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Appointment extensions to the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland

21 July 2008

Two members of the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland have received extensions to their terms of office.

The members are:

Dr Peter Burman MBE FSA,  Professor of Cultural Heritage Management, at the Brandenburgische Technische Universität, Cottbus, Germany and former Director of Conservation & Property Services at the National Trust for Scotland from 2002-07.  He is an architectural historian, trained also in conservation theory and philosophy at ICCROM (Rome), author and speaker on a wide range of conservation-related topics.  Dr Burman is Chairman of the statutory Fabric Advisory Committee for St Paul’s Cathedral and does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

Mr Ross Noble, former Curator of the Highland Folk Museum at Kingussie/ Newtonmore (1976-2003).   Under his stewardship he transformed  the museum into an award-winning leader in heritage interpretation.  He has a specialist knowledge in traditional buildings and their furniture and has published extensively in this field.  Mr Noble is a former President of the Society for Folk Studies of Great Britain and Ireland.  Mr Noble does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

The extensions will be for 12 months and will run from 01 June 2008 to 31 May 2009.

The posts are part-time and are not remunerated.

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. This includes structures and places of historical, archaeological and architectural interest.

These extensions 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.  Mr Noble and Dr Burman declared no political activity within the past five years.  

Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is responsible for keeping and updating the nation’s list of buildings, structures and sites that warrant legal protection due to their archaeological, architectural or historic significance. Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Executive and is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers.

  • HEACS is the advisory Non-Departmental Public Body which provides Scottish Ministers with strategic advice on issues affecting the historic environment. HEACS was established in 2003 under the Public Appointments & Public Bodies etc (Scotland) Act 2003.

  • On 30 January 2008, the First Minister announced a package of changes to deliver more effective government in Scotland by reshaping Scotland’s national public service organisations.  Under the terms of this announcement, HEACS will be abolished at the end of its current work programme (due to be completed in mid-2009), in line with the Government’s approach to reducing the number of permanent advisory bodies established to advise Scottish Ministers.

For further information

Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873