Our People

The skill, knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm of our staff and volunteers make English Heritage a special place to work. The range of roles and expertise is immense and draws people from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds. As a registered charity, we are governed by a board of trustees who delegate day-to-day responsibility for the running of the organisation to an executive team. Sir Tim Laurence is Chairman of the board of trustees and Kate Mavor joins us as Chief Executive on 5th May 2015.

Kate Mavor

Kate Mavor joins English Heritage in May 2015 as Chief Executive of the newly created charity.

Chief Executive

Kate Mavor will become the Chief Executive of English Heritage on 5th May 2015. She is currently the Chief Executive of the National Trust for Scotland, where she arrived at a moment of financial crisis for the Trust. During her tenure, she has been instrumental in transforming the charity's fortunes, introducing a five-year-plan to restore its financial stability and giving it a new sense of purpose.

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 momentous historic events took place. Individually and collectively these precious places tell a remarkable story.

Kate was previously Chief Executive of the UK interpreting service, Language Line, where she led a management buyout, and Chief Executive of the youth volunteering charity, Project Scotland. Her early career was spent in the book publishing and educational tourism industries in London. She was educated at Oxford University.

Vice Admiral, Sir Tim Laurence, Chairman of English Heritage

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence is Chairman of the English Heritage Trust.


Sir Tim Laurence is now Chairman of the English Heritage Trust, having previously served for four years as a Commissioner. A career naval officer, his time in uniform ended after serving for three years as Chief Executive in charge of the Defence Estate, with responsibility for some 700 listed buildings, 1200 scheduled monuments and 170 Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

This is a historic moment for us. With our new freedom as a charity, independent of government, our ability to engage with millions of people is now greatly strengthened.  And our ambition is matched only by our determination to succeed.

Since then he has pursued his enthusiasm for regeneration as Chairman of two regeneration companies; for major projects, as Chairman of the Major Projects Association; and for heritage through his involvement with English Heritage and the HMS Victory Preservation Company. He is also a Trustee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


The collective role of the trustees is to provide strategic direction and constructive challenge to ensure the English Heritage Trust delivers its goals and objectives and is managed effectively.

  • Alex Balfour
  • Vicky Barnsley, OBE
  • Sukie Hemming
  • Professor Ronald Hutton
  • Kate James-Weed
  • Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence KCVO, CB, ADC
  • Sir Laurie Magnus
  • Ian McCaig
  • Malcolm Reading
  • Sarah Staniforth, CBE
  • James Twining
  • Charles Gurassa

Executive Team

An organisation chart showing names and responsibilities of the Executive Board for English Heritage

Work for English Heritage

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