Who's Who in English Heritage

English Heritage employs a wide range of staff with many specialisms to provide advice to government, local authorities and the public, and to run over 400 historic properties.  In 2009/10 we had just over 2000 staff, the majority based in our 9 regional offices and at historic sites open to the public.

English Heritage's work is managed by these departments, each headed up by a Director who in turn reports to the Chief Executive. The Chief Executive is responsible to the Chairman who is appointed by the Secretary of State.


Sir-Laurie-Magnus-BWSir Laurie Magnus was appointed Chairman of English Heritage on 7 August 2013 and is based in London.
Contact details for Sir Laurie Magnus

Chief Executive

Simon ThurleySimon Thurley joined English Heritage in 2002 and has led the organisation through a major modernisation programme. He has overall responsibility for running English Heritage on a day to day basis with the help of four other members of the Executive Board. Simon is based in London.
Contact details for Simon Thurley 

National Collections

Mark PembertonThe National Collections Group, headed up by Mark Pemberton, is responsible for all the national heritage collections which are looked after by English Heritage, including over 400 historic properties and monuments and the National Monuments Record.
Contact details for National Collections

National Planning and Conservation

Chris SmithThis department, led by our Director of National Planning and Conservation, Chris Smith, promotes the effective use of the planning system at strategic and local levels, building capacity, engaging with communities and championing historic places. It is also responsible for delivering the Heritage at Risk (HAR) strategy.
Contact details for National Planning and Conservation


Roger Bowdler profile photoThis department, led by Roger Bowdler, Director of Designation, is responsible for assessing and determining the significance of heritage assets in England and makes recommendations to Government on whether assets should be added to The National Heritage List for England.
Contact details for Designation

Heritage Protection

Steven Trow ProfileThis department, led by Steve Trow, Director of Heritage Protection, is responsible for the strategic planning and management of the National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP) and gathering of evidence on the historic environment, through survey and applied research.
Contact details for Heritage Protection

National Advice and Public Engagement

Deborah Lamb profileThis department headed up by Deborah Lamb, Director of National Advice and Public Engagement, is responsible for advising government and other bodies on the value of our historic environment and includes national advice, communications and marketing, legal services and corporate governance.
Contact details for National Advice and Public Engagement

Finance, Procurement and Information Management and Technology

Meryl Hayward photoThis department is led by Meryl Hayward, Director of Finance, Procurement and Information Management and Technology. The Human Resources department is headed up by Sarah Aston, HR Director.
Contact details for Finance, Procurement and Information Management and Technology

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