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29 November 2023

Statement from Alex Paterson

After over seven years as Chief Executive of Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Alex Paterson has made the decision to move on to new things and has resigned.

Portrait of Alex Paterson

Joining HES in September 2016, shortly after the merger of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), Alex has steered HES through a time in which it has grown and developed as an organisation and negotiated a number of challenges, not least a global pandemic.

On Alex’s departure, Hugh Hall, HES Board Chair, said:

“On behalf of all colleagues at Historic Environment Scotland, I would like to thank Alex for his tremendous contribution to the organisation during the past seven years as our CEO.

"His achievements are many. Most notably, he has overseen the transformation of HES to become a leading heritage body whose success and professionalism is recognised throughout the UK and beyond.

“There will be ample opportunity to acknowledge Alex’s valuable contribution to HES prior to his departure. He will leave with our deepest gratitude and with our very best wishes for the future.”

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES) 

  • We are the lead body for Scotland’s historic environment, a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection. It is at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment and addressing the impacts of climate change on its future, investigating and recording architectural and archaeological sites and landscapes across Scotland and caring for more than 300 properties of national importance. We are also the lead on delivering Scotland's strategy for the historic environment, Our Past, Our Future.
  • 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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Laura Ely
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
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