CWGC names heritage chief as its new Director General
13 May 2014
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has confirmed that
Leeds Castle Foundation and Enterprises Chief Executive, Victoria
Wallace, will be its new Director General from 20 October
Victoria will take over from Alan Pateman-Jones who is standing
down on 13 June after four years in the role. In the interim,
CWGC's Director of Technical Works, Brian Davidson, will step
in as Acting Director General until mid-October.
Since Victoria became Chief Executive at Leeds Castle Foundation
and Enterprises in 2004, she has nearly doubled visitor numbers,
enhanced the visitor experience, and expanded alternative revenue
streams and opportunities. She has also led the
organisation through a major stonework restoration programme.
Prior to that, Victoria was Justices' Chief Executive at
Sussex Magistrates' Courts from 2000-2004 and has held various
posts within the Foreign and Commonwealth Diplomatic Service in
Tanzania, Thailand, and Belgium.
CWGC Vice-Chairman, Sir Joe French KCB CBE, confirmed that
Victoria had all the right credentials, experience and qualities to
steer the Commission through the Centenary period and beyond.
"The Commission will be commemorating its own Centenary in 2017 and
is inevitably considering its role over the next 100 years in
relation to commemoration and engagement with future
generations. We have every confidence that Victoria will
steer us in clearly setting out that agenda and ensuring that we
embrace emerging opportunities at a pivotal time in the
"We are grateful for Alan's valuable contribution over the last
four years in shaping the future of the Commission and for leaving
a sound legacy. Under his dynamic and inspirational
stewardship, the Commission has gone through major transformation
and is well placed to ensure that it continues to be fit for
purpose into the future. "
Commenting on her appointment, Victoria Wallace, said: "I
am honoured and delighted to be joining the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission at this important time of commemoration, and to be able
to lead it into the future. It is a wonderful institution,
with a great team, which has carried out its valuable task with
meticulous efficiency for nearly 100 years. I believe it now
also has huge potential to engage new generations in the
understanding of conflict, and in ensuring that the contributions
of the fallen servicemen and women, commemorated all round the
world, will be remembered forever."
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