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EWH announces new Chair

Edinburgh World Heritage has announced the appointment of a new Chair, Willy Roe CBE.

Aug 24, 2012

Willy said: “I know the World Heritage Site well, having lived and worked within it for the past 40 years. EWH undertakes important work in promoting, conserving and enhancing the Old and New Towns, for the benefit of Edinburgh and Scotland.

The World Heritage Site is vital to the country’s economy, attracting tourism, offering a high quality of life for residents and encouraging inward investment. EWH ensures that the city maximises these benefits, offering its expertise and taking a lead in championing Edinburgh’s unique historic environment.”

Willy Roe has a wealth of experience to bring to the organisation, having previously been Chair of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Audit Committee.

He added: “As Chair my role will be to help provide strategic leadership, to be the leading ambassador and communicator for EWH and to ensure the skills of the board of trustees are used effectively. Becoming the Chair of EWH is an exciting prospect and I hope to add further distinctive value to an organisation that already has a track record of success.”

Thomas Knowles, Historic Scotland Deputy Head of Investment, said: “Throughout it’s history Edinburgh World Heritage has helped to promote and preserve our internationally renowned capital city. We wish the new Chair every success and look forward to continuing to work with the Edinburgh World Heritage team to celebrate our stunning architecture and built landscape.”

Councillor Ian Perry, the Council's Planning convener, said: "Edinburgh's buildings, as well as the wider man-made environment, are rightly admired both close to home and around the world. Edinburgh World Heritage plays a vital role in protecting and maintaining that heritage for the appreciation of people today and the benefit of future generations. I and others at the Council look forward immensely to working with Willy as we continue a partnership that has already achieved so much for the city."

Between 2004-12 Willy Roe was the Chair of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency. Willy was Chair of the Board of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service of the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP), and is now a member of the Board of the Department of DWP.  Between 2010–11 he undertook a review of Vocational Education and Training on behalf of the Scottish Government. Willy Roe was awarded a CBE in 2010 in recognition of his public service.

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