AHF Chief Exec Ian Morrison to take up new role as Historic England Head of Planning

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The AHF is sorry to have to announce that our Chief Executive, Ian Morrison, will be leaving the organisation in July this year, to become Historic England’s next Director of Planning. He will take over from Chris Smith who retires from that post in July. Ian will lead England's lead heritage body’s Planning staff across nine regional offices at a critical time for the historic environment.

Ian said: “I am thrilled by the prospect of returning to an organisation that I left 10 years ago to help lead its work on the protection and enjoyment of England’s historic environment. Yet, I am also very sad to be leaving the AHF, a charity that performs a vital role of helping communities repair and find new uses for historic buildings that they care about. The AHF has come a long way over the last few years, thanks to its exceptionally dedicated and talented staff and Trustees.”

As Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund, Ian has led a major programme of change and transformed our business into the heritage sector leader on social enterprise and investment. Ian previously worked at Historic England (then known as English Heritage) as an Archaeology Advisor for London and an Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Team Leader for the South West, before moving to the Heritage Lottery Fund and then to the Architectural Heritage Fund.

Recruitment for Ian’s replacement at the AHF will be underway shortly, and in the meantime it is very much business as usual for the organisation.

For any queries, please email ahf@ahfund.org.uk or phone 020 7925 0199