The Yorkshire Dales is known around the world for its outstanding heritage - now, this special area, along with the wider region has a new champion.
Maddy Jago has been appointed as the new Director of English Heritage in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Maddy Jago: The new English Heritage Director for
Yorkshire and The Humber
English Heritage is the Government's lead body responsible for the historic environment. In her new role Ms Jago will be the Planning and Development director in charge of protecting the region's finest historical assets.
She takes up her new role with a thorough grounding in conservation of the built and natural environment. Ms Jago was previously the Director of Policy for the newly formed New Forest National Park Authority. The young Maddy Jago studied Agricultural and Environmental Science at Newcastle University, before spending more than 20 years in the voluntary and public sectors involved in conservation and land management.
It is a return to the region for Ms Jago, who in her early career travelled around Yorkshire to give farm conservation advice. Commenting on her appointment, she said: "It's wonderful to be back in the region where I first got inspired by the historic environment. The quality of our heritage is exceptional and people really appreciate the valuable contribution it makes economically and socially to the region".
The appointment comes at a significant time for English Heritage in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The organisation has recently published the fourth annual survey on the state of England's historic environment.
Welcoming Maddy's appointment, Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, said: "the survey once again recognised the regions' outstanding heritage. Maddy's considerable wealth of relevant experience and achievement will be a huge asset to the organisation. I wish her well in her post".