English Heritage champions our historic places and advises the Government and others to help today’s generation get the best out of our heritage and ensure that it is protected for future generations. English Heritage welcomes 10 million people each year to 400 sites all around England.
As Historic Properties Director, Tim is responsible for the management of 400 historic properties, from staging events and providing a range of visitor services, to maintenance, conservation and capital projects.
"I applied for an administrative job with English Heritage in 1996. After a year I moved into the Exhibitions & Interpretation Department, and spent four years as an Exhibitions Manager. Over 2001 and 2002 we went through a modernisation process. One outcome was a greater emphasis on the portfolio of historic properties to engage the general public and overseas visitors with the historic environment of England as well as generating income at a time when government funding was flat-lined.
In support of this a very significant investment strategy and programme was developed by me, in a newly-created role of Head of Property Development, to see that our visitor attractions business was able to maximise its potential and, ultimately, become self-financing. The capital investment programme was so successful that it was expanded from 2005, and the post upgraded to a Director-level position. Shortly after, the capital development and property management functions were merged into a single post of Historic Properties Director, which is what I do now.
I’m responsible for almost every aspect of the management of our historic properties portfolio: visitor services, membership sales, retail, catering, hospitality, filming, concerts, re-enactment and other events, maintenance and conservation or capital projects. Being a senior manager does, of course, mean enduring my fair share of meetings – monitoring the performance of the business, developing projects and new initiatives and setting strategy. Often they take place at some of the most spectacular historic sites in the country – at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, Dover Castle in Kent, Pendennis Castle in Cornwall or at Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall.