– Posted on Friday 14th May 2021

Manx National Heritage (MNH) is delighted to announce the appointment of Connie Lovel to the position of Executive Director. It follows the retirement of Edmund Southworth after 12 years in the post.

Connie, who will be relocating to the Isle of Man in early August to take up the position, has a wealth of experience in the heritage and tourism sectors and joins MNH directly from the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) after almost seven years. The NTS is the largest member organisation in Scotland, and like MNH for the Isle of Man, is responsible for the care and promotion of the nation’s natural, built and cultural heritage.

Since joining the organisation seven years ago, Connie has contributed widely to the ongoing successful development of the NTS with responsibility for both strategic and operational delivery. Connie’s career with NTS has seen her lead the delivery of transformational projects across regions, as well as head up the Trust’s specialist technical services across its national portfolio of properties and assets including collections management, archaeology, building conservation services, planning, education and health and safety.

More recently, Connie has led the Commercial Enterprises and Estates area of NTS’ work covering enterprise strategy, development and delivery incorporating land and asset management, as well as all commercial activities such as travel trade, holiday accommodation, hospitality and retail.
Immediately prior to joining the NTS, Connie was Chief Executive of Mount Stuart Trust on the Isle of Bute, with responsibility for a rural Estate comprising 11,000 hectares. These include residential, commercial and holiday let portfolios and the Grade A listed Mount Stuart House and gardens.

Whilst on the Isle of Bute, Connie was Chairperson of Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative, the strategic Destination Management organisation for the west coast of Scotland.

Previously, Connie held the position of Managing Director of the Falkland Islands Tourist Board, developing the Island’s wildlife and natural heritage tourism sector for an in-bound international and domestic market.

The Trustees and MNH team look forward to welcoming Connie to the Isle of Man and working with and supporting her in her new role as Executive Director of Manx National Heritage.

The Trustees would also like to take this opportunity to record their thanks to Edmund for the significant contribution he has made to the organisation during his 12 year tenure and wish him well in his forthcoming retirement.



Manx National Heritage Statement of Purpose

Manx National Heritage exists to take the lead in protecting, conserving, making accessible and celebrating the Island’s natural and cultural heritage for current and future generations whilst contributing to the Island’s prosperity and quality of life.

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