Historic England Advisory Committee Biographies

Biographies for the members of the Historic England Advisory Committee.

Professor Michael Fulford CBE, Chair

Mike 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.

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 Commissioner of English Heritage in 2014. He also sits on the Historic England Designation Review Committee.

Having recently served as its President, he is also Vice-President, Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. Mike was appointed CBE in 2011.

Paul Baker

Paul is a director at architects WilkinsonEyre. His passion for creating spaces that intrigue and delight on both an intellectual and emotional level has led to his continued work with key visitor attractions and cultural institutions around the world.

His award winning portfolio includes the Alpine House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a series of projects for the Science Museum in London and the extensive redevelopment of the Wellcome Trust’s Collection building.

At the core of his approach is an interest in how architecture can be integrated into its context across the disciplines of structure and services, planning and environment and landscape architecture – and in particular, exploring how this holistic approach can contribute to long-term sustainability and regeneration.

Paul was appointed as a Historic England Commissioner in 2016.

Timothy Brittain-Catlin

Timothy Brittain-Catlin trained as an architect and masterplanner, and became a historian specialising in 19th and 20th-century architecture, especially of houses and churches. His completed a doctoral dissertation on the English residential architecture of A.W.N. Pugin, leading to the publication of The English Parsonage in the Early Nineteenth Century in 2008. He was the editor of the Pugin Society’s journal and is a trustee of the Twentieth Century Society.

He is Reader in Architecture at the Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent, teaching both design and architectural history. His many publications include Historic England’s Introduction to Historic Assets: 19th and 20th Century Convents and Monasteries, and Leonard Manasseh & Partners, published in association with English Heritage.

Nairita Chakraborty

Nairita is a historic buildings specialist and is currently an Associate at Iceni Projects in their Heritage and Townscape team. She is RTPI and IHBC accredited and has previously worked in various local authorities for over twelve years (2006-2018). Nairita has first-hand experience in the challenges of ensuring sustained use of historic buildings whilst delivering large-scale regeneration, housing and infrastructure projects.

Motivated by creative and contemporary design solutions, she has worked on complex projects like Alexandra Palace and Hornsey Town Hall alongside providing advice on heritage-led regeneration masterplans, strategic housing and infrastructure schemes. She has also worked on heritage lottery fund projects, public realm designs; and has undertaken borough-wide characterisation studies, townscape analysis, area appraisals and management plans.

Bob Croft

Bob Croft first became interested in archaeology in his home county of Northamptonshire and has subsequently worked as a field archaeologist in Yorkshire, Milton Keynes and Somerset. He has over 40 years experience in local authority archaeology services and was the first chair of the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers 1996-1999. Bob was a part-time tutor for Bristol University Archaeology Department and has worked in Somerset for over 30 years as the County Archaeologist. He is currently Head of Historic Environment and Estates for the South West Heritage Trust, a new organisation delivering the local authority heritage services in Somerset and Devon. Bob is a Fellow of The Society of Antiquaries, a Member of CIfA, a trustee of the Somerset Churches Trust and the Somerset County History Trust. Since 1987 he has served as the archaeological advisor to the diocese of Bath and Wells.

Professor Martin Daunton

Martin Daunton is Professor of Economic History and Head of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences 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 and is also Chair of the Designation Review Committee and Deputy Chair of the Blue Plaques Panel.

Professor Tim Darvill OBE

Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science at Bournemouth University. His research interests lie in the fields of European prehistory and archaeological resource management; he is a leading expert on Stonehenge. 

Prior to moving to Bournemouth University in 1991, he ran a private consultancy company specialising in support for the public and private sector in the integration of archaeology and heritage in property development and land management. He has previously worked for the Council for British Archaeology and Western Archaeological Trust.

Professor Darvill has worked as an expert on heritage landscapes for the Council of Europe, served as Chairman of the Institute of Field Archaeologists, was a Member of the Council of the National Trust, and was a Vice-President of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cotswold Archaeology and a Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute.

He was appointed OBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours List for services to archaeology. He is a corresponding member of the Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, and in 2006 he was the winner of the National Award for the protection of the archaeological heritage of Russia ‘Property of generations’. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists.

Sophia de Sousa

As Chief Executive at The Glass-House Community Led Design, Sophia is committed to the charity’s mission to raise the standard of placemaking through public participation and leadership in the design of buildings, spaces, housing and neighbourhoods. Sophia promotes and supports collaborative placemaking as a valuable means of informing good, inclusive, sustainable design that benefits local people and that leads to the long-term improvement of neighbourhoods.

Sophia is a leading advocate and enabler of community led, participatory and co-design practice and research and since 2013, has led The Glass-House strategic partnership with the Design Group at The Open University, which aims to innovate, support and champion design processes that empower people and communities. Sophia is also a Visiting Fellow at The Open University. 

Sophia has a background in architecture and urbanism, education, voluntary sector work and in multicultural issues. She is an active member of cross-sector and interdisciplinary panels and advisory groups including: MHCLG Expert Advisory Panel on High Streets; Highways England Design Review Panel; Historic England Urban Panel; Oxford Design Review Panel; Barking and Dagenham Design Advice Panel; Design Council Cabe Built Environment Experts and others.

Michael Hayes CBE

Mike is a graduate of Leeds and Liverpool Universities. His previous principal appointments include: Chief Executive: West Northamptonshire Development Corporation; Corporate Director: Watford Borough Council; Director of Regeneration: London Borough of Lambeth; Director of Planning and Development: Glasgow City Council; City Planning Officer: Liverpool City Planning Officer.

He is Secretary of the National Planning Forum; a part-time Examining Inspector with the Planning Inspectorate National Infrastructure Directorate; and a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert.

In 2004 Mike was President of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a member of the Academy of Urbanism. Mike was appointed Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2008 for services to local government and the voluntary sector.

David Lambert

David Lambert is a Director of the Parks Agency. A former research fellow at the University of York and senior research fellow at De Montfort University, he was Conservation Officer for the Garden History Society for ten years and he has worked as an external adviser and monitor for the Heritage Lottery Fund since its inception. David is currently a member of the National Trust Gardens Panel, the Historic Royal Palaces Gardens Advisory Group, and the World Monuments Fund Architectural Panel.

Rosemarie MacQueen MBE

Rosemarie has over 44 years’ experience of urban planning, conservation, heritage management and regeneration. She has provided expert evidence on conservation issues to parliamentary select committees and her voluntary roles include more than 20 years of service on the Georgian Group Executive Committee and as London Chairman of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Rosemarie was awarded the MBE for services to Heritage in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours list. 

Rosemarie was appointed as a Historic England Commissioner in 2016. 

Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison has been a partner at architects Purcell since the 1970s. He was managing partner of the firm through the 1990s and Chairman through the 2000s overseeing an expansion of the practice across the country.

In 1989 he was appointed as the architectural advisor to the National Gallery and has continued working in the Museum and Gallery sector since then. In 2008 Michael opened the practice’s office in Hong Kong.

He has sat on the National Trust’s architectural panel and on Heritage Lottery Fund’s expert panel for Buildings and Land. Michael is a member of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee for Polar Heritage having completed conservation plans for Scott and Shackleton’s Huts in Antarctica in 2003.

In 2014 Michael was appointed as a Commissioner for English Heritage and also serves on the London Advisory Committee, he is Chair of the newly formed Historic Estate Conservation Committee.

Charles O'Brien

Charles O’Brien is an architectural historian. He worked for the Historic Buildings Department of the National Trust (1994-97), and is the Series Editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides, including the Buildings of Scotland series. He has contributed to several volumes in the Buildings of England series including (with Bridget Cherry) London 5: East and most recently the revision of Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough (2014).

Charles has been a sessional lecturer at Birkbeck College on social housing in London, is a member of the Victoria County History’s Advisory Board, the Arts and Heritage Committee of the Mercers’ Company and Historic England's London Advisory Committee.

Matthew Saunders MBE

Matthew Saunders was until Easter 2018, Secretary of the Ancient Monuments Society and Director of The Friends of Friendless Churches. The AMS is a statutory consultee on applications for listed building consent, in England and Wales, where there is any element of demolition and deals with all historic buildings of the last millennium. The Friends take historic churches into care and at the time of Matthew’s retirement it owned 52, half in England, half in Wales. A number had received welcome grant aid from English Heritage, before the creation of Historic England.

From 2005 until 2011 Matthew was a Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, having previously served on its Expert Panel.

He is currently a member of the Church Buildings Council, the Conservation Committee of The Churches Conservation Trust, a member of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for London and Trustee to the Francis Coales Charitable Foundation.

He has written on the philosophy of conservation, the architecture of banks and the conversion of historic buildings, the latter a subject to which he hopes to return. He has written the biography of one of the more eccentric Victorian architects, S.S.Teulon.

Matthew was appointed MBE for services to Conservation in 1998.

Jan Wills

Jan Wills has worked in archaeology for over 35 years, mainly in the public sector, initially as a field archaeologist before moving into project and service management. She is now a freelance consultant, and is currently focusing on advisory work with the Institute for Archaeologists and other national organisations.

During her local government career Jan was a long-standing member of the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers Executive Committee, and Chair (1999-2002). She is currently Hon Chair of the Institute for Archaeologists, a Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

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