This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.

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.

Dr Jane Grenville

Dr Jane Grenville FSA MIFA IHBC is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of York. She specialises in the archaeology of buildings, heritage policy and the conservation of historic structures. She took her first degree at Cambridge and holds a PhD from the University of York.

Trained as a field archaeologist with extensive experience in the UK, Europe, Syria and Libya, she developed further interests in the archaeology of standing buildings and conservation. She worked as a field worker on the Historic England listed buildings resurvey in the 1980s and then was Historic Buildings Officer for the Council for British Archaeology before moving to the University of York in 1991 to teach Archaeology of Buildings, Heritage Management and Conservation Studies. She was an English Heritage Commissioner from 2001-2008. She is the author of Medieval Housing (1997) and editor of Managing the Historic Rural Landscape (1999). She is a Trustee of York Civic Trust.

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.

Professor Richard Morris OBE

Richard Morris read English at Oxford, studied music at York, and then turned to archaeology. In 1971 he became a member of the team excavating under York Minster, moving from there to become the Churches Officer of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), responsible for setting up archaeological advice networks for churches and cathedrals. In 1988 he joined the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. In 1991 he returned to the CBA as its director, there helping to launch the popular magazine British Archaeology. From 2003 to 2010 he directed the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, joining Huddersfield in 2010.

Richard is an energetic champion of the study and care of the historic environment. From 1996 to 2005 he served as a Commissioner of Historic England. He has chaired the Ancient Monuments Advisory Committee for England and the Expert Panel of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is a former trustee of the National Coal Mining Museum for England. Today he is a trustee of the York Archaeological Trust, the Landscape Research Centre, the National Heritage Memorial Fund, a member of the North East committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and chair of The Blackden Trust.

Richard is a Frend Medallist of the Society of Antiquaries of London. In 2003 he was appointed OBE for services to archaeology.

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.

Was this page helpful?