English Heritage director Edward Impey will take up his new role in October, and replaces Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley who resigned last year to pursue other interests. He was also receiving treatment for cancer.
Dr Impey, 51, is an Oxford graduate with degrees in history and archaeology and joined English Heritage in 2002. He has been its director of heritage protection and planning since 2011. The father-of-two is also a former curator of royal palaces and has penned two Tower of London history books.
Royal Armouries’ chairman Wes Paul said: “We are delighted by Edward’s appointment. He brings that rare combination of knowledge, expertise, leadership, established networks and a passion for the subject and he joins us at a very important time of change at the Armouries.”