Carol Pyrah

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Carol is an experienced heritage professional with a background in both charities and the public sector.

Since 2019, she has been the Executive Director of Historic Coventry Trust, which finds innovative ways to sustain historic places and to inspire, involve and connect people with the city’s history. Carol is Chief Executive designate of Urban Green Newcastle, an independent charity responsible for the management and upkeep of the city’s 33 parks and 61 allotment sites.

An archaeologist by training, Carol joined Historic Coventry Trust after a senior career at English Heritage and Historic England, where she was Assistant Director of Planning and a member of the Executive team. She has a track record in place-based regeneration projects and is passionate about the role of local places to foster civic pride and community cohesion.

Carol has been a Commissioner of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and a Trustee for the Churches Conservation Trust.

She has lived in the Yorkshire Dales for over 25 years.