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Friday 14 June 2024

Venue: Victoria Hall, in Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH


Victoria Hall, in Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH


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.

Adala Leeson is head of socio-economic analysis and evaluation at Historic England where she leads a small team of analysts undertaking and commissioning social, economic and environmental research. The team produces the Heritage Counts publication series which is a compendium of evidence considering the connections between heritage, the economy, society and the environment. Adala is also the Principal Investigator for an AHRC/DCMS funded project developing a taxonomy for culture and heritage and a co-investigator on the AHRC/ DCMS funded Caveat project developing economic techniques for culture and heritage valuation. She is a member of the DCMS Culture and Heritage Capital Steering and Working groups. Prior to joining Historic England, Adala worked as an Associate Economic Consultant for 10 years, advising public and private clients on economic development and regeneration programmes. She previously worked in academia as a researcher at the London School of Economics.

After obtaining degrees in architecture and town planning, Charles worked as a town planner in local government for nine years, and also qualified as a chartered surveyor.

He then qualified as a barrister, and practised at the planning Bar for 26 years. During that time he appeared in court and at inquiries; latterly he had a mainly advisory practice, and sat as an inspector at inquiries. He was on the Estates Committee of the Middle Temple for almost 20 years, with a particular interest in ensuring accessibility for disabled people. He is now a bencher of the Inn. He is the author of Listed Buildings and Other Heritage Assets (sixth edition, 2023); The Law of Trees, Forests and Hedges (third edition, 2022); and The Control of Outdoor Advertising and Graffiti – and he was awarded a Doctorate by the University of Cambridge for Trees. He was also a visiting professor in the School of Planning at Oxford Brookes University, and lectures on heritage law at the University of Bath and Birmingham City University.

Charles was the Chancellor of the Diocese of Worcester from 1998 to 2020, and is author of Changing Churches: a practical guide to the faculty system (June 2016). He was for many years on the Committee of the Ecclesiastical Law Society, and was Chairman of the Overseas Bishoprics Fund.

He has long been involved in planning law reform, and in 2016 he was invited to join the Law Commission to lead its project to simplify planning law in Wales, leading to the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2023 and the Planning (Wales) Bill to be laid before the Senedd in summer 2024. He was appointed as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2023.

Charles is married with two children and two grand-children. In his spare time, he is learning to play the harp.

11:00 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.

Alan Forster writes: I am a university Associate Professor and programme leader for MSc in Building Conservation (Technology & Management) with 10 years industrial experience in general construction, building surveying, and building conservation practice.

My research activities are undertaken within the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design...

I have successfully supervised seven PhD students in the broad areas of low carbon materials, historic building fabric repair, maintenance & HBIM.

I have been delivering high quality teaching and learning in building conservation, architectural tectonics/construction technology, multi-disciplinary design projects and building surveying oriented subjects. I was awarded the 2010 Graduates Teaching Prize for lecturer of the year, the 2010 ‘Spirit of Heriot-Watt University’ award for Pursing Excellence and shortlisted for the 2011 & 2015 Teaching and Learning Oscars, ‘Switched on’ - most engaging lecturer award. I have written many journal papers and articles relating to construction and engineering education and specifically the connectivity between academic industrial experience (pracademics), experiential learning, and professional identity formation.

Professionally, I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA); a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Builders (FCIOB); a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (FCABE); a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and an associate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors...

Practical experience of surveying, recording and evaluation of historic buildings was attained whilst working for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) within the survey and recording section. Building surveying & site supervision of conservation projects was undertaken whilst working for Stirling Council, the Scottish Lime Centre and also Laing Traditional Masonry, with particular specialism in masonry fabric repair and internal and external lime works. Additional site experience relates to six years working in the mechanical services sector.

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.

Case studies 16:45-17:05

Afternoon session close: Friend of the 2024 School Fit for the Future: Thoughts on lessons learned and to learn: 17:05-17:10

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

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