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EWH Announces New Chairman - Dr Brian Lang FRSE

Dr Brian Lang FRSE takes over as chairman of the EWH Board of Trustees from Willy Roe CBE, who will step down at the end of September.

Sep 29, 2015

From 2001-8 Dr Lang was the Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of St Andrews. Brian has held a series of senior posts in the heritage sector, including Head of the Historic Buildings Branch in the Scottish Office, Secretary of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, and Director of Public Affairs at the National Trust, as well as the appointment of Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the British Library. From 2005 until 2011 he was Chair of the Scottish Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Deputy Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Dr Lang said: “Edinburgh’s reputation as one of the world’s great cities rests in large part on the architecture and atmosphere of our Old and New Towns. That reputation should be celebrated and must be protected because it enhances Edinburgh’s reputation as a wonderful place to live, work and visit and hence contributes to sustaining and strengthening the city’s economic health.”

“I am delighted to be helping to do this through Edinburgh World Heritage. This organisation plays a vital role during a period in which Edinburgh’s continuing reputation as a world class city cannot be assured. We will be unstinting in our efforts to conserve, enhance and promote what is best about Edinburgh’s centuries-old architectural heritage.”

Willy Roe, former chair of Edinburgh World Heritage said: “Brian has been committed to the conservation and regeneration of Edinburgh throughout his life. He will bring outstanding leadership to Edinburgh World Heritage, to help the City use its past success and future influence to become one of the most sustainable cities in the world.”

Historic Scotland Head of Investment Martin Fairley said: “I would like to welcome Dr Lang to his new role as chairman of the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust. I’m sure that his wealth of experience working for the likes of the National Trust, British Library, and Heritage Lottery Fund will be an invaluable asset to the Trust. Our two organisations have always enjoyed a very productive working relationship, and I’m sure that will only continue to flourish under Dr Lang’s tutelage.”

Councillor Ian Perry, Convener of the Planning Committee, said: “I am delighted to welcome Dr Lang to his new role, and wish his predecessor, Willy Roe, all the best for the future. The Council works extremely closely with Edinburgh World Heritage on ensuring that we find the balance between conserving Edinburgh’s many iconic buildings while developing a modern city at the same time.”

Dr Lang is joined on the EWH Board by two new trustees, James Garden, who will take up the position of Vice-Chairman, and Chris Watkins.

James Garden CBE FRSE is Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Edinburgh, and has been an academic surgeon for the last 25 years. James established a specialist surgical unit and the National Liver Transplant Programme, as well as serving as Head of the School in the College of Medicine. He has played a leading role in several heritage projects, the recent development of the Royal College of Surgeons, the Monro project that will see the re-location of the Anatomy Museum, and the initiative to place a statue of William Playfair in Chambers Street.

Chris Watkins is currently Director of Development with the Edinburgh Business School, overseeing the project to transform the category A listed Panmure House into a new education centre. Chris has worked as an architect since 1974, both in private practice and for 24 years at Historic Scotland, latterly as Head of Major Projects. This included being project sponsor and director for the Stirling Palace project, the £18m conservation and adaptation of Stanley Mills and the development of the Queen Anne Building at Edinburgh Castle.

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