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12 September 2016

Historic Environment Scotland welcomes new CEO

Historic Environment Scotland welcomes new Chief Executive, Alex Paterson.

Alex Paterson wearing a suit, standing next to a wall covered in images

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is pleased to announce that Alex Paterson has taken up his new role of Chief Executive Officer as of Monday 12 September 2016.

Alex was previously Chief Executive at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). During his time there he oversaw the strategy for key national sectors, as well as business and community growth. Alex also worked to improve the region's infrastructure, increase international trade performance, and promote business innovation.

Historic Environment Scotland was formed late in 2015 by bringing together Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) to create a new public body to care for, protect and promote Scotland’s historic environment.

Alex will be building on the hard work of HES staff, including the launch of the organisation’s first Corporate Plan and Business Plan. He will report to the HES Board, and is responsible for carrying out their vision and strategy. Alex is also the designated Accountable Officer to the Scottish Government.

More information on the Chief Executive and his role can be found on our website.