Heather Emery, former head of design and built environment at the North West Development Agency, has been appointed heritage skills ambassador to run a new Heritage Skills Hub in the North West.
Emery will take up the post next week and is tasked with ensuring "better access to capacity building and best practice to the historic environment of the North West."
She commented: "I am delighted to take up this prestigious position and I look forward to ensuring the heritage and historic environment agenda is placed high up the agenda in the North West and beyond."
The Heritage Skills Hub is being funded by English Heritage and Construction Skills and run by the Centre for Construction Innovation at Salford University.
The hub will undertake a mapping exercise and audit of the heritage skills training provision and capacity available in the North West. It will also provide seminars and workshops to promote life-long learning in heritage, drive the demand for heritage skills across the region and work to coordinate the establishment of a heritage training infrastructure for the North West.