Three new trustees join the AHF Board

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Three new trustees were recently welcomed onto the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Board, bringing a range of new skills and experience to the work of the AHF.

Eleanor McAllister is both an economist and a town planner and has worked for over 25 years in the west of Scotland using both these disciplines in developing and implementing regeneration projects. She was Director of the Glasgow Building’s Preservation Trust in the 80’s and continued to work on capital delivery projects in local government for the next 15 years, including three years as Deputy Director of the Glasgow 1999 Festival Company. Eleanor was also the Managing Director of Clydebank Re-built, one of six Scottish urban regeneration companies. 

Ade Alao is Head of Investment and Development at Tameside Council and joined the Board in April 2018.  He brings considerable expertise from having held senior roles in local government for over 20 years in regeneration, investment, development, housing, economic growth, and capital project delivery. His previous Non-Executive Director appointments include serving as Chair of Northwards Housing and Vice Chair of Salix Homes - both major housing associations in Greater Manchester.  Ade was project lead for the redevelopment of Ashton Old Baths, the first completed Heritage Enterprise project in England, now a successful innovation centre for emerging businesses in the digital, media and creative sectors.

Karen Latimer had an early career as a library building consultant before working in university libraries specialising in architecture and planning and then moving into library management. In parallel with her professional career she has over 35 years’ experience in the architectural heritage sector in Northern Ireland and is currently on the Board of Hearth Historic Buildings Trust (previously Hearth Housing Association and Revolving Fund which she chaired 2000-2015) and is Publications Editor for the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society. She also served on the Historic Buildings Council for Northern Ireland, The Irish Landmark Trust and the Royal Society of Ulster Architects Practice Services Scheme.