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New Chairman of the Acceptance in Lieu Panel announced

  • Date: 21 March 2013
  • Area: National

Former President of the Historic Houses Association, Edward Harley, has been appointed new Chairman of the Acceptance in Lieu Panel.

The appointment follows the resignation of outgoing Chairman of the Panel, Tim Knox FSA, who leaves to take up a new post as Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Speaking of his appointment, Edward Harley said:

'It is a great honour to be appointed Chairman of the Acceptance in Lieu Panel.  My predecessor, Tim Knox, has made a lasting impact and has adeptly followed in the footsteps of the late Jonathan Scott.

'The work of the Panel continues to ensure works of art of the highest quality are added to public collections across the UK. The introduction of the Cultural Gifts Scheme will only enhance the potential of this work. I look forward to this role enormously.'

A wealth of experience

Edward Harley brings a wealth of heritage and financial experience to the Acceptance in Lieu Panel, which advises Government on offers in lieu of inheritance tax, claims to conditional exemption and the Cultural Gifts Scheme, which opened for applications earlier this month.

Edward has been Director (Charities) at Cazenove Capital Management for over a decade and recently retired from his post as President of the Historic Houses Association.

He is involved with several museum and heritage charities both nationally and in his home county of Herefordshire, where he is President of the Friends of the Herefordshire Record Office.

He has been a trustee of the Samuel Courtauld Trust since 2002 and member of the Tate Britain Council since 2011. He is also Vice-President of the National Churches Trust and a trustee of the Heritage Conservation Trust.

Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

'I warmly welcome Edward Harley to his new role. Edward has a rich body of experience to draw upon, having held previous posts at a range of culture and heritage organisations, making him expertly qualified to lead the Acceptance in Lieu Panel.

'The Acceptance in Lieu Scheme makes such a valued contribution to our nation's public collections and it is splendid to see the Chairmanship pass into such capable hands. We will look forward to working with him.'

Acceptance in Lieu Panel

The Acceptance in Lieu Panel advises ministers across the UK on whether objects offered in lieu of Inheritance Tax are of appropriate quality, in acceptable condition and fairly valued.  It also advises on where objects, once accepted, should find a permanent home.

The Panel Chair is appointed by Arts Council England following consultation with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Learn more about the work of the Acceptance in Lieu Panel