Speakers Biographies

Eric Parry - Eric Parry Architects

Eric Parry studied architecture at the University of Newcastle, the Royal College of Art and the Architectural Association. He spent a year studying nomadic settlement in Iran. Eric Parry Architects was established in 1983, the year he was appointed as a lecturer in architecture at the University of Cambridge, where he taught until 1997. In 2006 he was elected Royal Academician (RA). In addition to his work in architectural practice, Eric has held a number of eminent posts including President of the Architectural Association. He also currently serves on the Royal Academy Architecture Committee, the RIBA Library Committee, the Kettles Yard Committee and the Mayor of London’s Design Advisory Panel.

Chris Miele - Montagu Evans

Chris Miele is a Town Planner and one of the ten partners of Montagu Evans’ Planning and Development Department. He joined Montagu Evans in 2006 from RPS where, as a Senior Director, he was in charge of their historic building advice. He leads on projects requiring heritage expertise and experience of tall buildings and large developments in sensitive locations. In this respect he draws on skills gained previously when working at a senior level at English Heritage as well as his other roles including his time on the CABE Design Review Panel. Chris manages a group of other specialist planners who concentrate on listed building and conservation area proposals as well as more general planning matters.

Kelvin Campbell - Urban Initiatives

Kelvin Campbell is an architect/urban designer and co-founder of Urban Initiatives urban design practice, and, more recently, the Smart Urbanism Group: an online community devoted to sustainable urbanism and social innovation. He has recently published a book entitled Massive Small: The Operating Programme for Smart Urbanism which shows how we can learn from self-organising systems that we find in traditional cities, in nature and on the Web, to develop a new and evolving paradigm. Kelvin was also the lead author of By Design (CABE) 2000, and the recent Mayor of London’s Housing Design Guide. He has written and edited numerous books and articles on urban design, including Re:Urbanism: A Challenge to the Urban Summit, which pointed the way to Massive Small.

William Filmer-Sankey - Alan Baxter & Associates

William Filmer-Sankey is a Partner at Alan Baxter & Associates, a practice well known for its roots in engineering and its wide range of projects. Prior to joining ABA, he was the Director of the Victorian Society and, in the remote past, an Anglo- Saxon archaeologist. This variety of experience gives him a particular interest in understanding the comparative significance of an increasing diversity of heritage assets. It is reflected in recent projects which include a Conservation Management Plan for Lincoln Castle, advice to Crossrail at Paddington Station, and a Conservation Area Appraisal for the historic core of York.

Matthew Slocombe - Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Matthew Slocombe is Deputy Secretary at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) where he has particular responsibility for the Society’s statutory listed buildings casework. He is also Secretary of the Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies, an umbrella body which brings together voluntary- sector heritage organisations with a formal role in the planning system. He has served on various Government steering groups, including those concerned with Heritage Protection Reform. He is also a member of the Churches Conservation Trust’s Conservation Committee and
of the new EH National Heritage Protection Plan Advisory Board.

Gareth Wilson - English Heritage

Gareth Wilson is currently Project Officer for local engagement within the Heritage Protection Reform team of English Heritage. As part of this role he has had responsibility for developing good practice guidance on Local Listing which will support PPS5 and encourage greater community involvement in managing local aspects of the historic environment.

Lisa Rigg - The Hackney Society

Lisa Rigg has 14 years experience of delivering heritage-based education projects at a local and national level. At Lambeth Council, she is managing a five-year access and education programme at inner London’s only surviving windmill. She also works for the Hackney Society as Project Manager for Love Local Landmarks; a pilot project part-funded by English Heritage to review and update locally listed buildings in Hackney through volunteer engagement. Previously she has worked for the Building Exploratory, MLA London,
the Campaign for Drawing, RIBA and Eastside Community Heritage.

Julian Harrap - Julian Harrap Architects

Julian Harrap trained under the tutelage of Sir Lesley Martin, Sir James Stirling and Sir Colin St John Wilson. His architectural practice has developed a particular knowledge and understanding of the design, technology and materials employed in the conservation of historic buildings and landscapes. He has served on the Historic Buildings Committees of the leading Conservation Societies in the UK and has been involved in negotiating Historic Building Legislation with Govern- ment. He advises grant-giving agencies such as the HLF and has undertaken work for the National Trust, English Heritage, Parish Churches and Charitable Bodies. The Practice, in collaboration with David Chipperfield Architects, recently completed works on the Neues Museum in Berlin, a project which has received seven international prizes.

Caroline Stanford - Landmark Trust

Caroline Stanford has been Historian to the Landmark Trust since 2000, a role which combines rigorous academic research with hands-on conservation practice. Founded in 1965, Landmark is a national Building Preservation Trust that rescues and restores buildings at risk, which are then offered to all for holidays ensuring a financially sustainable future. Caroline researches Landmark’s buildings to help inform their selection, and then their philosophy of conservation and conversion. She is closely involved with all project stages across an exceptional portfolio of historic buildings, including scheme development and planning process. The repair and conversion of such buildings typically throws up complex issues, which can lead to unconventional solutions and to interesting and occasionally
challenging policy debates.

Roger Bowdler - English Heritage

Roger Bowdler was born and educated in Cambridge, where he completed a PhD on macabre 17th century funeral monuments. He has worked for English Heritage since 1989: first as a historian in the London Region, and latterly as a Listing Inspector. He is now Head of Designation, with responsibility for recommendations to the DCMS for Listing, Scheduling and Designed Landscapes. This has included the drafting of designation guidance,
such as selection guides. He is chairman of the Mausolea and Monuments Trust, a charity devoted to funereal architecture, which remains a particular interest.