Our People

Our People

The skill, knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm of our staff and volunteers make English Heritage a special place to work. The range of roles and expertise is immense and draws people from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds.

As a registered charity, we are governed by a board of trustees who delegate day-to-day responsibility for the running of the organisation to a senior management team. Sir Tim Laurence is Chairman of the board of trustees and Kate Mavor CBE is our Chief Executive.

Kate Mavor joined English Heritage in May 2015 as Chief Executive of the newly created charity

Chief Executive

Kate Mavor CBE is the Chief Executive of English Heritage. She was formerly the Chief Executive of the National Trust for Scotland, where she arrived at a moment of financial crisis for the Trust. During her tenure there, she was instrumental in transforming the charity's fortunes, introducing a five-year-plan to restore its financial stability and giving it a new sense of purpose.

"It is a privilege to lead English Heritage on the first stage of its new journey as a charity. English Heritage looks after sites where momentous historic events took place. Individually and collectively these precious places tell a remarkable story."

Kate was previously Chief Executive of the UK interpreting service, Language Line, where she led a management buyout, and Chief Executive of the youth volunteering charity, Project Scotland. Her early career was spent in the book publishing and educational tourism industries in London. She was educated at Oxford University.

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence is Chairman of the English Heritage Trust.


Sir Tim Laurence is Chairman of the English Heritage Trust, having previously served for four years as a Commissioner of English Heritage prior to it becoming a charity. A career naval officer, his time in uniform ended after serving for three years as Chief Executive in charge of the Defence Estate, with responsibility for some 700 listed buildings, 1200 scheduled monuments and 170 SSSIs.

Since then Tim has pursued his enthusiasm for regeneration, as Chairman of two regeneration companies; for major projects, as Chairman of the Major Projects Association; and for heritage through his involvement with English Heritage and the HMS Victory Preservation Company. He was previously Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Deputy Chairman of RNLI. Tim is an ex officio member of English Heritage's Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Appointments Committee. He is also a Director of English Heritage Trading Ltd.  


The collective role of the trustees is to provide strategic direction and constructive challenge to ensure English Heritage delivers its goals and objectives and is managed effectively.

  • Sir Tim Laurence KCVO, CB, ADC
  • Sarah Staniforth CBE - Deputy Chair
  • Vicky Barnsley (Howard) OBE
  • Kay Boycott
  • Liz Bromley
  • Tanvi Gokhale
  • Charles Gurassa
  • Sir Laurie Magnus CBE
  • Ian McCaig
  • Kunle Olulode MBE
  • Sue Wilkinson

Meet Our Trustees

Senior Management Team

Kate Mavor
Kate Logan
Operational Management of Properties
Delivery of Commercial Targets
Capital Investment Programme
Health and Safety Champion
Food & Beverage
Public Events
Venue & Filming Hire
Holiday Cottages
Residential & Commercial Lettings
Rob Woodside
Capital Projects
Conservation & Maintenance
Asset Management Planning
Corporate Health & Safety
Anna Eavis
Research (Properties, Gardens, Collections)
Conservation Advice (Properties, Gardens, Landscapes)
Conservation of Artefacts
Interpretation & Learning (On Site & Digital)
Publishing & Education Resources
Luke Whitcomb
Visitor Marketing
Membership Marketing
Fundraising (direct marketing)
Owned Digital Channels
Customer Insight
Sue Fisher
Fundraising (major gifts, grants & trusts)
Corporate Membership
Community Fundraising
Mark Stuart-Smith
Human Resources
Internal Communications
Business Change

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You might also like to know more about our equality and diversity policy.


Like other large organisations, we’re legally required to report on the gender pay gap. It highlights differences in pay distribution between men and women across an organisation. It’s different to equal pay, which ensures men and women get paid the same for the same job. Instead, the gender pay gap records the average hourly difference in earnings between men and women. 

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