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Prime Minister reappoints National Heritage Memorial Fund/Heritage Lottery Fund (NHMF/HLF) Trustees

Atul Patel, Richard Morris OBE, Dame Seona Reid, Dr Tom Tew, Sandie Dawe CBE and Steve Miller have been reappointed by the Prime Minister as Trustees of NHMF/HLF

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Atul Patel’s career spanned 30 years of working in housing, regeneration, and the public sector. Latterly, he was an Independent Member of the Ealing Council Housing Forum. From 1995-1998 he was Director of Regulation at The Housing Corporation. He became Deputy Director at the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Unit from 1998-2001, and was also a Member of the Independent Selection Panel for Leicestershire Police Authority from 1998-2002. He was appointed the Chairman of the Race Equality Advisory Group at the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2001-2005, overlapping with his role as a Board and Planning Committee Member at the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (2004-2009). He then held Chief Executive roles at ASRA Greater London Housing Association and LHA-ASRA Group, until retiring in 2010. Atul has been reappointed for a further year, with his third term starting on 16 May 2017 and ending on 15 May 2018. The role attracts £6,560 per annum.

Richard Morris OBE is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Huddersfield. He works as a freelance writer, with a particular emphasis on landscape and aviation history. He was Director of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) from 1991 to 1999, having earlier worked as a university teacher and Research Officer for the CBA. His interest in churches, settlement, historical topography, cultural history and aviation are reflected in essays, articles and books. His book Time’s Anvil: England, archaeology and the imagination was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2013 and shortlisted for the 2015 Archaeological Book of the Year. He is also a trustee chairman of The Blackden Trust, a trustee of the York Archaeological Trust, and is chair of the Landscape Research Centre. Richard has been reappointed for a further year, with his third term starting on 16 May 2017 and ending on 15 May 2018. The role attracts £6,560 per annum.

Dame Seona Reid retired as Director of the Glasgow School of Art in August 2013, having served since September 1999. Her time at the Glasgow School of Art was marked by a notable enhancement of the School’s research profile, a focus on internationalisation, major postgraduate growth, the conservation of the famous Mackintosh building and development of the estate. Seona is currently Chair of the National Theatre of Scotland, Chair of Cove Park, an artist residency centre in Argyll, a trustee of the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit, a trustee of the Tate, and Scottish Commissioner to the UK-US Fulbright Commission. Other Non-executive roles in recent years have included serving as a member of Universities Scotland Executive Committee, a member of the UK Government Advisory Panel for selection of the 2017 UK City of Culture, and a commissioner on the Scottish Broadcasting Commission. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Arts. Dame Seona has been reappointed for a further two years, with her third term starting on 1 April 2017 and ending on 31 March 2019. The role of NHMF/HLF Deputy Chair and Trustee for Scotland attracts £20,749 per annum.

Dr Tom Tew is a nature conservationist, currently Chief Executive of the Environment Bank, a private sector company that works with planning authorities, landowners and developers to help the planning system deliver net gains for wildlife. After zoology degrees from UEA and Oxford, Tom spent over 20 years in the public sector, leading teams and programmes at local, regional, national and international scales. He led the UK Scientific Authority on International trade in endangered animals; was a Regional and then National Director at English Nature, with responsibility for England’s Sites of Special Scientific Interest; and lastly was Executive Director and Chief Scientist at Natural England. Tom is a founding partner of an environmental consultancy and has for 10 years been the non-executive chairman of a nature conservation NGO (the Vincent Wildlife Trust). Tom is a fellow of both the Royal Society for Arts and the Society of Biology. Tom has been reappointed for a further three years, with his second term starting on 20 January 2017 and ending on 19 January 2020. The role attracts £6,560 per annum.

Sandie Dawe CBE spent 30 years in the tourism industry, most recently as Chief Executive of VisitBritain. She led the national strategy to maximise the tourism benefits of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, oversaw major initiatives including the ‘GREAT’ global marketing campaign and saw tourism numbers reach record levels. Before joining VisitBritain she worked in media, book publishing and tourism. Sandie holds a number of non-executive roles; as Director of London & Partners and Chair of Kids in Museums, and she is an adviser to Four Communications and member of the Advisory Board of Countryside Life Ltd. Sandie has been reappointed for a further three years, with her second term starting on 18 February 2017 and ending on 17 February 2020. The role attracts £6,560 per annum.

Steve Miller is Acting Assistant Director, Community and Environmental Services (Cultural Services) for Norfolk County Council and Head of Norfolk Museums Service and Norfolk Arts Service. Prior to taking up the role of Head of Museums for Norfolk, Steve was the Chief Executive of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, one of the largest independent museums in the UK (2006-2013). Before Ironbridge, Steve was Director of the Norton Priory Museum Trust in Cheshire (2001-2006). Steve has worked widely with partners from across the cultural sector in the UK, as well as undertaking project work around the restructure of the National Museum for Art, Architecture & Design in Oslo, Norway. Steve has been a member of the European Cultural Parliament since 2008. He is also a Cultural Leadership Fellow of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. Steve is a council member of the National Museum Directors’ Council and was previously a council member of the Association of Independent Museums. Steve has been reappointed for a further three years, with his second term starting on 18 February 2017 and ending on 17 February 2020. The role attracts £6,560 per annum.

These reappointments were made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice. It is a requirement of the Code that political activity by those appointed is declared. All the above have declared they have not carried out any political activity.

Published 12 January 2017