The battlefield of Homildon Hill, Northumberland
The battlefield of Homildon Hill, Northumberland
The battlefield of Homildon Hill, Northumberland

The Secretary of State Reappoints Chairman of Historic England

Sir Laurie Magnus has been reappointed as Chairman of Historic England from 1 September 2017 until 31 August 2021.

Sir Laurie was originally appointed on 1 September 2013, having previously been Deputy Chairman of The National Trust since 2005. During his first term as Chairman, his responsibilities have included leading the establishment of Historic England under its current name and overseeing the transfer of responsibility for the management of its National Heritage Collection to a new charity, The English Heritage Trust.

Sir Laurie Magnus said:
"I am delighted to have been appointed for a second term as Chairman of Historic England. The "New Model" which established Historic England and The English Heritage Trust with their separate responsibilities in 2015 is an exemplar of public service reform. I am hugely grateful for being given the opportunity to continue working to achieve a successful outcome and supporting Historic England's outstanding staff and expert volunteers to champion the dynamic and wide ranging contribution of England's heritage to the nation's economic and social welfare. "

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:
"I am very pleased to have the opportunity of working with Laurie for a further four year term as Historic England establishes itself as the champion and protector of England's precious historic buildings and places.  I can think of no one better equipped to take forward this challenge."

Sir Laurie has nearly 40 years of experience in the corporate finance advisory business, latterly specialising in the financial institutions sector. He is a Senior Adviser (Europe) at Evercore Partners, having started his career at Samuel Montagu (HSBC Investment Bank) and then worked successively for Phoenix Partners, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Credit Suisse First Boston and Lexicon Partners, where he was Chairman before its acquisition by Evercore in 2011.
He is Chairman of JP Morgan Income & Capital Trust plc and Pantheon International plc. He is a non-executive director of Aggregated Micro Power Holdings plc and Fidelity Japanese Values plc.
In the not for profit sector, he is a trustee of The English Heritage Trust and The All Churches Trust and Chairman of The Windsor Leadership Trust. He is a former trustee of Landmark Trust and Barbican Centre Trust and a former Chairman of B-eat, the eating disorders charity.