Press release

Chair and Trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund

Dame Jenny Abramsky reappointed as Chair of The National Heritage Memorial Fund for a further 3 years.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Prime Minister has reappointed Dame Jenny Abramsky as Chair of The National Heritage Memorial Fund, for the three years commencing 1 September 2011. He has also reappointed Kim Evans OBE and Hilary Lade as Trustees, for the three years commencing 22 July 2011 and 1 October 2011 respectively.

Biographical details

Dame Jenny Abramsky

Dame Jenny was previously Director of BBC Audio & Music, with responsibility for all BBC national radio networks, for the BBC’s digital radio services, and for music across television, radio, online and live events. She was also a member of the BBC Executive Board, responsible for the delivery of BBC services and day-to-day operations across the organisation.

She has spent most of her working life at the BBC, where she was the editor of the Today programme on Radio 4; launched BBC Radio Five Live, BBC News Online and BBC News 24 as well as 5 digital radio stations; and commissioned the Electric Proms (an annual festival of popular contemporary music, designed to complement the BBC Proms season of classical music).

She is Chair of the University of London’s Board of Trustees, Chair of the Hampstead Theatre, a Trustee of the Central School of Ballet and of the Shakespeare Schools Festival and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music.  Previously she served as Governor of the British Film Institute and on the Economic Social and Research Council.  She holds no other public appointments.

Kim Evans OBE

Kim Evans is an arts consultant with a wide range of clients. She was an award-winning documentary film maker before becoming Head of Music and Arts at the BBC and then Executive Director, Arts at Arts Council England. Currently, she is a Board member of London Artists Projects, Akademi Dance, and the Chelsea & Westminster Health Charity. She was appointed an independent member of the Parole Board of England and Wales by the Home Secretary in 2006, for which she is remunerated according to the number of cases examined.  She was appointed a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery in 2010, which is unremunerated.  In 2007, she received an OBE for Services to the Arts.

Hilary Lade

Hilary Lade has served as Vice-Chairman and Director of Oxford Inspires from 1998 until 2008. Prior to this, she worked as Managing Director - Shell Gas Limited for Shell UK, before joining the National Trust as Property Manager for Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

In 1993, she joined English Heritage as Director of Historic Properties, with responsibility for all of its 410 historic properties and then returned to Shell UK as Head of Global Gas Business. Between 1999 and 2002, she chaired the Royal Parks Advisory Board followed by the position of Director of the British Tourist Authority.  She holds no other public appointments.

Published 22 July 2011