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UAH Announces Departure of Chief Executive and Recruitment to the Role.

Nicola (Nikki) McVeigh will leave the post of Chief Executive at Ulster Architectural Heritage, and recruitment to the role is now open.

Posted on: 9th September 2021

Chief Executive of Ulster Architectural Heritage, Nikki McVeigh will complete her role as of week commencing 13th September.

Speaking of Nikki’s departure from UAH, Chairman David Johnston said: ‘We are sorry to see Nikki go but we wish her every success in her new position with the National Trust. The last seven years have been a time of transition and growth for Ulster Architectural Heritage and this is in no small part due to the drive and enthusiasm which Nikki brought to her position.’

Reflecting on the role, outgoing Chief Executive said: ‘Looking back over 7 years of working with Ulster Architectural Heritage, I have enjoyed the role of Chief Executive – seeing the organisation rise to challenges, and embrace ambition, by taking on new opportunities, bolstered by taking the organisation through a process of renewal. UAH is a respected, long-standing and important organisation, with over 50 years history, and today it continues to grow and broaden its reach as the independent voice for built heritage in Northern Ireland, and across the 9 counties of Ulster.

From the early days of challenging the delisting of buildings in Belfast, including Kelly’s Cellars to campaigning for the restoration of Bank Buildings and many other buildings in Northern Ireland, it has been both a challenging and rewarding position. Some memorable moments include taking the lead on the introduction of Heritage Angel Awards to Northern Ireland, Heritage In Song, the renewal of the Heritage At Risk project, and introduction of the new Hands-On Heritage initiative. Who could forget Bake A Building at St George’s Market in 2018?!

A great deal has been achieved – but a lot remains to be done to promote the historic environment, its protection, conservation and regeneration in Northern Ireland and across the 9 counties of Ulster.

I would like to thank the committee, staff, funders and importantly the members of the organisation for their support. Going forward I would like to wish Ulster Architectural Heritage, and my successor, in due course, all the best for sustained growth and success into the future.  I am immensely proud of all that has been achieved by Ulster Architectural Heritage, and have been honoured to lead the organisation over the last 7 years.’

Ulster Architectural Heritage is currently recruiting to the role of Chief Executive. Full details of the advertisement, job description and application can be found here. Closes Tuesday 28th September at 5pm.

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