Ros, who has been Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust since 2006, will join HLF in summer 2016. She succeeds Carole Souter who steps down at the end of April.
Chair of HLF Sir Peter Luff said: “Ros Kerslake has a rich background in heritage and an impressive commitment to the role it plays in making people’s lives better. She is the perfect choice to lead HLF and as a successful applicant for funding, she knows how the organisation feels to those who seek National Lottery support.
Ros will join HLF at an exciting time, delivering new schemes to support skills, young people and resilience in the sector. She has the experience and enthusiasm to provide a clear vision and leadership for HLF’s highly dedicated staff, supporting our heritage and the role it plays in transforming communities across the UK.
As we welcome Ros, we wish Carole Souter every success in her new roles. Every part of the heritage world owes Carole a huge debt of gratitude. She has led HLF with skill and commitment and has enabled wonderful things to happen in every corner of the UK.”
Ros Kerslake said: “It is an enormous honour to be asked to lead an organisation which plays such a crucial role in supporting heritage all around the United Kingdom. Ensuring that the funds raised through the contributions of National Lottery players are used in a way that delivers real value to the community as a whole is a challenge that I take up with huge pleasure. I am stepping into very big shoes in taking over from Carole but I am looking forward very much to working with the exceptional team that she has established and to leading HLF on the next stage of its journey.”
Ian Marcus, Chair of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust said: “Under Ros’s outstanding leadership over the past 10 years The Prince’s Regeneration Trust has delivered an enormous contribution to the heritage of this country including the multi-award winning rescue of Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. We are very sorry to see her leave but wish her well in her new and vital role and are delighted her unique skills and experiences will still be available to the heritage world.”
Taken from a news release kindly submitted by the Heritage Lottery Fund. AIM would like to thank Katie Owen and Simon Oliver