The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), the UK’s leading social investor in heritage-led regeneration, is very pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chair, Ros Kerslake CBE.
Ros is a former Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, RegenCo Sandwell and, most recently, the National Lottery Heritage Fund. As well as Director-level roles at Network Rail, Booker PLC, and Gulf Oil, Ros has also worked in a variety of regeneration-based property roles.
During her time at the National Lottery Heritage Fund, from 2016 to 2021, Ros led a UK-wide team of 300 staff and delivered a major organisational transformation. This included the development of a new strategic funding framework, a new grant making system, and the restructuring of the organisation’s governance, values and culture.
Ros Kerslake commented:
"I am delighted to be taking over as Chair of the AHF. I have known and admired the work of the organisation for many years and am very much looking forward to working with the team to take it forward."
This announcement follows the news that Liz Peace CBE will be stepping down from her role as the AHF Chair later this year, after three consecutive terms.
Welcoming the appointment, Liz Peace said:
“I became involved with the AHF nearly 10 years ago because I believed passionately in helping enthusiasts, charities and local communities find new and sustainable uses for historic buildings.
The organisation has done some great things to achieve this objective during this time and I am proud to have been able to play a small part in supporting them in their endeavours.
I am delighted they have found someone of Ros’s calibre to carry on the mission. She is every bit as passionate about it as I am and will, I know, lead the organisation to even greater success.”
Ros will begin her term as Chair at the end of September.