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Kate Pugh OBE

Non-Executive Director, UK National Commission for UNESCO Board of Directors.

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Kate Pugh is a heritage and cultural specialist with extensive experience in national and international heritage.

Kate is Chairman of the Advisory Group of the UK Cultural Protection Fund, managed by British Council in partnership with DCMS. The Cultural Protection Fund is the UK’s fund to support efforts to protect cultural heritage at risk.

From 2003 to 2016 Mrs Pugh served as the Chief Executive of The Heritage Alliance and later wrote its first International Report championing the role of heritage NGOs in international relations. She also co-authored UKNC’s 2019 publication Cultural Heritage Innovation: opportunities for Sustainable Development.

She is a trustee and the honorary secretary of Europa Nostra UK and of The Afghanistan Society. Mrs Pugh was awarded an OBE for services to heritage in the 2015 New Year Honours. She was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2019.

#Institution

Chairman
Advisory Group, Cultural Protection Fund

From 2017

#Alma-Matter

University of Oxford, BA.

#Role at UNESCO

Culture Portfolio Director, UK National Commission for UNESCO Board of Directors

SINCE 2021

QUOTE

“I am looking forward to teaming up with my fellow Directors at the National Commission to strengthen the UK’s commitment to UNESCO and to support the mutual benefits each brings to the other, particularly through the World Heritage dimension.”

Kate Pugh

Liaising with the UK’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO and approved by HM government, our Non-Executive Directors help steer the direction of the UK National Commission for UNESCO, and are each responsible for overseeing a particular field of UNESCO’s work in the UK.

ROLE AT UNESCO

Kate Pugh is a Non-Executive Director at the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s Board of Directors and jointly oversees the Culture Portfolio.

Institutions

UK National Commission for UNESCO
Board Member, and Culture Director.

FROM 2021

Trustee and Honorary Secretary
Europa Nostra UK

FROM 2019

Chairman
Advisory Group, Cultural Property Protection

FROM 2017

Chief Executive
The Heritage Alliance

FROM 2003-2016

General Manager
ICOMOS UK

FROM 1995 – 2003

Role at UNESCO

Non-Executive Director at the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s Board of Directors, Culture and Heritage Specialist

SINCE 2021

COMMISSION

The UK National Commission for UNESCO

ESTABLISHED 1946 – LONDON, ENGLAND

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is the United Nations body responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. The UKNC is a hub for all UNESCO-related matters in the UK, and the Board of Directors take part in formulating and regularly reviewing the strategic aims of the commission.

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QUOTE

“Working with the UK’s wonderfully wide range of UNESCO designations, celebrating their uniqueness and showing how arts and culture can contribute through the Sustainable Development Goals to a more sustainable, peaceful and equitable future at local, national and international levels is for me both a privilege and an exciting challenge”

Kate Pugh

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