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 is our Chief Executive.

Kate Mavor

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

Chief Executive

Kate Mavor is the Chief Executive of English Heritage. She was formerly the Chief Executive of the National Trust for Scotland, where she arrived at a moment of financial crisis for the Trust. During her tenure there, she was 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.

Chairman

Sir Tim Laurence is now Chairman of English Heritage, 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 senior advisor to PA Consulting, a member of the First Great Western Advisory Board, a Trustee of RNLI and the naval representative on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Trustees

The collective role of the trustees is to provide strategic direction and constructive challenge to ensure English Heritage 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

CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Kate Mavor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HISTORIC PROPERTIES DIRECTOR
Tracey Wahdan
Operational Management of Properties
Delivery of Commercial Targets
Capital Investment Programme
Executive Board H&S Champion
ESTATES DIRECTOR
Linda Kilroy
Capital Projects
Conservation & Maintenance
Asset Management Planning
Corporate Health & Safety
CURATORIAL DIRECTOR
Anna Eavis
Research (Properties, Gardens, Collections)
Conservation Advice (Properties, Gardens, Landscapes)
Conservation of Artefacts
Interpretation (On Site & Digital)
Publishing & Education Resources
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Lily Harriss
(Interim)
Fundraising
Legacies
Sponsorship
Corporate Membership
Licensing
Volunteering
MARKETING DIRECTOR
Luke Whitcomb
Brand
Visitor Marketing
Membership Marketing
CRM
PR
Owned Digital Channels
Customer Insight
Internal Communications
COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
Shirley Jackson
Retail
Catering
Events
Holiday Cottages
Wedding & Event Hire
Filming
IT (Interim)
HEAD OF HR
Judy Roberts
Human Resources Development, Advice & Support
Employer Brand
Recruitment & Retention
Terms & Conditions
Training & Development
Leadership & Management
FINANCE DIRECTOR
Jon Bullen
Financial Planning, Monitoring & Performance
Contract Management
Financial Governance
Business Planning, Advice & Support

Financials

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Admissions Income 23.7 24.9 26.3 27.1 28.0 28.8 29.8 30.7
Membership Income 26.8 29.2 31.4 33.4 35.9 28.3 40.5 42.6
Other Trading Income Income 23.6 25.4 27.2 27.4 28.3 29.1 30.0 30.8
Use of £80m 20.5 16.5 12.5 9.0 6.5 3.5 2.5 9.0
Fundraising 3.2 5.5 5.7 8.4 11.4 7.4 8.7 8.9
Total Income 97.8 101.5 103.0 105.3 110.1 107.1 111.3 122.0

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