Probation chief is new English Heritage chair

Gerard Lemos, chair of the prison and probation service, is to be the new chairman of English Heritage, to succeed Sir Tim Laurence in January.

“Since English Heritage became a charity in 2015, we have opened up more and more of our sites to the public and shared more of their stories than ever before” said Laurence, the Queen’s son-in-law. “Most importantly, we are investing more money in conserving the sites in our care than before we became a charity. “

A social policy expert Gerard Lemos has written extensively on the role communities can play in society, and also chairs the Hofesh Shechter Dance Company and the Warburg Renaissance Steering Group, as well as serving as a trustee of the Donmar. Born in India, Lemos grew up in Croydon and studied history and English at the University of York.

“The charity cares for a unique collection of stone circles and castles, abbeys and historic houses, right across the villages and towns, the countryside and cities of England” he said. “Taken together, this collection is a national museum of England, with a site in - or near to -almost every community. It is a collection that should be cherished and it is a collection that tells the story of this country. As the future chair of English Heritage, I want to help everyone feel part of England’s story.” 


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