Greetings from Anne,
After our big move to Bandana Square, we have another announcement to share! In addition to leading the 106 Group as CEO and Services Director, I’ve been elected to serve as vice president to the International Committee on Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites (ICIP) for the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
This position represents a lifelong commitment to cultural heritage. My starting point for reflection as a global citizen began in inner-city London. As a child, my parents instilled in me a love of history and openness to diverse cultures. Over 60 first languages were spoken at my school. Whatever we read in the newspaper or heard on the BBC about wars and displaced peoples, I saw and experienced firsthand the consequences of those conflicts. Here, diversity wasn’t a vague intellectual concept.
Over the past 30 years, much of my career has been dedicated to applied preservation and cultural planning. Increasing public access to and understanding of the world’s cultural resources is at the heart of this work; culture and heritage should be at the forefront of planning decisions in the real world, not locked away in academic institutions. I believe that the valuable lessons we learn from cultural heritage must not only be available to a few privileged individuals, but accessible to all.
It’s an honor to serve ICIP and ICOMOS as they promote recognition and respect of cultural resources. I’m hopeful that my experiences will help world heritage sites find ways to be relevant in an ever-changing world.