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Culture Secretary reappoints two Commissioners of Historic England

John Whittingdale has appointed Baroness Young and Martin Moore to second terms on the Commission of Historic England, for 4 years.


Historic England is the government’s independent expert advisory service for England’s historic environment. It gives constructive advice to local authorities, owners and the public. It champions historic places and helps people to understand and care for them, now and in the future, and it is governed by Commissioners appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Baroness Young is an Independent Cross Bench peer, and chair of The Young Review: Improving Outcomes for Young Black and Muslim Offenders, now in its second phase. After an acting career in theatre and television, Lola Young became an arts administrator, later becoming professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, a writer, cultural critic, public speaker and broadcaster. After a period as project director leading a major initiative at the Black Cultural Archives, Lola subsequently became Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority. Lola has sat on the Boards of several national cultural organisations including the South Bank Centre, the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, and The National Archives. She is still active in arts, design, fashion and international development issues and is currently a trustee of Somerset House.

Martin Moore is a Chartered Surveyor with 40 years of experience in the real estate and property sector. He has been a board member of M&G Ltd, Chief Executive and then Chairman of M&G Real Estate from 1996 until 2013. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the M&G Asia Property Fund.  In 2011, Martin was appointed as a Non-Executive Director at F&C Commercial Property Trust and, in 2014, as a Non-Executive Director at Secure Income REIT plc and at SEGRO plc. He is also a Senior Adviser on UK and Europe real estate investments at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co LP.  Previously, Martin has been an Adviser and Commissioner of The Crown Estate, a board member and past President of the British Property Federation, and a board member and Chairman of the Investment Property Forum.

Appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice published by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code there is a requirement for recordable political activity undertaken in the UK during the last 5 years to be made public. Baroness Young is a crossbench peer and has declared no political activity. Martin Moore has similarly declared no political activity.

Published 2 July 2015