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Appointment of new Chair to the Historic Buildings Council

Stormont Executive press release - Department of the Environment

Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, today announced the appointment of Marcus Patton as Chair to the Historic Buildings Council (HBC).

The appointment which is for a three-year term is effective from 13 September 2013.

The Historic Buildings Council, a statutory advisory council to the Department of the Environment, plays an important role in advising the department on matters relating to the preservation of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. This includes the listing of buildings; the designation of conservation areas; and the general state of preservation of listed buildings.

Welcoming the appointment, Minister Durkan said: “Our built heritage is not only an important part of our lives and communities but is a major element in economic growth, tourist numbers and spend. The Historic Buildings Council can help inform government how to best maintain built heritage for future generations and positively develop our assets to realise their full and true potential."

Notes to editors:

1. The Historic Buildings Council, a statutory advisory council to the Department of the Environment, was first established in 1973 under the provisions of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1972. Its current authority is derived from the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991.
2. The appointment is effective from 13 September 2013 to 12 September 2016. The Chairperson’s post does not attract a salary, but reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be met.
3. This appointment was made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland’s Code of Practice for Ministerial Public Appointments.
4. All public appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires political activity of appointees to be published.
5. Mr Marcus Patton lives in Belfast. He is currently Director of Hearth, a housing association and building preservation trust, having worked for the organisation since 1978. He is a practising architect, and has worked with historic buildings for some forty years. He has been a committee member of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society since 1979 and also sits as a member of the Association of Preservation Trusts and the RSUA Conservation Committee. As an artist he has made drawings and prints of many buildings here and abroad, and has written several books on Ulster architecture. He believes in historic buildings as a civilising force, and one that brings communities together.
6. Mr Patton has not carried out any political activity in the past five years. He is currently a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment for which he does not receive any remuneration.

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