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Executive Team Biographies

Below are the biographies of the members of the Executive Team.

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Duncan Wilson OBE

Chief Executive

Roles and responsibilities
Duncan became Chief Executive of the newly formed Historic England in May 2015.

Previous experience
Duncan joined Historic England from the Alexandra Park and Palace Trust where he was Chief Executive from 2011 to 2015. From 2002 Duncan was Chief Executive of the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College, and before that Director of the Somerset House Trust.

Duncan’s first job as a chartered accountant in 1987 was as Senior Management Accountant at English Heritage. Before accountancy he worked as a professional archaeologist in Oxford and Herefordshire, following post graduate research in European Archaeology.

External roles
Duncan is a trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust (from 2008) and was a trustee of the Royal Armouries (2007-2011) and a community governor of Corelli College in Greenwich (2004-2007).

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Dr Roger Bowdler

Director of Listing

Roles and Responsibilities
Roger leads the Listing Group at Historic England. This advises the government on all heritage designations, such as listed buildings, scheduled archaeological sites and protected wrecks. His colleagues also look after the national heritage data holdings, including the National Heritage List for England.

Previous Experience
Roger joined Historic England (formerly English Heritage) in 1989, and has worked as an historian and a listing inspector. An art historian by training, he took up his present position in 2011.

External Roles
Roger sits on several heritage-related bodies, including Salisbury Cathedral’s Fabric Advisory Committee, and the Mausolea and Monuments Trust.

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Meryl Hayward

Director of Finance, HR and IMT

Roles and responsibilities
Meryl has overall responsibility for Finance, Procurement and Information Management and Technology within Historic England. The departments provide shared services to the English Heritage Trust.

Previous experience
Meryl is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and holds an MBA.

Meryl joined Historic England (formerly English Heritage) in 2009 as Finance and Procurement Director.

Meryl has experience of working in both the private and public sector. Previously she has held senior finance roles in the NHS and in Non Departmental Public Bodies. Her last role before joining English Heritage was as Chief Accountant for the Natural Environment Research Council.

External roles
Meryl also sits on the Economic and Social Research Council’s Audit Committee as well as the Natural Environment Research Council Audit and Risk Assurance Committee sub group on Governance.

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Deborah Lamb OBE

Director of Engagement

Roles and responsibilities
Deborah’s role is to make the case for England’s heritage and Historic England to government, other organisations and the public. She has overall responsibility for Government Advice, Communications, Publishing and the Historic England Archive. Through the Governance and Legal team she ensures that Historic England’s decisions are well-informed and clearly explained.

Previous experience
Deborah joined Historic England (formerly English Heritage) in 2002 as Director of Policy and Communications. Prior to that, Deborah worked in the Civil Service developing policies on equalities and sustainable development. Her last role before joining English Heritage was as Deputy Director of the Women and Equalities Unit.

External roles
Deborah is a member of the British Academy’s Public Policy Committee.

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Ian Morrison

Director of Planning

Roles and responsibilities
Ian was appointed Director of Planning at Historic England in July 2017 to help shape our future direction and to provide strategic leadership for Historic England’s planning, ensuring that we achieve measurable and growing success in our role as the Government’s advisor on the historic environment. 

Previous experience
Ian was previously Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) where he successfully expanded the charity’s advice, grants and loan services to help meet the growing demand of enterprising communities that wish to repair and re-use historic buildings they value. Prior to joining the AHF, Ian was Head of Historic Environment at the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), where he held the lead UK policy role for the historic environment since 2008 and introduced HLF’s Heritage Enterprise and Grants for Places of Worship grant programmes. His early career was spent with Historic England (formerly English Heritage), where he amassed 15 years’ experience working in a variety of roles in London and the South West region. Trained as an archaeologist, Ian has helped run numerous archaeological excavations in the UK and the Middle East.

External roles
He is a former serving member of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, the Prince’s Regeneration Trust Advisory Panel and Historic England’s Expert Advisory Group.

Celia Richardson

Celia Richardson

Director of Communications

Roles and responsibilities
Celia oversees the communications work of Historic England - covering media, marketing, websites, campaigns and exhibitions. Her main role is to help people outside the organisation get involved and enjoy England’s spectacular historic environment.

Previous experience
Celia joined Historic England (formerly English Heritage) in 2015. 
Prior to that, Celia has held senior communications positions in charities and Non Departmental Public Bodies. Her last role before joining Historic England was Director of the Social Economy Alliance, a group of more than 200 NGOs, Universities and sustainable businesses working together to inform cross-party policy development for the 2015 General Election.

External roles
She is a Trustee of Locality.

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Steve Trow

Director of Research

Roles and responsibilities
Steve leads the Research Group within Historic England, which is responsible for improving care, understanding and public enjoyment of the historic environment through applied research and development, expert advice and training.

Previous experience
Steve is an archaeologist with research interests in the Roman period. He joined English Heritage in 1987 and has worked as an Ancient Monuments Inspector; been responsible for the archaeological site listing programme in the south of England; and led the development of rural and environmental aspects of heritage policy. Before that, Steve worked at The British Museum and the Museum of London.

External roles
Steve is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

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