New Royal Parks Chairman

From: Andrew Scattergood
Subject: New Chair of The Royal Parks Charity
Date: 4 July 2016 15:19:53 GMT+01:00
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Dear All,

You will no doubt be aware of our plans to create a new charity to manage and fundraise for the Royal Parks. Today, I wanted to update you regarding some exciting news about those plans.

Following a public recruitment process, the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has appointed lifelong arts and heritage enthusiast Loyd Grossman CBE as the Chairman of the new charity.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Loyd, who will bring diverse experience to the role. He is currently a patron of the Association for Heritage Interpretation and Heritage Open Days, is the President of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and since 2009 has been the Chairman of the Heritage Alliance – the UK membership organisation that represents more than 100 leading non-governmental organisations across the heritage sector.

He has served on the Boards of a number of cultural institutions including English Heritage, the Museums and Galleries Commission and the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. He has also been a former Commissioner for the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and has just completed nine years as Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust.

In 2015 he was awarded his CBE by the Queen in recognition of his services to the heritage sector.

Loyd will be the first Chair to lead our new charity which will manage and fundraise for the parks.

In February, we announced that the government had given its approval to plans by The Royal Parks Agency and the Royal Parks Foundation (the charity for the Royal Parks) to create a new public corporation. The process of applying for charitable status from the Charity Commission is now underway.

The new charitable body, which we hope to establish before the end of this financial year, will take over the role of managing the parks from The Royal Parks Agency (TRP), which last year spent £36.6m maintaining the 5,000 acre estate. It will also build on the role of fundraising currently undertaken by the Royal Parks Foundation (RPF).

Mr Grossman’s appointment will initially lasts for four years but could be extended for a further four, and over the next few weeks he will work with DCMS and the Greater London Authority (GLA), to begin appointing his board of trustees.

If you have any questions about this appointment or the creation of the new charity please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,


Andrew Scattergood | Chief Executive | 0300 061 2123 | | The Old Police House | Hyde Park | London | W2 2UH

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