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Director's Notes - August 2012

Monthly update from EWH Director Adam Wilkinson.

Aug 24, 2012

Following the seasons from the windows of our old office on Charlotte Square was a relatively straightforward business, with the mature trees of the gardens and open skyscape giving a clear indication as to where we were in the year. It is somewhat harder to judge this from our lovely offices in Acheson House, but there are certain clues, most recently courtesy of the Traditional Skills Festival going on downstairs. Set up by the Traditional Skills Forum, in which EWH plays an active part, we have been thrilled to host the first iteration of the festival. To our delight, sessions have been well attended and the feedback, to date, has been overwhelmingly positive, following a launch by city centre councillor and finance convenor, Alasdair Rankin. He heartily encouraged all present to respond to the city’s consultation on the future of enforced works, a call that we echo.

A fortunately non-seasonal event is the appointment of a new Chair to EWH’s board of Trustees. Following an open process and the splendid compliment of strong interest in the role, we are delighted to announce the appointment of William Roe CBE as chair. Willy’s experience is at the highest level, having previously chaired Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and is currently on the departmental board of the Department for Work and Pensions. We are all very much looking forward to working with him in this phase of EWH’s life.

Restoration is a surprisingly difficult subject, principally for reasons relating to authenticity and integrity, words which tend to excite scholars of World Heritage and confuse the general public in equal amounts. However, colleagues at the City of Edinburgh’s lighting department have recreated the historic lighting standard (the upright bit) and lamp with near perfect accuracy for the area where the statue to the diminutive pup, Bobby, now stands, close to Greyfriars Kirkyard. We have had the pleasure of supporting them in this endeavour. Small, but important stuff.

For those that have the time and interest, we are putting as many project update photos as we can on our Facebook page: it is a quick, easy and effective way of keeping you all up to date with the projects we support (and the ones we initiate) once they are on site and moving – far better than my dry words.

It is with regret and sadness that we report the death of EWH board member Alan Donaldson. Formerly managing partner at chartered accountants Scott Moncrieff, Alan was ostensibly a quiet man. That calm exterior did little to tell you of his steely nerves (somewhat handy as chair of our Finance and General Purposes Committee in this period of transformation of our finances), but plenty of his methodical patience in working to understand and help reduce the risks we face as an organisation. In spite of a terminal diagnosis, Alan remained positive – and working – through to the end. I will miss his unswerving ability to wrongfoot me by seeing sense in my dafter ideas. He leaves his wife, Christine, and their two sons, who remain in our thoughts. Alan Ramsay Donaldson, 24 August 1956 – 26 July 2012

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