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Create Streets chief among Historic England's new commissioners

Nicholas Boys Smith
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Historic England has appointed five new commissioners including Create Streets founder Nicholas Boys Smith

Boys Smith, whose lobbying group was behind a report that suggested the public did not like award-winning buildings, will serve three years as a commissioner for Historic England. 

Culture secretary John Whittingdale has also appointed Neil Mendoza, chairman of the Stirling Prize-winning client the Landmark Trust, Wilkinson Eyre director Paul Baker, conservation expert Rosemarie MacQueen, and architectural historian Charles O’Brien. 

The commissioners act as the governing body of Historic England and have overall responsibility for the National Heritage Collection, which is managed by the English Heritage Trust. 

Laurie Magnus, chairman of Historic England, said: ‘Our new commissioners are all well placed to help us roll out our strategy as we start 2016 under our new brand name. This includes championing England’s remarkable historic environment as a unique national asset and advocating constructive conservation as a sustainable means of protecting historic structures.’ 

He added: ‘Their respective skills in planning, modern architecture, architectural history, business and historic building regeneration and revival will complement the expertise of our staff and existing commissioners at a very exciting time. They will all receive a very warm welcome.’

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