England, North: Committee minutes March 2021

Minutes of the Committee for England, North on 18 March 2021 at 10am via Microsoft Teams.

Members

  • Tiffany Hunt (Chair)
  • David Stocker (Trustee)
  • John Williams
  • Humphrey Welfare
  • Susan Mendus
  • Jim Cokill
  • Niall Hammond
  • Ron Cooke
  • Stephen Welsh
  • Catherine Mugonyi (observing)

Committee Business

Welcomes and apologies

The Chair welcomed the Committee Members and staff to the meeting of the Committee for the North. The Chair also welcomed Catherine Mugonyi and congratulated her on her appointment as a Committee Member from 1 April 2021. Catherine would observe the meeting.

The Committee Members introduced themselves.

The Chair ran through timings of the meeting.

Chair’s Report

The Chair gave an update on recent activities. The Committee noted their welcome to Simon Thurley, appointed as Chair of The Heritage Fund from 1 April 2021.The Committee expressed their thanks to René Olivieri for his work as a Board Member and as Interim Chair.

Minutes from the last meeting held on 10 December 2020 and matter arising

The Committee agreed the minutes. The minutes were signed by the Chair. 

Corporate Update

Eilish McGuinness, Executive Director Business Delivery, presented the corporate update and key points from the paper. 

 

Area Overview Report

David Renwick, Area Director for the North, presented an overview and drew out highlights. 

The Committee approved the three Grant Intervention Rate Requests noted in the paper.

Bridlington Quay Townscape Heritage

Applicant: East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Decision: The Committee for England, North approved the change in grant intervention rate from 32% to 50.46%.

Church Street Conservation Area Revival

Applicant: Hartlepool Borough Council

Decision: The Committee for England, North approved the change in grant intervention rate from 41% to 44%.

Haigh Woodland Park 

Applicant: Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust

Decision: The Committee for England, North approved the change in grant intervention rate from 74.9% to 65.4% and introduction of Woodland Park Hall to the project.

 

David expressed his thanks to the team for their work in delivering the Grant-in-Aid funding. The Committee also expressed their thanks to all staff for encompassing a huge volume of work.

The Chair thanked David for his leadership role in the North.

 

Area Budget Overview

Ivor Crowther, Head of Investment, presented the budget position for the North and the key points from the paper.

Declarations of Interest

Niall Hammond declared a conflict of interest with Item 13: Redhills Revealed: A New Life for the Pitman's Parliament and would leave the room for that item.

Niall also declared a conflict of interest with Item 4 due to his role as Chair of Friends of Stockton and Darlington Railway who received CRF Funding as outlined in the paper.

Catherine Mugonyi declared a conflict of interest with Item 12 Reimagining the Harris-#HarrisYourPlace. Capital development of the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library. She would leave the room for the discussion.

David Stocker declared a potential conflict of interest with regards to Item 9, Belsay Awakes. He would not be asked to leave the room for the discussion. 

Funding Priorities for 2021-22 and National Lottery Grants for Heritage 2021-22

Araba Webber, Head of Strategy and David Renwick, Area Director, presented an overview of some of the changes that were being introduced to the priorities and outcomes of the National Lottery Grants for Heritage 2021 -22 programme to help the heritage sector’s recovery both socially and economically post COVID-19.

 

Grant Increase applications for discussion and decision

The Head of Investment set the background and context for grant increases over the past year.

Belsay Awakes

Applicant: English Heritage

The Committee for England, North awarded a grant increase of £1,500,000 to make a total grant of £3,385,100 (41% of total project costs).

Room to Grow - 21st Century Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Applicant: Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

The Committee for England, North awarded a grant increase of £425,000 to make a total grant of £1,225,000 (50% of total project costs).

 

Delivery Round applications for discussion and decision

Hull's National Picture Theatre: The North's Last Blitz Damaged Building

Grantee: National Civilian WW2 Memorial Trust

The Committee for England, North agreed the application represented a high priority for support and awarded a grant of £277,600 (59%)

Reimagining the Harris-#HarrisYourPlace. Capital development of the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

Catherine Mugonyi left the meeting for this item.

Grantee: Preston City Council

The Committee for England, North agreed the application represented a high priority for support and awarded a grant of £4,521,500 (45%).

Redhills Revealed: A New Life for the Pitman's Parliament

Niall Hammond left the meeting for this item.

Grantee: Durham Miners Association

The Committee for England, North agreed the application represented a high priority for support and awarded a grant of £4,497,800 (62%).

 

ROSS Framework Presentation and Case Study

Leo Seymour presented a summary of the work carried out by the ROSS consultants and how the ROSS framework was adapted to meet the needs of grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laura Ward presented a case study of ROSS Consultancy being used in the North.

 

Any other business

None

The next meeting will be held on 17 June 2021.

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