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Members appointed to the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland

1 July 2006

Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, has announced the appointment of two new members and reappointment of nine members to the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland (HEACS).

The new members are:

Evelyn Silber – Dr Evelyn Silber was until recently director of the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow and, as a member of the curatorial advisory committee for The Tall Ship, has an interest in the conservation of the historic marine environment. Dr Silber is also an expert on 19th century architecture and the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Dr Silber holds a doctorate in art history and is a graduate of the Attingham Summer School, the focus of which is the historic environment, country houses, landscapes and fine and decorative art. Since 2002 Dr Silber has been the convener of the Langside, Battlefield and Camphill community council.


James Simpson – James Simpson has worked in the field of conservation architecture since the 1960s. He is a partner in Edinburgh-based Simpson & Brown and has expertise in a wide range of issues relating to the historic environment, including artefact conservation, traditional skills and materials. Mr Simpson trained as an architect at Edinburgh College of Art where he was greatly influenced by one of his teachers Colin McWilliam, author of books on the Scottish Townscape and first editor of The Buildings of Scotland.  Mr Simpson has written and lectured extensively on the topic of the historic environment.

These appointments will be for 3 years and will run from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2009. These posts are part-time and attract no remuneration for a time commitment of approximately 12 days a month. Neither of the above appointees hold any other Ministerial appointments.

The 9 reappointed members are:

Elizabeth Burns CMG OBE (Chair) – Her career includes extensive experience as a member and chair of numerous committees, boards and working groups at local, national and international levels. She is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), a body with members from over 80 countries.

This reappointment will be for three years and will run from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2009.  This post receives remuneration of £2718 for a time commitment of approximately 12 days per year. Elizabeth Burns does not hold any other ministerial appointments.

Peter Burman MBE - Director of Conservation and Property Services for the National Trust for Scotland. He is an architectural historian trained in conservation. He was previously Director of the Centre for Conservation at the University of York and Head of the Council for the Care of Churches/cathedrals fabric commission for England. He is a council member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland.

This reappointment will be for 2 years and will run from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2008. This post receives no remuneration for a time commitment of approximately 12 days per year. Peter Burman does not hold any other ministerial appointments.


Neil Galbraith OBE - He was formerly Director of Education and Leisure Services (1979-1999) and Acting Chief Executive (1999-2000) of the Western Isles Council. While Director of Education he was responsible for the museum service in the Western Isles and oversaw the establishment of the local authority Archaeological Service. He is currently Director of the Scottish Coastal Archaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Trust, and Director and Chairman of the Lewis and Harris Buildings Preservation Trust.

This reappointment will be for 1 year and will run from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2007. This post receives no remuneration for a time commitment of approximately 12 days per year. Neil Galbraith does not hold any other ministerial appointments.

He has been a partner in Law & Dunbar-Nasmith Architects since 1999. He serves on the royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Conservation Committee and was previously a member of the historic buildings Council for Scotland.

This reappointment will be for 3 years and will run from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2009. This post receives no remuneration for a time commitment of approximately 12 days per year. Mark Hopton does not hold any other ministerial appointments.

Ian Johnson - Manager of the Ayrshire Joint Structure Plan and Transportation Committee since 1996. He has been a local authority planner since 1970, serving as Principal Planner (Heritage) for Strathclyde Regional Council (1985-1996). He has worked on a variety of heritage projects including Kilmartin Glen and Arran, the development of industrial museums in Strathclyde, and numerous historic settlement projects. He is a member of the Scottish Gardens Advisory Group and the Historic Landscape Assessment Group and has a strong personal interest in industrial archaeology.

This reappointment will be for 3 years and will run from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2009. This post receives no remuneration for a time commitment of approximately 12 days per year. Ian Johnson does not hold any other ministerial appointments.


Eleanor McAllister - Managing Director of Clydebank Re-Built Ltd since 2002. She has considerable experience of urban regeneration and conservation projects. She was head of Economic and Social Initiatives, Glasgow City Council (1999-2002); Depute Director of Glasgow 1999 Festival Company (1996-1999); Project Manager, Strathclyde Regional Council (1992-1996); and Director, Glasgow Building Preservation Trust (1984-1991). She was a Board Member of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust until 2004. She is a lay adviser to the Architects Registration Board.

This reappointment will be for 1 year and will run from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2007. This post receives no remuneration for a time commitment of approximately 12 days per year. Eleanor McAllister is a member of the Advisory Board of Architecture and Design Scotland, a post that is part-time and receives no remuneration.

Charles McKean - Professor of Scottish Architectural History at the University of Dundee since 1997. He was Head of Duncan of Jordanstone School of Architecture (1995-97) and Chief Executive, Secretary and Treasurer, of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (1979-1994). He was a Trustee of the Hill House Trust, Thirlestane Castle Trust and the Cockburn Conservation Trust, chaired the National Trust for Scotland's (NTS) Building Committee for 9 years and remains a Council member of the NTS. He is a Member of the Scottish Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This reappointment will be for 2 years and will run from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2008. This post receives no remuneration for a time commitment of approximately 12 days per year. Charles McKean does not hold any other ministerial appointments.


Ross Noble - recently retired after serving as Curator of the Highland Folk Museum at Kingussie/Newtonmore for many years (1976-2003). He was responsible for transforming the museum into an award-wining leader in heritage interpretation. He has a specialist knowledge in traditional buildings and their furniture and has published extensively in this field. He has been involved with a variety of organisations relating to museums, tourism, and training including the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions, Tourism Training Scotland, and the Museums Training Institute. He was President of the Society for Folk Life Studies of Great Britain and Ireland.

This reappointment will be for 2 years and will run from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2008. This post receives no remuneration for a time commitment of approximately 12 days per year. Ross Noble does not hold any other ministerial appointments.


Andrew Wright OBE - a chartered architect and heritage consultant, recently retired as chairman of a leading architectural practice, and a player in the field for more than 20 years. He was President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland from 1995-1997 and has been a Member of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland (1996-2003) and a Commissioner of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland since 1997. He holds posts in a number of other bodies concerned with the built heritage.

This reappointment will be for 3 years and will run from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2009. This post receives no remuneration for a time commitment of approximately 12 days per year. Andrew Wright does not hold any other ministerial appointments.These Ministerial public appointments were made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland’s Code of Practice.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Eleanor McAllister is a member of the Labour Party and has made a recordable donation and canvassed on behalf of the party or helped at an election in the last five years. None of the other appointees declared political activity.

Announcing the appointments, Ms Ferguson said:

“HEACS has an important role to play in safeguarding our historic environment and advising Scottish Ministers. Members have a range of expertise enabling them to provide expert strategic advice across the vast range of Scotland’s historic landscape.

Our historic environment is a tangible link to our past and the HEACS members understand how valuable an asset it is. Their contribution will help us all to look after it for the future.  I hope Dr Silber and Mr Simpson will enjoy their new roles.”

Mr Simpson said: “Our living historic environment is Scotland's greatest asset. The challenge is to make the most of it now, while ensuring that it's still there for our grandchildren.

“Conservation is the profoundly creative process of 'managing change'. I shall look forward, as a member of HEACS, to advising ministers in a policy area I know well and which is close to my heart.”

Dr Silber said: “I am delighted to be appointed to HEACS and welcome the opportunity to be able to contribute to something so worthwhile and interesting.”

Electronic images of Dr Silber and Mr Simpson are available from Lesley Brown.

For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk