The Queen has announced the appointment of the former Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Peter Ainsworth, as Chairman of Trustees of The Churches Conservation Trust [Alliance member]. Loyd Grossman CBE FSA [Heritage Alliance Chair] steps down from the position with the Trust in July 2016.
Mr Ainsworth has been UK Chair of the Big Lottery Fund since 2011 and is a Board member of the Environment Agency. A former investment banker, he is a founding partner of sustainability consultancy the Robertsbridge Group. He served as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Shadow Secretary of State of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and was Member of Parliament for East Surrey for 18 years until 2010. His involvement in the heritage sector dates back to 1995, when he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for National Heritage, and he was a member of the DCMS Select Committee in 2009-2010.