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EWH Chair Willy Roe to retire

Willy Roe CBE has announced he will step down as Chair of EWH from September this year.

May 28, 2015

Willy joined the board of EWH in September 2012, and brought a wealth of experience to the charity, having previously been the chair of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Audit Committee.

As Chair, Willy has guided EWH through a period of change and his leadership has been invaluable, developing new relationships around the city and acting as a passionate advocate for the work of the charity. His support has seen EWH embark on many new areas of work, such as the major shopfront renovation project in West Maitland Street, developing international relations through involvement in initiatives such as URBELAC, and the plan to transform the Tron Kirk as a new heritage hub to help to engage more people with the city’s extraordinary historic architecture.

Funding for the next three years has also been recently secured from EWH’s partners at Historic Scotland, to continue the conservation and regeneration of the World Heritage Site. Willy will remain involved in EWH as an active supporter of its work.

Willy Roe said: “I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to serve as Chair of Edinburgh World Heritage for the past 3 years - an organisation whose impact on the Old Town and the New Town has been extraordinary over four decades. I will remain a strong advocate and supporter of EWH’s ambitions for the future and wish the Board, the team, our partners and friends continuing success.”

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage said: “I would like to thank Willy for his invaluable contribution to EWH over the last three years, helping us understand how EWH will fit into a changing world for the benefit of the people of Edinburgh, and shaping up our plans and ambitions. He’s been great to work with and we are really sorry that the practicalities of life mean he is unable to continue as chair. However, we look forward to him continuing to play a role as part of EWH’s family.”

Anyone wishing to have an early discussion about the role should contact Caroline Sibbald, Company Secretary, on 0131 220 7728 or carolinesibbald@ewht.org.uk.

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