Designation Review Committee Biographies

Biographies for the members of the Designation Review Committee.

Professor Martin Daunton

Professor Martin Daunton is Professor of Economic History and Head of the School of the Humanities and Social Science in the University of Cambridge, where he was also Master of Trinity Hall from 2004 to 2014. He was formerly Astor Professor of British History at UCL and President of the Royal Historical Society. He continues to write on economic and social history since the eighteenth century. He has been active in the field of culture as chairman of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and a trustee of the National Maritime Museum.

Martin was appointed as an English Heritage Commissioner in 2014, is also Deputy Chair of the Blue Plaques Panel and serves additionally on the Historic England Advisory Committee.

Professor Michael Fulford CBE

Michael Fulford has been Professor of Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, University of Reading, since 1988 and served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for six years from 1998 to 2004.

Mike's principal area of research and expertise is the archaeology of the Roman Empire and he has published extensively both on the archaeology of Roman Britain, but also on the wider, Roman world. A key area of interest is urban archaeology and he has been engaged in a series of projects on the Iron Age and Roman town at Silchester, Hampshire and its hinterland.  These continue. At the same time he is leading a major research project on the Rural Settlement of Roman Britain with funding from the Leverhulme Trust, with a particular focus on the contribution of developer-funded archaeology since the implementation of PPG 16 in 1990.

Mike was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1977, and of the British Academy in 1994. He is currently Treasurer of the British Academy. Mike was appointed as a Commissioner of English Heritage in 2014 and is Chair of the Historic England Advisory Committee.

Victoria Harley

Victoria Harley is Manager of the Brampton Bryan Estate, Herefordshire and concentrates on preservation and reuse of traditional and historic buildings, together with landscape conservation. Through her links with the Historic Houses Association, she has wide experience in the management of historic houses.

She was previously director of Sotheby’s Carpet Department and latterly a freelance consultant. She served on the National Trust Midlands Advisory Board for seven years and was a trustee of the Offa’s Dyke Association. She is governor of two schools.  Victoria was appointed as an English Heritage Commissioner in 2014 and serves additionally on the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

Elizabeth Williamson

Elizabeth Williamson is a Reader in Architectural History in the University of London and Executive Editor of the Victoria County History (VCH), one of the Research Centres of the Institute of Historical Research. She was previously Deputy Editor of The Buildings of England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales (now the Pevsner Architectural Guides), for which she revised and published several volumes.

Through her research for that series and, since 1997, for the VCH, she has developed a wide understanding of the development of the British historic environment in a great variety of localities. She is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Elizabeth was a Commissioner of English Heritage between 2003 and 2011, taking a particular interest in how research into the distinctive history and character of particular places can contribute to understanding, enjoying and protecting the historic environment. She was Chair of the Historic Parks and Gardens Panel between 2006 and 2014.

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