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Loyd Grossman, Chairman of the Heritage Alliance

Peter Ainsworth – Chair of The Heritage Alliance

Peter Ainsworth was appointed Chair of the Heritage Alliance in December 2018. Peter has over 30 years of commitment to public life. Following a successful career in banking, which he combined with serving as a local councillor, Peter entered Parliament in 1992. During his time as an MP Peter was the shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1998-2001) and then the shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (from 2001-2002, and again 2005-2009). Peter is currently Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, which thanks to National Lottery players gives grants for the improvement of communities across the UK. He is also Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Peter Ainsworth said:

“It’s a great honour to have been asked to succeed Loyd Grossman as Chair of the Heritage Alliance.

“At a time of economic, social and political challenge the values and lessons gifted to us by the past become even more potent. The vast diversity of our historic buildings and landscapes provides thousands of jobs and is the cornerstone of our vital tourism industry. Just as important is the sense of joy, and sometimes awe, to be gained from visiting a great house, a medieval church, or a humble cottage steeped in history. This is for everyone today; it is the duty of our generation to pass it on to the future.

“I look forward to getting to know more about all of the Alliance’s different member organisations very soon.”

Loyd Grossman said:

“After nine years as Chair it is time to step down and I can think of no one better able to fill the role than Peter Ainsworth. He brings the right combination of political and Board-level experience, as well as sheer unadulterated enthusiasm for this country’s unique and glorious heritage in all its many shapes and sizes. I will be very sorry to step down at the end of my final term of office in December, but I know that the Alliance will continue to go from strength to strength with Peter at the helm.’

Lizzie Glithero-West, The Heritage Alliance’s Chief Executive, said:

“We are all delighted to welcome Peter Ainsworth onto the Alliance Board and his energy and enthusiasm for the Alliance is already so evident. I very much look forward to working with him. There will be many exciting opportunities and much to do in the months and years ahead, and members will be greatly reassured to know that we have someone of Peter’s stature and ability to speak up for them in all the key political and policy debates.”

    Loyd Grossman – Former Chairman of The Heritage Alliance

    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009, Loyd Grossman supported and provided a strategic lead for the development of The Heritage Alliance. Loyd was awarded a CBE for services to heritage in the 2015 Birthday Honours – a fitting recognition of his significant contribution. Loyd’s term of office ended at Heritage Day 2018 at the end of his third and final term of office.