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Vice-Chancellor joins Liverpool World Heritage Board

Professor Pillay Monday 16 October 2017

Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice-Chancellor & Rector of Liverpool Hope University, has joined a taskforce seeking to protect Liverpool’s World Heritage status.

Established by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, Liverpool World Heritage Board aims to work with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to “reset” relations with Unesco.

The move follows a recent warning from Unesco that the city may be removed from the list of world heritage sites, if regeneration plans are not reviewed. 

Joining Professor Pillay on the board are Chief Executive of Blackburn House Group Claire Dove, Emeritus Professor at University of Liverpool Professor John Belchem; and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Civic Engagement of the University of Liverpool Professor Michael Parkinson.

The team is led by Sir David Henshaw, who was Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council when the city received World Heritage status in 2004, and former Chair of English Heritage Sir Neil Cossons.

Professor Pillay said: “Liverpool’s strong identity is reflected in its beautiful buildings and waterfront, and it’s important we strive to protect the city’s unique character.

“Looking to the future will ensure we meet the social and economic needs of our community, but we must not overlook our heritage.”

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