Carol Pyrah is an experienced heritage professional with a background in both charities and the public sector.
Since 2019 she has been the Executive Director of Historic Coventry Trust, an entrepreneurial heritage development trust finding innovative ways to sustain historic places and to inspire, involve and connect people with the city’s history. Carol is Chief Executive designate of Urban Green Newcastle, an independent charity responsible for the management and upkeep of the city’s 33 parks and 61 allotment sites.
An archaeologist by training, Carol joined Historic Coventry Trust after a senior career at English Heritage and Historic England where she was Assistant Director of Planning and a member of the Executive Team. She has a track record in place-based regeneration projects and is passionate about the role of local places to foster civic pride and community cohesion. Carol has been a Commissioner of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and a Trustee for the Churches Conservation Trust.
Carol Pyrah will chair the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s North regional committee.
This role is remunerated at £13,500 per annum. This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Carol Pyrah declared no political activity.