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 four groups, each headed up by a member of the Executive Board 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

Heritage Protection and Planning

Chris SmithThis group, headed up by Chris Smith, is responsible for heritage protection and advises on making and managing changes to historic places as well as publishing the annual Heritage at Risk Register.
Contact details for Heritage Protection and Planning 

National Advice and Information

Deborah LambThis group, headed up by Deborah Lamb, is responsible for advising government and other bodies on the value of our historic environment and includes national advice, communications, legal services and corporate governance.
Contact details for National Advice and Information


Keith HarrisonThe Resources Group, headed up by Keith Harrison, is responsible for providing a range of services to the organisation including: finance and procurement, human resources and information management and technology.
Contact details for Resources


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