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Peak District National Park chief appointed trustee to national heritage funds board

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Friday 21 February 2014

Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, has been appointed by the Prime Minister as a trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund/National Heritage Lottery Fund board.

Jim Dixon will be part of a 15-strong board which runs both funds. Its role is to steer the policy and direction of the two funds and take decisions on larger grant applications.

Dame Jenny Abramsky, who chairs the board, said: "We're delighted to be welcoming Jim onto the board. We continue to face tough times in the heritage sector and over the next few years we are anticipating continued high levels of demand for our funds, which means stiff competition and difficult decisions.

"Jim will bring a wealth of expertise on the natural heritage plus fresh insight, and will work alongside our existing Trustees to help meet these challenges."

Jim Dixon will fit in his new role alongside his duties as national park chief executive. He said: "I'm honoured to have been appointed to the national board of these funds which have touched the lives of many people and helped countless communities. I look forward to having a direct influence over future decisions on grants to protect landscapes, historic places and important works of art."

The National Heritage Memorial Fund, the nation's grant-in-aid fund of last resort for heritage, has a current annual budget of £4m – £5m. To date, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £5.9bn to 36,000 heritage projects across the UK. Its grant budget for 2013-14 is £375m.

Peak District National Park Authority chair Tony Favell said: "This is a great opportunity for Jim to play a national role in an organisation which is important to the future of the British countryside and heritage.

"Jim will take up this role later in 2014 allowing us plenty time to organise his work to allow him to play his new role to full effect."  

Jim Dixon, a biologist by training, has worked in conservation and policy for the RSPB, the former English Nature, and Defra. He was appointed chief executive of the Peak District National Park in 2003. He is lead officer for National Parks UK and a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas.

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) is the 'fund of last resort' and receives annual grant-in-aid from the Government. It was set up in 1980, to save the most outstanding parts of our national heritage, in memory of those who have given their lives for the UK. NHMF is due to receive £20m grant-in-aid from the Government between 2011 and 2015 allowing for an annual budget of £4m - £5m. www.nhmf.org.uk

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported more than 36,000 projects allocating £5.9bn across the UK. Website: www.hlf.org.uk

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