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IHBC Day School & Virtual School

Friday 14 June 2024

In-person: Victoria Hall, in Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH

Virtual: BOOK from only £30+VAT (including select recordings) and view live via GoTo


Registration (for those not registered): Reading Town Hall

Registration at the venue is for ‘in person’ Day School delegates and un-registered Full School delegates.

NB: Full School delegates already registered do not need to re-register. Virtual delegates should have registered online already, but registration remains open throughout the day.

Welcome address

Setting the scene for ‘Place & Building Care: Finance, policy & people in conservation practice’
Gerard Lemos CMG CBE, Chair of the English Heritage Board of Trustees.

Gerard Lemos

Introduction and delegate guidance

Day School Arrangements

The IHBC’s Reading 2024 Day School, on 14 June, offers options for both in-person attendance and ‘virtual’, online participation.

08:00 - 09:00 Registration for in person Day School delegates, with Refreshments

IHBC Chair David McDonald will chair the morning sessions, with those delegates participating online being welcomed at 9:00.

At 09:10 - 09:15 delegates and speakers in the venue will be welcomed.

Emilia McDonald, Campus Operations Director at the University of Reading, IHBC South Branch Committee and Past IHBC Vice-Chair will chair the afternoon sessions, with all delegates being welcomed back from 14:00

To help delegates prepare for the talks, links and other learning and CPD resources will be posted on the dedicated School CPD web page as they are compiled.

Pre-School Questions for Day School Speakers

‘Question and Answer’ sessions take place across the day as time allows. To be sure to get your question to the top of the list, please submit it as soon as possible HERE.

Remember: Chair's Choice of questions wins the price of a Virtual School! We'll let you know if you win.

Online delegates may leave and join the online sessions as and when suits throughout the Day School programme, using the same logging in details.

Session recordings will be made available to ALL Day School delegates after the event.

Programme: Speakers & Topic Areas*

Morning Session

MORNING SESSION: 09:00/09:10-13:00
Place and Area Care: Finance, Policy and People in Conservation Practice

Session Chair: David McDonald IHBC Chair

Gerard Lemos CMG CBE is the Chair of the English Heritage Board of Trustees. He also chairs English Heritage’s Nominations Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. A social policy expert, Gerard is the author of a number of publications examining the role communities can play in our society and how to support vulnerable people. He is Chair of the Agency Board of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and a former Chair of the British Council.

Gerard has been involved in renovating historic buildings throughout his entire career, in particular during roles within the housing and community regeneration sectors. His heritage experience includes his years as a trustee at Dartington Hall in Devon, where this medieval house and registered garden became a centre for progressive learning in the arts, ecology and social justice.

He is the founding Chair of the Akram Khan dance company and chairs the Hofesh Shechter dance company. Born in India, Gerard grew up in Croydon and studied History and English at the University of York.

Dave Chetwyn MA, MRTPI, IHBC, FIoL, FRSA is Managing Director/Partner of Urban Vision Enterprise and Director/Partner of D2H Land Planning Development. In addition, he is a High Street Task Force Expert, Associate of the Consultation Institute and Design Council Expert. Former roles include Chair of the Board of the National Planning Forum, Head of Planning Aid England, Chair of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and Chair of the Historic Towns Forum. Dave’s experience includes leading and advising on national planning programmes, undertaking planning mediation and advising various Parliamentary committees and working groups on planning, regeneration and heritage. He has authored numerous guides to planning, development, heritage and regeneration, including the Locality Neighbourhood Plan Roadmap and parts of BS7913.

Nigel worked as a solicitor in local government, before becoming Legal Director at what was then English Heritage (now Historic England). Since leaving EH he has worked in private practice, including as a partner and head of planning at Norton Rose Fulbright and a consultant at Gowling WLG. He is now a partner at Davitt Jones Bould, specialising in planning and heritage law. In total he has over 35 years' post-qualification experience practicing in planning and heritage law.

He is the co-author (with Charles Mynors) of "Listed Buildings and Other Heritage Assets" (6th edition 2023) the standard reference work on the law in this area and edits the planning volumes of the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents. He also serves on the IHBC Legal Panel.

He lives in rural Oxfordshire with his wife, grown-up daughter and four cats.

11:15 Refreshments

Previously Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust, Peter has a background in historic building conservation and a particular interest in how historic buildings serve contemporary society. An advocate of the Charterhouse’s heritage, Peter seeks to develop this to support the community and the genius loci. Peter is a trustee of the Heritage Alliance, of Goodwill Solutions CIO, and a member of The Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Perter is also lay member of St Paul’s Cathedral Chapter.

Case studies 12:30-12:50

Morning session close: Friend of the 2024 School RTPI South East: Thoughts on lessons learned and to learn

Afternoon Session

Building and Estate Care and Conservation: Finance, Policy and People in Conservation Practice’

Session Chair: Emilia McDonald, Campus Operations Director at the University of Reading, IHBC South Branch Committee and Past IHBC Vice-Chair

Rebecca joined St Paul’s Cathedral as Director of Property in August 2023. Prior to taking on this role, Rebecca was the Senior Estate Manager for English Heritage, looking after all properties in the North of England. Rebecca is an ambassador for our historic environment, sustainability and climate resilience, and heritage craft skills. She is a Fellow of the CIOB and Past President 2017 - 2018. She is a member and Vice President of IHBC; the Merchant Adventurers of the City of York; the Worshipful Company of Constructors.

Dr Alan Forster
Heriot Watt University
Dr Alan Forster is an Associate Professor in Building Conservation, Low Carbon & Traditional Materials, & Architectural Technology at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has been a research active academic for over 20 years and has published extensively on a wide range of topics including historic building survey – traditional and digital applications, technical fabric repair and materials science, building conservation philosophy and built environment higher education. Before becoming and academic he served an apprenticeship and subsequently became a building surveyor. He is an SPAB scholar and a member of the IHBC technical committee.

Will has over 35 years’ experience in the conservation and management of heritage assets. He joined Purcell in 2016 as an Associate and Senior Heritage Consultant, and now leads their Surveying Team.

Before joining Purcell, Will worked for Historic England (formerly English Heritage) for over 18 years, where he led the Government Historic Estates Unit, managing a team of architects and inspectors. At Purcell he is involved in a broad range of work ranging from condition surveys, planning issues as well as conservation management plans and heritage impact assessments. Much of his work is concerned with public-sector property, including MOD sites, courts, prisons and hospitals.

15:45 Refreshments

Sarah Khan writes: I am an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC), as well as accredited with the RIBA as a Specialist Conservation Architect. I have worked at Roger Mears Architects (RMA) since 2007 and have been a Practice Partner since 2015. RMA has a strong track record of working in Conservation, something I am deeply passionate about. I am a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) as well as a past SPAB Guardian as part of their Technical and Research Committee, a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and a past member of the RIBA Conservation Group. I am on the London Diocese, Southwark, Peterborough, Chelmsford and St Albans Diocese lists of Quinquennial Inspecting Architects, and the Church Architect for various Grade I and II listed in London. I also work with many community and grant-aided projects, as well as buildings on the Historic England Heritage-at-risk register. I am also currently leading the Practice’s research project into sustainable upgrading of historic buildings.

I am very keen to put my experience, knowledge and skills to best use. Through my experience, I have developed some necessary key skills, including:

  • analysing and resolving complicated structural issues
  • care and repair of dilapidated buildings, rot and damp issues
  • project management, site inspections, cost control issues - sustainable thermal upgrading of buildings of traditional construction
  • working with teams of consultants and specialists
  • negotiating with planning authorities, conservation officers and English Heritage
  • historic research and building investigations in order to understand the building, its significance and the problems faced to arrive at better solutions.

I have developed a personal approach in working with clients: I understand the importance of unsaid as well as expressed needs and marrying those needs with those of the building. My philosophy is to treat the building as a second client, ensuring that its needs are also met and that it not only survives but continues to thrive into the future.

The existing buildings I work with are sometimes in a dilapidated state. It is my job to see the potential in them worth fighting for, and to work to the best of my abilities to deliver the care these buildings need.

Q&A 16:45-17:15

Afternoon session close: Friend of the 2024 School Fit for the Future: Thoughts on lessons learned and to learn: 17:15-17:20

17:20 CLOSE of the Day School. Thanks to Speakers, Sponsors, Friends, Branch, Volunteers, Delegates, Officers and more, David McDonald IHBC Chair

*All programme arrangements subject to change


IHBC 2024 Annual Dinner & Awards

7.30PM to 11.30PM
Wantage Dining Hall, Upper Redlands Road, Reading, Berks RG1 5JG

Arrive from 7.15PM for seating at 7.30PM
Annual Dinner from 7.45PM
After dinner programme from 10.00PM:
Presentation of IHBC Annual Student Awards & Marsh Awards Depart by 11.30PM

Supported by the IHBC’s CREATIVE Conservation Fund

Reception Sponsor

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