Clementine Cecil has been picked as SAVE’s latest director, replacing William Palin who steps down after four years at the helm
Cecil (pictured) – a former journalist – previously worked on reports covering Moscow and Samara for the high profile conservation group set up in 1975 to champion the cause of decaying structures.
Palin will step down at the end of May to pursue writing and restoration projects.
He said: ‘I am very sad to be leaving, but delighted to be handing the reins to someone so experienced and capable as Clem.
‘It is a privilege to have led the organisation since 2008. We have enjoyed some major successes, including a landmark High Court ruling on demolition and the ending of the destructive and wasteful Pathfinder programme.
‘As a tiny charity, with just two full-time employees, SAVE continues to punch far above its weight. SAVE’s appetite for front line conservation battles is undiminished and, with the heritage sector facing a new era of austerity, SAVE’s independence and creativity will prove more important than ever.’
SAVE president Marcus Binney added: ‘Will Palin has brought enormous energy, ability and resourcefulness to SAVE campaigns over four years, producing and masterminding a series of key reports and taking forward the rescue of Castle House in Bridgwater, Somerset and a major group of Regency houses in the former Naval Dockyard at Sheerness, Kent.
‘He has supervised a series of successful legal challenges to demolitions of historic buildings. Most notable of these was a judgment in the Court of Appeal over Mitchell’s Brewery in Lancaster which led to sweeping new controls over demolition of all buildings. We are very sorry to be losing Will but delighted Clem Cecil is succeeding him.’
Cecil was Moscow correspondent at The Times from 2001 to 2004 and co-founded the Moscow Architecture Preservation Society which has already published three joint reports with SAVE Europe’s Heritage.
Cecil is currently working on books covering St Petersburg and abandoned rural churches in Russia.
Last week, SAVE with Allies and Morrison floated a ‘step by step’ proposal to redevelop Battersea Power Station without any demolition.