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First female chair of English Heritage

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw today announced the appointment of Baroness Kay Andrews as the new Chair of English Heritage.

Baroness Andrews was formerly Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Her appointment followed an open competition under full Nolan procedures earlier in the year, and will run for four years from 27 July 2009.

Ben Bradshaw said: "English Heritage plays a key role in so many of my department's programmes, and we greatly value its expertise and experience, and the important work it does to bring our historic environment alive for everyone.

"Kay Andrews was the unanimous choice of the independent panel that assessed all the applicants for the Chair, and takes on the chairmanship at an important time for the organisation. Public interest in our history and heritage is really high at home, and looks set to captivate the huge numbers who will come to the UK in 2012. There are exciting times ahead and she is wonderfully well-qualified to lead English Heritage through them.

"I must also thank Sir Barry Cunliffe who has been a most diligent interim Chairman since last September and I thank him warmly for stepping in to lead the organisation following Sandy Bruce Lockhart's death in August."

English Heritage is the UK Government's statutory adviser on the historic environment entrusted with the conservation of thousands of locations throughout the country.

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