Chief Executive since 2015, and successor to Peter Brown, our Chief Executive is Dr David Fraser FSA. A geographer and archaeologist by training, David worked for English Heritage for over twenty years, as Inspector of Ancient Monuments, Conservation Team Leader, and latterly Regional Director for Yorkshire and the Humber from 1996 to 2005. His later career took him to the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber as Director of Environment and to the Landmark Trust as Head of the Historic Estate, before joining York Civic Trust in 2015.
On his appointment he said, “After a decade working away from York, I am delighted to be back. I will be working hard to make sure that York’s wonderful history is conserved and the future development of the city matches the quality of its illustrious past.” David described York as a city with 200,000 gardeners: all the small day-to-day actions of the people who live here help to make York the special place it is.