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Strategic Historic Environment Forum

Role of the group

The Strategic Historic Environment Forum for Scotland was set up in 2014 to help deliver Our Place in Time – The Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland.

Its purpose is to provide top-level leadership across heritage organisations and other bodies, with the aim of realising our shared vision for Scotland's historic environment, as outlined in the Strategy.

The main functions of the forum are :

  • to champion Scotland's historic environment by providing strategic advice and direction on its management and promotion
  • to ensure the cultural, social, environmental and economic value of our heritage continues to make a major contribution to the nation's wellbeing by delivering our shared vision for Scotland's historic environment
  • to promote the Strategy by encouraging and celebrating collaboration and leadership at all levels across the sector
  • to work in partnership on issues of national importance, aligning partners' activities and resources to deliver on agreed priorities for the historic environment

Meeting minutes prior to June 2016 can be found in the archive.


  • Fiona Hyslop MSP (Chair), Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs
  • Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, PAS
  • Stephen Carter, Archaeological Consultant, Headland Archaeology
  • Mike Cantlay, Chair, Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Bill Drummond, (Former) Chair, Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Mark Hopton, Partner LDN Architects
  • Lord David Johnstone, Chair, Scottish Land and Estates
  • Sir Moir Lockhead, Chair, National Trust for Scotland
  • William MacLeod, Chair, New Lanark Trust
  • Eleanor McAllister OBE, Economist and Planner
  • Cllr Kelly Parry, COSLA
  • Graeme Purves OBE, Chair, Built Environment Forum Scotland
  • Jane Ryder, Chair, Historic Environment Scotland