Heritage Lottery Fund appoints new head to its North East region

Funding applications for historic landscapes in the North East will now be under the care of Ivor Crowther -- the new head of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) North East.

The role, which involves managing, leading and supporting the operational team that deals with grant applications, is one of the most influential heritage posts in the region.

Ivor Crowther will represent the Heritage Lottery Fund North East, including working with government, funding partners and other key stakeholders.

"The North East's heritage is one of our greatest assets. It is a focus for the renewal of community pride in areas hard hit by industrial decline, and it provides a springboard for economic revival," said Ivor Crowther.

"In urban areas around the rivers Tyne, Wear and Tees, and in the countryside beyond, Lottery money is helping to give important heritage sites and many tracts of open landscape a new lease of life."

He has a degree in horticulture after studying at Houghall College and Durham University. Crowther is a Green Flag national judge.

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