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The Institute of Historic Building Conservation

The mark of the conservation Professional

  • Rural panel
  • Technical panel
  • Law & Practise
  • Government liason
Tab 1
Carole Ryan
Rural Panel

The IHBC Rural Panel need to closely monitor all key DEFRA policies, delivered by Natural England, in order to assess the benefit for the conservation of the historic environment, and in particular historic buildings, in rural areas. YOUR INPUT INTO THIS IS VERY MUCH WELCOMED. The policies include all the Environmental Stewardship (ES) schemes, including Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) and Higher Level Stewardship (HLS), including organic farming (OELS etc). HLS is actively targeted to the restoration of historic buildings. These funds in turn are ‘targeted’ and methodologies for doing this are under close scrutiny by Natural England. In addition the methodology for working farmers to make an application appear challenging.

There are a great many changes afoot in our rural areas, and although farming has known many changes in the last 1000 years the countryside as we know it is certainly under stress. IHBC members are invited to contact me if
a) they have any case histories on the operation of the grant schemes which indicate their success or otherwise
b) if they have a burning desire to be part of an E mail operated Rural Panel that can operate on a nationwide basis to assist in monitoring the situation as regards the conservation of the rural historic environment and historic buildings in particular.

Contact E mails are:

Carole Ryan
IHBC Rural policy representative
Tab 2
Technical Panel Co-ordinator
Janice Gooch
IHBC Technical Panel

The technical panel consists of IHBC members with an interest in technical matters relating to the conservation of historic buildings. These interests cover both traditional materials and techniques and new technologies.

Most panel members have a specialist technical background or a strong interest in technical matters. The panel communicates via e-mail and meets four times a year in different locations.

If you think you could contribute to the technical panel we would be happy to hear from you. Please contact Julian Bagg at for more information.
The role of the Technical Panel

  1. To serve the needs of the membership of the IHBC and to complement the role of national amenity bodies
  2. To help promote good technical understanding of building conservation by identifying the need for education training advice notes and publications and by acting to meet those needs
  3. To be consulted on draft technical literature produced by others and to review recently published technical literature
  4. To be consulted on proposed changes to building regulations and other legislation
  5. To consider and assess new products or techniques in the field of building conservation
  6. To be aware of existing sources of information and to direct enquiries from the membership to the relevant expert, organisation or publication
  7. To liaise on such matters with organisations involved in building conservation
  8. To liaise with the Editorial Board on the production of publications

Tab 3
Law and Practice Panel

Fiona Deaton

Chair - Lone Le Vay
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Government Liason Secretary

Bob Kindred
Bob Kindred MBE BA IHBC MRTPI is the former Head of Conservation & Urban Design, Ipswich Borough Council and is now in private practice. He has been involved in public and private sector heritage management for over 30 years. He was Editor of `Context' for 9 years until 1999 when he was also awarded the MBE for services to IHBC. He is the Institute’s Government Liaison Secretary and represents IHBC on the UK Association of Preservation Trusts and the Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies. He is Standing Special Advisor on Heritage to the House of Commons Culture Media & Sport Select Committee and has also served on numerous Government and English Heritage Commissions and Inquiries.