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Transition Board

Aileen McKechnie, Transition Board Chair
Membership of the Transition Advisory Board – which will provide constructive advice and support to the transition programme – has now been confirmed.

Chaired by the Scottish Government’s Director of Culture and Heritage Aileen McKechnie (pictured left), the Board will consist of six non-executive members, as well as joint CEOS and SROs to the transition project,  Diana Murray and Ian Walford.

Four of the non-executive members have been drawn from the existing Historic Scotland Advisory Committee and the RCAHMS Commissioners.

They are, Paul Jardine and Gordon Masterton (Commissioners) and Eleanor McAllister and Andrew Wright (Advisors).

They are joined by two new members who have been recruited specifically to sit on the Transition Advisory Board – Fiona Logan and Humphrey Welfare.

The Board will meet approximately every two months to monitor progress of the Programme; review risks and costs;  provide quality control; support corporate governance; and act as ambassadors for the transition to the new body.

Aileen McKechnie said: “I see the Board as being a critical friend to the process of creating one new body out of RCAHMS and Historic Scotland.”

The Transition Board will be a temporary arrangement until such time as a Chairman and Board can be formally appointed once the Bill, which it is hoped will be introduced in 2014, has passed its first stage.

Additionally, it will not replace the Historic Scotland Advisory Committee or the RCAHMS Commissioners, both of which will continue to support their respective bodies in various ways.

Non Executive Members of the Transition Advisory Board



(From top, left to right: Paul Jardine, Dr Gordon G T Masterton, Eleanor McAllister OBE, Andrew PK Wright OBE, Humphrey Welfare, Fiona Logan.)

Paul Jardine
Founder and Managing Director of Jura Consultants.  An economist and accountant he provides research and consultancy services to the UK tourism, culture and heritage sectors. Paul has a particular interest in the built environment and the creative re-use of historic buildings. He has recently been involved in the preparation of audience development proposals and business plans for Rosslyn Chapel, Abbotsford House, the National Museum of Scotland, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Dr Gordon G T Masterton OBE
Vice President, Jacobs Engineering, based in Glasgow. A civil engineer with international experience in major infrastructure projects and currently the UK government's Project Representative for Crossrail, Europe's largest construction project. A former President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, former Chairman of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust and former Trustee of the Forth Bridges Visitor Centre Trust.  Former President of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering's panel in Scotland, and former Chairman of the Construction Industry Council. In 2011 he launched the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame.  Vice Chairman of RCAHMS.

Eleanor McAllister OBE
Project sponsor for the new campus building at Glasgow School of Art and a Director of arts charity WASPs. She has had extensive experience of regeneration initiatives, and most recently she was Chief Executive of Clydebank Re-built Ltd.  Currently a member of the National Heritage Lottery Scotland Committee and a former member of Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland (HEACS) and the National Economic Forum.

Andrew P K Wright OBE
An accredited  Conservation Architect and Heritage Consultant who has worked on conservation and management plans for complex heritage sites and buildings.  Past President of Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and a former member of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland and HEACS (a vice chair).  Served as independent adviser to the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body.  Has acted as HLF monitor and expert adviser.

Humphrey Welfare
Formerly a Director in RCHME and in English Heritage, responsible for the management of research in the historic environment, and then of the northern teams that provide advice within the planning system and grants for heritage at risk.  Since 2012, a Trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust, and Chair of the CCT's Conservation Committee, and of its Art Panel.  Chairman of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site Management Plan Committee.  Member of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for the North West. From 2005 to 2011, a non-executive Director of Hadrian's Wall Heritage Ltd, and chair of a HWHL project board for a new visitor centre and museum for West Cumbria.  Editor of Archaeologia Aeliana,, and formerly of the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland..  Specialties: the archaeology of northern England and southern Scotland; heritage tourism; the management of significant landscapes, especially National Parks; public engagement, and the communication of understanding; publications.

Fiona Logan
CEO Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.  With a strong track record of successful leadership and business transformation, a people person who enjoys achieving results.  Work at the National Park brings corporate and environmental experience together; to support a vision for Scotland that realises its economic potential through best and sustainable use of its natural resources.  The National Park stakeholder environment is unique, challenging and diverse.   Prior to working at the National Park, Fiona’s professional experience includes working for major blue chip companies including Unilever and IBM and after 10 years working overseas, Fiona came back to the UK to run her own successful management consultancy.

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