director of policy & evidence,
Ian Morrison was appointed initially as Historic England’s Director of Planning and then Director of Policy and Evidence in 2017 to help shape the future direction and strategies of the organisation and lead the delivery of its specialist technical services, strategy, analytics and central listing and research functions. As a key member of the Executive Team, Ian’s primary role is to ensure England’s historic environment is identified, understood, protected and championed for public benefit.
Ian was previously Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) where he successfully expanded the charity’s advice, grants and loan services to help meet the growing demand of enterprising communities wishing to repair and re-use historic buildings they value. Prior to joining the AHF, Ian was Head of Historic Environment at the National Lottery Heritage Fund, where he held the lead UK policy role for the historic environment and introduced and directed a number of the Heritage Fund’s grant programmes. His early career was spent with Historic England (formerly English Heritage), where he amassed 15 years’ experience working in a variety of roles in London and the South West.
Ian is a former serving member of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, the Prince’s Regeneration Trust Advisory Panel, the FWW Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund and the Cultural Development Fund Advisory Panel. During the last year he has focused on the design and delivery of the Culture Recovery Fund, working alongside colleagues in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and other cultural agencies to support the culture and heritage sectors through the pandemic.