Heather Jermy, Partner and Head of Heritage Consultancy, has recently taken up a three-year post as a Trustee of the Heritage Alliance. Heather says: "It’s an exciting chance to understand better, from a first-hand perspective, the goals, aims of heritage NGOs as well as the challenges they face. I look forward to being able to offer my advice and experience on both built heritage and from a private practice perspective."
The Heritage Alliance unites independent heritage organisations to provide a single, powerful voice on behalf of heritage. As the biggest coalition of heritage interests, it brings together members such as the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic Houses, to more specialist bodies representing visitors, trustees, members and staff.
Established in 2002 (as Heritage Link), the Alliance spotlights and coordinates overarching messages of members and provides a mouthpiece to opinion-formers and decision-makers in Westminster and beyond. It encourages the sharing of members’ experiences and expertise to influence legislation, policy and guidance and helps members develop and learn through online resources, knowledge sharing and events such as an annual Heritage Debate and Heritage Day.
Crucially, the Alliance provides a pivotal link to government, sharing knowledge and making available its expertise to political parties who set the regulatory frameworks for the care of our heritage, in order to secure the best future for England, built on its invaluable past.
Heather assumes the significant role of trustee alongside 11 other senior practitioners from across the heritage sector. Heather intends to use her experience to carve a niche in the Board, bringing expertise of the built environment and the voice of the private heritage practitioner to the ensemble.
This news brings a fantastic opportunity both to Heather and Purcell: we are happy that she can share her knowledge with such a valuable organisation and can see the value that her engagement with members will bring to better support and work with heritage organisations in future.