Secretary of State Reappoints Historic England Commissioner

The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP, Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has re-appointed Nicholas Boys Smith as Commissioner for Historic England for 3 years, starting on 1 January 2019.

Nicholas Boys Smith has contributed to many areas of our work during his first term, most notably through his experience of business development and of urban regeneration and design. I am delighted that he has been appointed for a further 3 years and that the Commission will continue to benefit from his enthusiastic and original contribution.

Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England
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Nicholas Boys Smith

Nicholas is the founding director of Create Streets, a social enterprise that encourages the creation of popular urban environments and strives for constructive public influence on the planning and development process.

Nicholas is currently leading planning, development and urban design-related projects for public sector, private sector and community group clients. He is the author of many studies into the links between good design and wellbeing, public support and value as well as into the policy and practice of planning. He has been described by the Architects’ Journal as a ‘leading figure’ on issues to do with the built environment.

Nicholas was originally appointed as a Historic England Commissioner in 2016 and has been a member of the Business and Finance Committee and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee since appointment.

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