Appointment of New Director

9 March 2017

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a successor to the late Martyn Heighton as Director, National Historic Ships-UK

Following interviews early this week, Hannah Cunliffe will take on the role from 14 March 2017.  Hannah is currently NHS-UK’s Policy and Project Manager, a position she has held for the past eight years.  In this capacity she secured project funding and delivered The Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership (SHTP) as well as the WWI: Britain’s Surviving Historic Vessels project.  In addition, Hannah has been instrumental in bringing SHTP through a successful HLF bid for stage 2 funding.  She has also participated in a number of partnership projects and driven the publication of the guidance manual Conserving Historic Vessels which has become the leading authority in the sector both in the UK and internationally.  She developed, set-up and managed the ‘Shipshape Network’, website, Skills Directory and 7 regional networks as well as providing regular advice to HLF, PRISM and other funding bodies.  Hannah has 18 years’ experience in maritime research and consultancy, having read History and Maritime History at Exeter and Greenwich universities. 

Hannah’s appointment is warmly welcomed by NHS-UK’s Council of Experts and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, all of whom were involved in the selection process.  I am sure we all wish Hannah the very best in her new role.

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