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Heritage charity announces appointment of new director

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Niall Murphy has been with the charity since 2016, and will now take on the role. 

Glasgow City Heritage Trust has announced the appointment of Niall Murphy as its new director.

Originally from Hong Kong, Niall studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and practised architecture in Edinburgh, Berlin and Hong Kong before settling in Glasgow. 

Having retrained as a conservation architect with conservation specialists Peter Drummond Architects, Niall joined the Trust as Grants Officer in 2016 and has been Deputy Director since mid 2017.

Niall is currently chair of Govanhill Baths Building Preservation Trust and has previously been the chair of Pollokshields Heritage, planning convener for Pollokshields Community Council and a member of the Glasgow Urban Design Panel. 

From 2016 to 2018 he was a member of the Development Management Working Group for the Scottish Government’s Planning Review.

Niall has won two Glasgow Doors Open Day Awards (in 2014 and 2017) on the strength of his walking tours, the Sir Robert Lorimer Award for his sketches (in 1996) and was nominated for the Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Award for Civic Champion in 2015. 

Niall regularly lectures on architecture, heritage and urban design issues and hosts the Trust’s “If Glasgow’s Walls could Talk” podcast.

In a statement, trustees said: “We are very fortunate to have Niall in this role and know he will be a sure foundation for progress at GCHT. Our congratulations to Niall!”

Niall Murphy, new Glasgow City Heritage Trust director, added: “To take on the role of the Director of Glasgow City Heritage Trust is an honour. Glasgow is my adopted home and I feel a deep affection for the city and its citizens. 

“My hope is that in some small way via this new role, I will leave Glasgow, and its superb built heritage, in a better condition than when I found it. I look forward to working with our talented team and Trustees to that end.”



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