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31 March 2021

Historic Environment Scotland appoints new Director of Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has appointed Elly McCrone as its new Director of Heritage.

Elly McCrone speaking at the 2019 Corporate Plan launch event at the Carnegie Library in Dunfermline

The appointment spans a number of areas including the provision of advice, policy and guidance on issues relating to the historic environment through HES’ role in the planning process, as well as responsibility for functions including survey and recording and designations.

The heritage directorate also look after internationally significant archives, having made over one million records available to users online and maintain the National Record of the Historic Environment.

Elly has over 20 years’ experience working in the heritage sector and joined HES’ predecessor, Historic Scotland in 2002. Her most recent role was Head of Designations. She is also a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and an associate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES said;

“I am delighted Elly will be HES’ new Director of Heritage. She brings with her many years’ experience in heritage having already worked in a variety of roles within the organisation’s designations, consents and advice functions. Elly will be a valuable addition to our Senior Management Team as we move forward to the next stages of recovery post-COVID and continue our external engagement work and delivery of our Corporate Plan objectives.“

Elly McCrone said;

“I am excited to step into the role of Director of Heritage at this crucial time and to continue to build on the success of HES’ work and polices. It is a huge privilege for me to lead the heritage directorate into its next phase and continue working alongside colleagues and external partners to help further champion Scotland’s historic environment.”

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About Historic Environment Scotland (HES) 

  • We are the lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. We will lead on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time.
  • Historic Scotland, Scran, Canmore, The National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP), The Engine Shed, Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle are sub-brands of HES.
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Dean Hendry
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
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