Lord Neil Mendoza, Provost of Oriel College, has been appointed as Chair of Historic England by the Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), The Rt Hon Lucy Frazer KC MP.
In response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the cultural sector, Neil was appointed by the government as Commissioner for Culture at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in 2020. He also currently chairs the government’s research-led Culture and Heritage Capital Board.
“To be appointed the next Chair of Historic England is a great honour,” Neil said, adding: “England’s historic environment holds deep meaning for people. Over the last few years we have witnessed its impact in regeneration, education and cultural development across the country. I look forward to ensuring the ongoing protection of the nation’s heritage estate and demonstrating the importance, beauty and value of our heritage to a wider society.”
Alongside his new role, Neil will remain focused on preserving, protecting and enhancing life at Oriel as it approaches its 700th anniversary in 2026.