In our second profile it is a pleasure to introduce Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, and Andrew Stokes, England Director of VisitEngland who will be speaking in World Heritage UK’s Heritage Leaders session on the 9th of October.
Awarded an OBE for services to heritage in 2007 Duncan Wilson led the Alexandra Park and Palace Trust from 2011 to 2015, developing a major regeneration and conservation scheme to restore the Victorian theatre and world famous television studios. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College and Director of the Somerset House Trust, where from 1997 he led the project to restore the public spaces and open the site to the public, creating a new landmark for London in the millennium year.
Appointed as Chief Exectutive of the newly formed Historic England in May 2015 the organisation has the responsibility for the statutory protection of all of England’s historic environment, from castles and country houses to historic town centres and industrial buildings, including historic landscapes and archaeological sites.
Andrew Stokes joined VisitEngland in 2016 after spending 14 years as the Chief Executive of Marketing Manchester. During his tenure he transformed the organisation from being totally focused on tourism to one working across sectors responsible for branding, promotion and marketing the city. He worked on the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the reinvention of the annual Pride Festival, major political conferences and Manchester Airport’s route development and marketing strategy.
Prior to this, Andrew held leadership roles within the former London Tourist Board, the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden and the Royal Albert Hall. He has also sat on the boards of Manchester International Festival, Manchester Central Convention Complex, Cityco Ltd. and Carcanet Press.
It’s hugely exciting to have representatives from both the most significant heritage and tourism organisations in England speaking in the same session and it will be intriguing to hear their perspectives on World Heritage in the UK.
The Heritage Leaders sessions is taking place on the 9th of October as part of the WHUK programme. Tickets for a single day or the whole conference are available here and you can find out about more of our fantastic speakers across the website.