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HES Board - 100 Days, May 2015

7th May was a significant landmark for HES, as it marked 100 days since the appointment of the new HES Board.

Since February the Board, led by Jane Ryder OBE, have established monthly meetings and visits, exploring the opportunities and challenges, and fully developing an ambitious vision, values and ideas as we approach 1st October.

The Board have been looking at the extensive functions HES will be undertaking, including a statutory role as a regulator and advisor to Ministers, as well as maintaining 345 properties in care, and the nationally important collections held by RCAHMS. The Board have also spent time considering just what it means for HES to be the lead body for the historic environment and what that might entail in terms of new activities and new approaches.

In practical terms, the Board have been focussing on priorities that need to be in place for the beginning of the new organisation, as well as longer term planning.

  • The recruitment process to appoint a new Chief Executive is underway, with applications closing on the 18th May and interviews scheduled for 11th and 12th June.
  • The first HES Corporate Plan 2016-19 is being developed. This will fully articulate the Board’s vision and values for the new organisation, demonstrating how HES will work with partners across the sector to deliver the Historic Environment Strategy - Our Place in Time. A public consultation will take place at the end of the year before the plan is approved.
  • The Annual Business Plan for 2015-16 has been approved by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona Hyslop. This sets out key deliverables, resources and measures of success for 2015-16. In October the incoming HES Board and CEO will review and develop the business plan for the remainder of the year, in light of progress.
  • A framework document setting out the formal governance framework for HES and its relationship with the Scottish Government is in preparation. The Board will be looking at this for the first time in May, together with the proposed business model for the new organisation, and a detailed presentation on future financial planning.
  • Preparation of a Scheme of Delegation is well underway, creating a systematic approach to the stewardship of the properties in care, including how we might identify and prioritise the resources required to maintain the properties to an appropriate standard.  
  • Meanwhile upcoming developments include a new HES website which will provide improved access to our unique digital resources, information, commercial activities, publications and events. We will also introduce an improved Heritage Management portal in October that enhances transparency and increases the information provided to stakeholders.  
  • June sees the launch of a major new initiative Scotland’s Urban Past, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This will be a new tool and engagement programme which will enable communities to directly research, record and celebrate their urban heritage.

HES Chair Jane Ryder, OBE said:

“A very great deal has been achieved in the Board’s first 100 days and the Board are committed to building on this excellent platform as we race towards the 1st October.

“The appointment of a new Chief Executive will be a significant milestone for the new organisation and I am very encouraged by the level of interest in the recruitment process, which has also been an excellent opportunity to raise general awareness of HES as a new organisation.

“I believe that it is our people and their expertise that will make our new organisation prosper, and I’m confident that with the enthusiasm, skill, passion and commitment of our staff we will deliver an exciting new era for Scotland’s historic environment.”

PDF icon Read the full Herald editorial article on the recruitment of the Chief Executive [PDF, 117kb]

RCAHMS & Historic Scotland Transition Programme update, February 2015

Historic Environment Scotland Board

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop announced on 27th January 2015 the first Chair and board members of Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

Jane Ryder OBE, former Chief Executive of the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator and Chair of Arts & Business Scotland, will become the first chair of the HES board.  She has been appointed for four years and will be joined by nine board members.

Read the full news story
Read this story on the Scottish Government website.
Download the Chair and Board Members Overview [pdf, 194kb]

Previous Updates

Historic Scotland and RCAHMS update - July 2014

Historic Scotland and RCAHMS update - November 2012 (survey)

Historic Scotland and RCAHMS update - September 2012

Working Together to Secure Scotland's Heritage - August 2012

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RCAHMS - Merger Information
Scottish Government - Historic Environment Information

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