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Members appointed to the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland

2 October 2007

Linda Fabiani, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture today announced the appointment of four new members to the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland (HEACS).

Eila Macqueen, Dr Colin Martin, Colin McLean and Dr Richard Oram join the eight existing members of HEACS, an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) which provides Scottish Ministers with strategic advice on the historic environment.

Eila Macqueen took up post as Director of the Council for Scottish Archaeology in 2004, bringing together her interests in the historic environment and community participation. She has 15 years experience in the museums sector and is a former Assistant Director of the Northern Ireland Museums Council. She is a Board Member of Scottish Environment LINK. She does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

Dr Colin Martin is a historical archaeologist specialising in maritime landscapes and post-medieval shipwrecks. He is a former President of the Nautical Archaeology Society; a Director of Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion (SCAPE); and Chair of the Morvern Maritime Centre. He currently is a member of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites (ACHWS). No remuneration is received for this work.

Colin McLean is the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Manager for Scotland and has worked in the heritage sector for 27 years, holding posts in the Scottish Mining Museums Trust (Director) and the Scottish Museums Council (Assistant Director, Communications). He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

Dr Richard Oram is Professor of Medieval and Environmental History at Stirling University. He has published extensively on Scottish medieval history for the popular and academic sectors, working especially on landscape, settlement, culture and resource exploitation. He does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

These appointments will be for three years and will run from 01 September 2007 to 31 August 2010.

The posts are part-time and attract no remuneration for a time commitment of approximately 12 days per year.

The Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland came into being on 1 June 2003. It was established by Scottish Ministers as a new advisory Non-Departmental Public Body to provide independent strategic advice on issues affecting the historic environment, including structures; places of historical; archaeological and architectural interest

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. None of the members declared any political activity within the past five years.

For further information


Isla Macleod
Communications and Media Manager
Communications and Media
0131 668 8852br/> isla.macleod@scotland.gsi.gov.uk