Historic England Advisory Committee Biographies

Biographies for the members of the Historic England Advisory Committee.

Professor Martin Daunton, Chair

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.

David Adshead

David is currently the Secretary of national amenity society The Georgian Group and a director of the educational charity The Attingham Trust for which he runs an annual summer school and a bi-ennial course on The London House.

He trained as an architect and art historian, working for many years for The National Trust where he served initially as a Vernacular Buildings Surveyor and finally as Head Curator and Architectural Historian.

He is a former Chairman of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and Trustee of the Society of Antiquaries. He represents ICOMOS (UK) on the Tower of London World Heritage Site Committee and is a Trustee of the Emery Walker Trust.

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 co-edits the Twentieth Century Society’s journal.

He runs the Architecture Apprenticeship course at the University of Cambridge, 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.

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.

Professor Michael Fulford CBE

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.

Professor Helena Hamerow

Helena Hamerow is Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology in the Faculty of History and the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford. She is also a Fellow of St Cross College, where she was Vice-Master from 2005-2008. She served as Head of the School of Archaeology from 2010 to 2013, during which time she served on the Board of Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum and the Board of Curators of the Bodleian Libraries. She is a former President of the Society for Medieval Archaeology and Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute.

Her research interests lie in the economy, villages and farming practices of rural communities in northwest Europe during the Early Middle Ages. Helena is on the Board of Directors of Oxford Archaeology, on the Board of Visitors of the Pitt Rivers Museum, and is an elected member of the Council of the University of Oxford.

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.

Stephen Smith

Stephen is a Partner at Wright & Wright Architects, bringing a passion for working with existing buildings and new-build projects in sensitive settings. Stephen’s area of expertise and research interests are sustainable design, supporting empowerment for community projects, and placemaking. An understanding of context in the broadest sense, underpins this approach, from understanding the values, community and physical fabric of a place.

These interests are evident in recent projects that include Magdalen College Library, Oxford, the British Academy, the Enterprise Hub for Royal Academy of Engineering, Lambeth Palace Library and Pallant House Gallery.

Stephen taught a Design Studio at the University of Cambridge for five years, based on public buildings. He was a partner to the Empowering Design Practices research project with the Open University that explores our understanding of, and the transformation of, Places of Worship.

Hilary Taylor

Hilary is an art, architectural and landscape historian, who fell in love with the visual cultures of England as a child, in an Edwardian house and garden, next to Lyme Park, in the Peak District. Undergraduate study at the University of East Anglia – attracted by the 1960s promise of an egalitarian higher education and by the Brutalist architecture of Denys Lasdun – was followed by a PhD, awarded by Nottingham University.

For many years, Hilary Taylor Landscape Associates specialised in the conservation and sustainable development of major historic places, from World Heritage Sites to deer parks, public parks and allotments. This entailed detailed research, creating planting schemes, woodland, views, vistas, fountains and bandstands, secured with management and interpretation plans. Hilary was a Churchill Fellow in 1994, on the HLF Expert Panel 2000-2008, HLF Project Monitor, Trustee of the Horniman Museum 2010-2014, and on the Church Buildings Council 2008-2021, there focusing on ancient and veteran trees, church bells and the craftsmanship of church furniture and fittings.

Hilary’s research explores the cultural and political significance of art and landscapes; publications include: 'British Impressionism: Landscape Images and Attitudes'; and 'The Public Park as a Metaphor for a Civilised Society'. Most recently, she has been working on, 'Thomas Tresham: Elizabeth’s loyal recusant, philosopher, builder, garden maker'.

Zac Tudor

For the past 22 years Zac has worked for Sheffield City Council's Regeneration Design Team. Here he has had responsibility for city-wide design and coordination of public realm delivery within the placemaking agenda. His focus has been landscape design, spatial master planning, and place-making, helping to maximise the city’s resilience to flooding and climate change, while encouraging new economic regeneration that reflects Sheffield’s distinctive historic character.

He has established himself as the key influence in developing Sheffield's identity as a city of distinctive high-quality public realm promoting its uncompromising sense of place and character. His use of horticulture, local natural materials, craftsmanship and art helps to draw on local heritage to create something that is identifiably Sheffield.

Today his interests turn to the re-purposing and changing perceptions of city as a place, identifying character and maintaining and emphasising the historic value, which when combined start to create new incentives to live, work and visit our urban centres.

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