Carol Pyrah announced as new Trustee for National Lottery Heritage Fund / National Heritage Memorial Fund

Carol Pyrah - CEO

We’re delighted to share the news that the Prime Minister has appointed our incoming Chief Executive, Carol Pyrah, to the Board of Trustees at the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).

Carol will also become Chair of the Heritage Fund’s North regional committee, which makes decisions on grant requests between £250,000 and £5million, recommends funding priorities, and provides a crucial local perspective to the Board.

Carol has been the Executive Director of Historic Coventry Trust since 2019, finding innovative ways to sustain historic places and to inspire, involve and connect people with the city’s history. Carol officially joins Urban Green Newcastle as Chief Executive in July of this year.

Dr Simon Thurley CBE, Chair, National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “I am delighted to welcome Carol Pyrah as a trustee. Her passion for place, landscapes and buildings will play a critical role in the development of our new long-term vision and strategy. She joins a Board that’s committed to building a resilient heritage sector for people and places across the UK. I look forward to working with her as we drive innovation and partnerships to ensure our heritage is kept safe for generations to come.”

Carol Pyrah, incoming Chief Executive of Urban Green Newcastle, said: “The National Lottery Heritage Fund has contributed significantly to the UK’s heritage, and never more so than through the unprecedented challenges of the last few years. I am excited to join the Board as it looks forward to how our wonderful heritage can continue to support people and communities, both in the North and across the whole UK.”

Carol has been appointed on three-year terms until 30 April 2025. The Trustees lead strategic development and make decisions on grant requests over £5million. Trustees are appointed, following open advertisement, by the Prime Minister to the board of the Heritage Fund’s parent body the National Heritage Memorial Fund?(NHMF).

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