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The Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) programme is now fully underway following the appointment of its new Programme Manager.
Louisa Hrabowy, whose expertise includes delivering international development projects, has been appointed to finalise the HAZ’s Delivery Plan, co-ordinate its 5-year programme, and raise awareness of the role heritage plays in supporting regeneration. Her remit also extends to partnership working with a wide range of stakeholders to deliver projects aimed at engaging the local community with Ramsgate’s rich heritage and maritime history.
Ramsgate was named as a Heritage Action Zone by Historic England in November 2016, following a successful bid from Thanet District Council and Ramsgate Coastal Community Team (RCCT). As one of only ten places in the UK to hold the HAZ status, the town is receiving dedicated funding from Historic England to promote community and visitor understanding of Ramsgate’s rich historic environment.
Louisa will split her time working across both the Ramsgate Town Council and Thanet District Council offices, ensuring a collaborative approach remains at the HAZ project's core.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Enterprise Services in 2017, Cllr Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing, said:
"We’re delighted that Louisa has joined the Heritage Action Zone team! Louisa has a wealth of skills and project management experience that will enable her to build links across the community and co-ordinate the ambitious programme of projects. We’re confident that, under her leadership, we will raise awareness of Ramsgate’s unique heritage and its role in economic growth and regeneration.
Martin Small, Principal Historic Environment Planner, Historic England, said:
“Historic England is delighted to be fully funding the Programme Manager Post and we are excited that Louisa has joined the Ramsgate HAZ Programme Partnership. This is a fantastic opportunity to now engage more widely with the community to increase awareness and appreciation of the rich heritage of Ramsgate together with partners from Thanet District Council, The Coastal Communities Team, Ramsgate Town Council and the Ramsgate Society. We wish Louisa all the best in her new post and look forward to working with her to capitalise on Ramsgate’s outstanding heritage and to help strengthen the local economy.
Louisa’s career background spans twelve years working on international development projects with the Department for International Development, which led her to postings in Brussels, Poland and South Africa. She has also worked with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the UK Cultural Protection Fund and the Great Exhibition of the North.
Louisa also holds a Masters (Distinction) in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy from Goldsmiths University.