The London Historic Buildings Trust (LHBT) is delighted to have announced the appointment of Dr. Laura Crossley as its Director.
This is a new part time role, and it marks an important step for the Trust as it aims to raise its profile and expand its capacity to deliver a larger number of heritage-led regeneration projects that focus on social impact. The appointment has been generously supported through funding from The Pilgrim Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation and The 29thMay 1961 Charity.
Laura Crossley is an experienced executive in the heritage sector, with an extensive track record in cultural and regeneration programmes that meet the needs of communities. She comes to LHBT from the National Football Museum where she was a member of the senior leadership team as well as being an independent cultural consultant to a range of heritage bodies. She has worked with the History of Science Museum, the National Trust, the Sheringham Museum and the Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust. She also holds a PhD from the University of Leicester and a MA from the University of Salford.
Georgina Nayler, Chair of LHBT, said: “This is undoubtedly a challenging time for the urban environment and the communities we serve. We are very pleased that Laura is joining us at this significant point in the Trust’s development, as we look to expand our work in transforming places for local people. With her enthusiasm and expertise, we are sure that Laura will make a great contribution to achieving our ambition to bring new life to London’s historic buildings, supporting local regeneration and helping communities thrive.”
Laura Crossley, new Director of LHBT, said: “I am very pleased to be taking on this new role with the Trust. I am excited by the LHBT’s mission and I’m looking forward to working with the team to grow our operations further and secure funding so that we can deliver many more successful regeneration projects with real social benefits for London’s communities.”
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The London Historic Buildings Trust works with Historic England, local authorities and other partners and building owners to find innovative and sustainable ways to bring new life to London’s historic buildings, supporting local regeneration and helping communities thrive.
LHBT aims to ensure that its projects are informed by the needs of a local community and result in positive social change and sensitive regeneration, as well as training, learning, volunteering and employment opportunities. It also works to support local people in their aspirations to safeguard local buildings, offering professional guidance through training and consultancy services.
The London Historic Buildings Trust was set up in 1992 as the Heritage of London Trust Operations Ltd (HOLTOP) and was rebranded in 2019. The Trust will be celebrating its 30th anniversary as the only London-wide building preservation trust in December 2022.