Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, announces that HLF will be encouraging their grantees to become part of Fit for the Future. The announcement was made today during a keynote speech at our annual membership event, the Network Harvest. The Heritage Lottery Fund will be working closely with us to help the people and projects they support take action on climate change and ensure a sustainable future for our heritage. “we are only trustees for those that come after us.” Ros Kerslake said: “As the largest funder of heritage projects in the UK, the Heritage Lottery Fund has always been acutely aware of its responsibility. We aim to show leadership and to encourage all involved to act as good custodians so that we can pass on our heritage for future generations to enjoy.” “However, we recognise that some organisations will need support to fully embrace the principles and practice of environmental sustainability and so we are delighted to announce today that we are building a closer relationship with Fit for the Future, this fantastic network of organisations dedicated to helping people and projects to ‘go green’.” “We absolutely support the Fit for the Future principle that, more often than not, the solution is already out there when it comes to making buildings, land and whole organisations more sustainable. We will therefore be encouraging grantees, new and old, to become part of the network so that they can learn from others and in time share their own stories so that together we continue to develop good practice in this field.” HLF were one of the first major funders to focus attention on the issue of environmental sustainability, introducing their first environmental impact policy in 2008. They are the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK and advocate for the value of heritage. Since 1994, they have awarded £7.7billion to over 42,000 projects. HLF funded projects are already doing great things in terms of environmental sustainability, but by pooling knowledge and resources we can achieve much more for the future of our heritage and our environment. Our latest impact report reveals how sustainability is making a real different to...Read More
I attended COP23 in Bonn, Germany as a representative of the International National Trust organisation (INTO) and the National Trust in Wales. But I also attended as a concerned father. What was on my mind? How can we save future generations from picking up our bill for mismanaging the planet, and how can we better share with, and learn from, others?Read More
The RNLI – a charity with a mission to save lives at sea – have 238 lifeboat stations around the country, and a 24 hour on-call rescue service. Many of these lifeboat stations pose challenges: they are aging buildings, and contribute to a third of the charity’s total energy costs.
Money lost through wasted energy is money that could have been spent on saving more lives at sea, so the RNLI are keen to make them as efficient as possible.
Victoria Limbrick and Robert Jeans, RNLI’s Energy Manager and Estates Engineer respectively, are on a mission to ensure that these 238 stations are fit for purpose and cost effective.Read More
Ros Kerslake and Sir Ed Davey announced as keynote speakers for this year’s Network Harvest – plus the latest agenda….Read More
Ros Kerslake OBE, Chief Executive, Heritage Lottery Fund Ros Kerslake joined the Heritage Lottery Fund as Chief Executive in July 2016, from The Prince’s Regeneration Trust where she was also CEO. Ros trained as a solicitor and started her career in legal roles before taking on wider leadership positions in the private sector, including for Gulf Oil and Booker Group. As Property Director of Railtrack, she developed an interest in the issues around place and urban regeneration which have characterised her roles since. Ros went on to lead RegenCo – an urban regeneration company in the West Midlands – where she was the first CEO. Among her achievements at The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, Ros led the team that saved one of the last working Victorian potteries in the UK, Middleport Pottery, bringing new life and business to the restored site. Ros is a non-executive director of U and I group, a regeneration based property developer, and a member of the Community, Voluntary & Local Services Honours Advisory Committee. Ros was awarded an OBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for services to British heritage. Sir Ed Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Chair, Fit for the Future Network, and former Energy Secretary The Rt Hon Sir Ed Davey was the Liberal Democrat Kingston and Surbiton MP between 1997 and 2015, and served in the UK Coalition Government, first as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs, and then in the Cabinet, as the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (2012-2015). He was knighted in the New Year’s Honours of 2016 for his work in politics and on energy and climate change. As Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed led the UK’s low carbon transition, reforming electricity markets, trebling renewable power, brokering a deal for the EU 2030 climate targets ahead of the recent UN Climate Summit in Paris and launching policies to boost competition in UK energy markets. From 2012 to 2015, Ed served on the EU Councils for Energy and Environment. In 2013, Ed established the Green Growth Group of EU Council Ministers from Member States backing action on climate change, which has been credited as central to the negotiations...Read More