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Monday21 August 2017

Historic England names new planning director

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Government heritage adviser appoints Architectural Heritage Fund’s Ian Morrison

Government heritage adviser Historic England has appointed Ian Morrison as its new planning director.

Morrison, who is currently chief executive of charity the Architectural Heritage Fund, will replace outgoing HE planning director Chris Smith in July.

The move marks an effective return to the organisation for Morrison, who worked at HE’s predecessor body English Heritage for 15 years until 2008. He was a heritage adviser in London before specialising in the regeneration of former industrial sites in the south-west.

In his new role, Morrison will lead HE’s planning staff across nine regional offices.

HE chief executive Duncan Wilson said pressure for the nation to deliver significantly more housing and a range of infrastructure projects at the same time as protecting its built heritage meant that Morrison was rejoining the organisation at a crucial time.

“Ian brings with him a wealth of skill and knowledge and understands the important relationship between communities and their historic places,” he said.

After leaving English Heritage in 2008, Morrison worked at the Heritage Lottery fund, where he was policy lead for protecting the built environment.

He became chief executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund in 2015.

 

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