Public appointment: Members reappointed to Historic Environment Scotland Board

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The Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development today announced the reappointment of Terry Levinthal, Andrew Davis and Emma Herd as Members of the Historic Environment Scotland Board.


Terry Levinthal is currently the Director of the Cockburn Association in Edinburgh, one of the oldest conservation organisations in the UK. He has held senior roles in heritage organisations in Scotland, including the National Trust for Scotland as Director of Conservation Services and Projects; Scottish Civic Trust (Director) and as a Member of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority, where he chaired its Planning Committee.  He is also Chair of Railway Paths Ltd, a charity that owns and manages former railway land to provide paths suitable for cycling, walking, horse riding and wheel-chair use. He brings expertise in complex multi-site, multi-disciplinary environments.

Andrew Davis is a Chartered Management Accountant, an experienced management consultant who has worked across multiple public and private sector organisations for firms such as PwC and McKinsey. He is currently Director of Strategy and Chief of Staff at TSB, having previously worked at Bank of Scotland and Scottish Widows. He brings to the role a passion for Scotland’s history and environment, in addition to commercial expertise and both executive and non-executive experience on boards, audit, risk and finance committees.

Emma Herd is a Chartered Accountant and serves as the Director of Commercial and Client Operations at ABRDN. She leads a team of 170 people and has worked in financial services for 24 years. Emma brings significant finance, risk and people management experience to HES and will serve as Chair of the People Committee, having previously chaired the Finance Committee. Emma studied Archaeology and History at Durham university.


The reappointments will be for four years and will run from 6 April 2024 until 5 April 2028.

The reappointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The reappointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £228 per day for a time commitment of 24 days per year.

Other ministerial appointments

Terry Levinthal, Andrew Davis and Emma Herd do not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.  

Terry Levinthal, Andrew Davis and Emma Herd have had no political activity within the last five years.


Historic Environment Scotland is a non-departmental public body with charitable status. They are governed by a Board of Trustees, who were appointed by Scottish Ministers. Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for more than 300 properties of national importance. Buildings and monuments in their care include Edinburgh Castle, Skara Brae, Fort George and numerous smaller sites, which together draw more than 5 million visitors per year.

Historic Environment Scotland are also responsible for internationally significant collections including more than 5 million drawings, photographs, negatives and manuscripts, along with 20 million aerial images of locations across the world. They invest about £14 million a year in national and local organisations, supporting building repairs, ancient monuments, archaeological work, the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and the voluntary sector.

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