PM appoints Lincoln professor on Heritage Lottery Fund board

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Lincoln historian David Stocker has been appointed as a new trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) by the Prime Minister.

David is an archaeologist and architectural historian who is an honorary visiting professor at the University of Leeds. He also sits on HLF’s East Midlands Committee.

He will be a part of a 14-strong board that runs HLF. He will be responsible for steering the policy and direction of the funds, and take decisions on grant applications.

Until this date, HLF has awarded £7.8 billion to 48,000 heritage projects across the UK. Its grant budget for 2018-19 is £190 million.

HLF has also invested £42.4 million in 85 heritage projects in Lincoln.

Professor David Stocker said: “I’m delighted to be given this opportunity to participate in directing the activity of the HLF, and I’m looking forward to the next six years hugely.

“HLF is not just about helping to conserve buildings and places, but we do so in collaboration with people, and during my term of appointment I’ll be aiming to ensure that projects we support across the nation bring significant benefits to the communities in which they are set.”

David is also a trustee of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology; trustee and President of the Lincoln Record Society; and Council for British Archaeology (CBA) nominee to the Council of the National Trust.

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision of appointing David as the new trustee.

He said: “As HLF moves into a new phase, I welcome David who will bring significant value and expertise to the current Board.”