WilkinsonEyre director Paul Baker appointed as a commissioner for Historic England

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has appointed five new commissioners to Historic England. Paul Baker, director, WilkinsonEyre is delighted to take up one of the positions. He is joined by Nicholas Boys Smith, Neil Mendoza, Rosemarie MacQueen and Charles O'Brien.

Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England said: "Our new Commissioners are all well placed to help us roll out our strategy as we start 2016 under our new brand name. This includes championing England's remarkable historic environment as a unique national asset and advocating constructive conservation as a sustainable means of protecting historic structures.

Paul Baker biography

Paul is a director at WilkinsonEyre. His passion for creating spaces that intrigue and delight on both an intellectual and emotional level has led to his continued work with key visitor attractions and cultural institutions around the world. His award winning portfolio includes the Alpine House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a series of projects for the Science Museum in London and the extensive redevelopment of the Wellcome Trust’s Collection building.

At the core of his approach is an interest in how architecture can be integrated into its context across the disciplines of structure and services, planning and environment and landscape architecture – and in particular, exploring how this holistic approach can contribute to long-term sustainability and regeneration.