HTF appoints new Director

HTF Media Release - 26 October 2010

Dr Noël James will take over the role of Director at the Historic Towns Forum (HTF) on 1 November. Noël comes from a research background, and joins HTF with several years’ experience in the heritage sector. She has a particular personal interest in the built environment and is keen to promote partnership working across all areas of historic towns. “It is an important and interesting time to be working with the Forum, more so now that issues such as climate change, sustainability and transport, which so greatly affect historic towns, have come to the fore. I am eager to build on the impressive foundations that the current Director has left, and I wish Chris well and extend my thanks to her for all her hard work over the years.”

Outgoing Director, Chris Winter, said that she was sad to be leaving in many ways as the Forum and its Members and Partners had become a large part of her life. “It is time to move on” she added, “for me, and for the Forum. I wish Noël well and will watch with great interest as the Forum continues to grow and thrive.” 

The recent Annual Conference, ‘Climate change: mitigation and adaptation in historic towns’ held in Oxford, showed that there is an appetite to address the aforementioned issues in the year ahead, as well as to focus on community engagement and tourism.

One of the Forum’s immediate aims is to highlight the value of historic towns as places to work, live and visit, and as drivers in promoting the economic upturn through regeneration and tourism. The Forum would very much like to hear from new partners, sponsors and members who would like to become involved with their work.

26 October 2010


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Information about the Historic Towns Forum, its Membership, good practice guidance publications and activities can be obtained from

Contact the office on 0117 975 0459 or Dr Noël James, HTF Director –

View the HTF Annual Conference, ‘Climate change: mitigation and adaptation in historic towns’ speakers' presentations.  The conference report will be available soon.

TheHistoric Towns Forum (HTF) has been supporting professionals working in the historic built environment since 1987.  The Forum’s events and publications focus on perennial and topical issues, drawing together practitioners across the disciplines and sectors.  This collective then offers a strong platform from which to lobby policy makers on behalf of historic towns and cities.  

HTF, through its Membership and Partnership schemes, offers everyone with an interest in the historic towns and cities of UK and Ireland an opportunity to exchange and develop ideas, and facilitates exchange with European colleagues.