Who We Are
World Heritage UK is the only organisation exclusively focused on World Heritage in the UK, and the only one that is led by the Sites themselves, reflecting a community-driven approach that has proven effective at many Sites and which is favoured by UNESCO.
Who We Are
The World Heritage UK (WH:UK) is the only organisation exclusively focused on World Heritage in the UK, and the only one led by the World Heritage Sites (WHS) themselves. Founded in 2015 as a development of the Local Authority World Heritage Forum, we have achieved a great deal since then, thanks in large part to the considerable efforts of our volunteers. This approach reflects a community-driven approach that has proven effective at many WHS and which is favoured by UNESCO.
World Heritage UK is a membership organisation, formally known as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). It has voting members who set the strategy for the organisation, and associate and individual members who don’t have a vote, but still play an important part in our community.
We are an independent organisation representing the 32 UK World Heritage Sites, the majority of which are represented in our membership.
We provide invaluable support for those engaged in the strategic and day to day management of UK World Heritage Sites.
We provide high-quality learning and professional development for people working for and with UK World Heritage Sites.
Meet the Team
PresidentChris Blandford was elected as the first president of World Heritage UK in 2017 . Since then he has worked tirelessly in the cause of the World Heritage Collection and was the author of the seminal report UK World Heritage -Asset for the Future published in 2019. Previously, Chris was the founder and managing director of CBA Studios the international planning, heritage and landscape consultancy.
Our Trustees meet at least 4 times a year. They are voted in by our members and all have experience of working in or for UK World Heritage sites.
For more information about the Trustees and how to get in touch with them, please contact the Secretary, Gillian Clarke firstname.lastname@example.org
- Max Bryant
- Gillian Clarke, Secretary
- Tony Crouch, Chair
- Don Gobbett
- David Holroyd
- Lesley Garlick
- Jane Gibson
- Steve Ratcliffe
- Sam Rose, Treasurer and Founder Chair
- Graham U’ren
- Prof Ian Wray, Vice Chair
Contact Chris regarding our events programme, Voting or Associate membership, and any other general queries regarding the work of World Heritage UK