Edinburgh World Heritage - Board





Edinburgh World Heritage currently has eleven trustees.  Nine are elected and two are appointed by the City of Edinburgh Council.

All trustees bring specific skills and experience to the board and have a keen interest in the architectural heritage and streetscape of Edinburgh.  The trustees provide strategic guidance to support the future development of the organisation.  

Dr Brian Lang CBE, FRSE (Chairman)

Brian Lang was born in Edinburgh and educated at the Royal High School and the University of Edinburgh.  He conducted social anthropological research in Kenya before lecturing for some years at Aarhus University, Denmark.  Dr Lang has held numerous posts in heritage, the arts and conservation, including spells as head of the Historic Buildings Branch of the Scottish Office, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, Secretary then Deputy Chairman of the UK’s National Heritage Memorial Fund, Director of Public Affairs at the National Trust, Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman of the British Library.  He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Institute, Los Angeles, Chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and is presently a Trustee of the National Museums of Scotland.   Following his retirement as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, he has been involved in numerous advisory projects in the Middle East, France and the USA, mainly on leadership and strategic academic issues.

Joanna Mowat

Joanna is the Conservative Councillor for the City Centre Ward of Edinburgh Council.  She was first elected in 2007 and has served on the Planning Committee since election.  Other Committees she has served on are Transport, Police and Fire and Lothian and Borders Police Board, Economy, Corporate Strategy and Governance Risk and Best Value.  Prior to election to the Council  Joanna worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to Jamie McGrigor MSP.  She is a director of Marketing Edinburgh and Transport for Edinburgh.

Jeremy Chittleburgh

Jeremy qualified as a Chartered Accountant with an old established firm of Edinburgh Accountants and subsequently became a partner there in 1996.  He is mainly involved with audit (external and internal) accountancy and corporate finance client assignments and has a range of private and publicly listed clients located throughout the UK.

Professor James Garden CBE, FRSE (Vice-Chairman)

James Garden is Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Edinburgh and Surgeon to Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland.  He has held leadership roles in clinical and academic surgery at a local, national and international level and established innovative distance learning masters programmes in the surgical sciences which have been nationally recognised.  He has a passion for Edinburgh culture and history.  He hopes to ensure that EWH benefits by his putting to good use his academic strengths and experience of working with charities in the medical sector.

Mark Hopton

Mark is a Conservation Accredited architect and partner in a firm of architects which specialises in heritage projects.  He has completed a number of major conservation and regeneration projects around the UK, including the recent redevelopment of the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.  He was a Commissioner of RCAHMS and is a former member of the Historic Buildings Council and Historic Environment Advisory Council.  Mark believes that conservation is the management of change and that each generation should be making its own history as well as respecting that of the past.   

Jim MacDonald

Currently Chief Executive of Architecture & Design Scotland, Jim is a graduate of Edinburgh University and University College London.  A chartered Town Planner and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he has over 20 years’ experience dealing with planning, urban design and heritage issues across the UK. He took up his current post in 2010.

Colin Morrison

Colin is a lawyer and partner in a firm of solicitors in Edinburgh, where he specialises in the field of commercial property.  He also heads the firm’s retail and leisure property groups.  His work has involved him in many of Edinburgh’s city centre developments and retail interests.  Colin brings both his legal and commercial experience. 

Councillor Keith Robson

Elected to the City of Edinburgh Council in June 2013, Keith is a member of the Council’s: Education, Children & Families and Governance, Risk and Best Value Committees. He is also the City’s Play Champion. A Community Education graduate with twenty years’ experience in education, health and housing, Keith is a senior manager with a leading national charity. Keith brings significant governance experience having previously served as a school governor, on numerous voluntary committees and as a member of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

Chris Watkins

Chris is an architect and graduate of Edinburgh School of Art.  He has worked throughout Scotland and has had a long involvement with Edinburgh’s Old Town, both during his employment with Edinburgh’s City Architect’s Department and as Historic Scotland’s Head of Major Projects. Chris has been responsible for projects at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh and Stirling Castles and a number of Old Town housing schemes.He has extensive experience in initiating and raising funds for the sustainable use of historic properties.

David Williamson

David is Public Affairs & Communications Director for a major industry association, specialising in public affairs, strategic communications and international relations.  A graduate of Edinburgh University and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in the USA, David started his career at the European Parliament in Brussels.  He serves as Treasurer of a leading EU trade body and is President of the Royal High School of Edinburgh club.  David's work representing industry has been recognised through his election as a Keeper of the Quaich and Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers.

Dorothy Wright

Dorothy is Director of Workforce with NHS Education for Scotland.  With considerable and wide-ranging experience as a senior HR director in both the public and private sectors, she fills the role of human resources trustee.

April 2017


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