heritage', but the eh chairman may not have helped his own cause by becoming involved so controversially with the government's quest to find a new gla building design earlier this year. Sir Jocelyn outspokenly attacked one of two shortlisted designs for the gla building - by Will Alsop - which caused the developer to withdraw temporarily before Foster's Potters' Fields scheme was eventually chosen.
The dcms, responsible for eh, will advertise widely for a replacement to take over when Sir Jocelyn's term of office ends on 31 March 2000. The remunerated post is for five years and Smith wants the chair's role to exercise 'strategic direction' for the body, after its merger with the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (rchme).