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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.

Ms Lynda Addison OBE, Deputy Chair

Lynda Addison was founding Director of Addison & Associates (1996), an award winning planning and transport consultancy working in the public sector, moving to Director of Malcolm Baker Consulting in 2014 to continue work in these fields.

She has advised over 200 local authorities and central government since leaving her post as Director of Planning & Transport at Hounslow, receiving an OBE for services to town and country planning in 2007. She is a Visiting Professor in Planning at the University of Westminster, a member of the Planning Committee of the LLDC, a Trustee of Living Streets and the Raheli Trust, an Advisor to CBT and Chair of the Sustainable Transport of CIHT where she is a Fellow.

She was appointed as an English Heritage Commissioner in 2008 and also Chair of the London Advisory Committee in 2011.

Dr John Allan

John Allan is a practising architect and was a director of Avanti Architects from 1983 – 2011, where he is now a consultant to the practice. Before joining Avanti Architects, he worked for Irvine New Town Development Corporation, the GLC Department of Architecture & Civic Design and for the firm of Sir Peter Shepheard and Gabriel Epstein. John was formerly Project Enabler at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and was the first Chairman of DoCoMoMo-UK 1989-91. He is the author of two books on Berthold Lubetkin and several works on the conservation of Modern Architecture. John is also a former member of the London Advisory Committee.

Professor Malcolm Airs

Malcolm Airs is Emeritus Professor of Conservation and the Historic Environment at the University of Oxford. He is an historian who worked for the Greater London Council and as a conservation officer for South Oxfordshire District Council before taking up a teaching post with the Department for Continuing Education at Oxford where he directed courses in architectural history and conservation.

From 2006 to 2008 he was Vice-President of Kellogg College. He was a Commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England from 1993 to 1999 and a member of the Historic Buildings & Land Panel of the Heritage Lottery Fund from 2004 to 2005. He was President of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain from 2008 to 2013. He was also the founding President of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and a former trustee of the standing Conference on the Training of Architects in Conservation (COTAC).

He is currently a member of the Architectural Panel of the National Trust, President of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB), Vice-President of the Association of Small Historic Towns and Villages (ASHTAV) and a trustee of the Landmark Trust and Oxford Preservation Trust.

For English Heritage he has been a member of the Historic Buildings and Areas Advisory Committee (1988-2003), the Images of England Project Board, State of the Historic Environment Steering Group (2001-3) and the Research Advisory Panel.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society and has published extensively on architectural history and conservation.

Dr Nigel Baker

Dr Nigel Baker is a freelance urban archaeologist. After a research degree at Nottingham he worked for Birmingham University, excavating in Shrewsbury and elsewhere; this was followed by a five year Leverhulme Research Fellowship investigating the role of church institutions in the growth of medieval towns. Subsequently, he undertook English Heritage’s urban archaeological databases (UADs) and assessments (UAAs) for Shrewsbury and Worcester. He was for eight years urban archaeologist for Herefordshire Council, in that time compiling the UAD/UAA for Hereford, together with a conservation plan for the city’s defences. More recently he has been editing the UAA volume for Bristol and another on the historic buildings of Hereford. He remains an Honorary Research Fellow of the School of Geography & Earth Sciences, University of Birmingham and a member of the Urban Morphology Research Group based there.

Professor Eleanor Casella

Eleanor Conlin Casella is a specialist on historical and colonial archaeology in Australasia, North America, and Europe. She has directed fieldwork excavations on 19th century British colonial prison sites in Tasmania, Australia, and post-medieval period workers' cottages in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. She is the author of The Alderley Sandhills Project: An Archaeology of Community Life in (post)-industrial England (Manchester University Press, 2010), The Archaeology of Institutional Confinement (University Press of Florida, 2007), and Archaeology of the Ross Female Factory(Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, 2002). She has recently co-edited The Archaeology of Colonialism: Intimate Encounters & Sexual Effects (Cambridge University Press, 2012 with B.L. Voss) in addition to Industrial Archaeology: Future Directions (Springer, 2005 with J. Symonds) and The Archaeology of Plural and Changing Identities (Springer, 2005 with C. Fowler).

Mr Geoffrey Clifton

Geoffrey Clifton is a conservation accredited structural engineer who specialises in  historic buildings and cathedrals in particular. He works as a consultant to Ramboll UK and is the engineer to Lincoln Cathedral as well as a member of the Cathedral Fabric Commission for England.

The majority of his career has been spent with Gifford LLP and he was the chairman from 2002 to 2007.

Sir Neil Cossons OBE

Neil Cossons is Pro-Provost and Chairman of Council of the Royal College of Art. He was Chairman of English Heritage from 2000 to 2007. Previously he was Director of the Science Museum, London, from 1986. 

A leading authority on industrial archaeology, Neil Cossons was previously Director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and for twelve years the first Director of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire. He has worked in museums since 1961.

A Fellow and Past-President of the Museums Association, he was the first Chairman of the Association of Independent Museums. Neil Cossons is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and has been President of the Royal Geographical Society, a board member of British Waterways and a Trustee of National Museums Liverpool. He is an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and an Honorary Companion of the Royal Aeronautical Society. In 1991 he was awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal of the Historical Association and in 1993 the President's Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

An English Heritage Commissioner from 1989 to 1995 and again from 1999, he was a Member of the Ancient Monuments Advisory Committee from 1984 to 1998 and chaired the English Heritage Industrial Archaeology Advisory Panel. He has published and broadcast widely on conservation and advised numerous organisations in Britain and overseas.

He was appointed OBE in 1982 and knighted in 1994. He is married, has three grown up children and has lived in Shropshire since 1971.

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 was given a National Award for the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage of Russia by the АрхеологическоеНаследие. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists.

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.

Dr Antony Firth

Antony is the Director of Fjordr Ltd, a small company specialising in marine and historic environment consulting. He was formerly the Head of Coastal & Marine for Wessex Archaeology. Antony is a Member of Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee, holds a PhD in Management of Archaeology Underwater, from University of Southampton, and is a Member of Institute for Archaeologists. He also serves on the Historic Wrecks Panel.

Ms Clare Hartwell

Architectural historian and author of the Pevsner City Guide Manchester and author/co-author of several revisions of Pevsner Architectural Guides titles in the North West of England; presently (2011) revising Derbyshire. Director of the Architectural History Practice, a consultancy specialising in research based historic environment work. Previous experience includes acting as Architectural Advisor to the Victorian Society and Georgian Group, list inspector for Cadw's revision of listed buildings in Clwyd, and inspector for the revision of the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest. A product of the 'Ron and John' MA course in architectural history at Manchester University.

Mr 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.

Mr 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.

Ms 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 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 an Historic England Commissioner in 2016.

Mr Graham Morrison OBE 

Graham Morrison is an architect and a founding partner of Allies and Morrison. The practice, now 30 years old has won 39 RIBA awards and has twice been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.

Notable building projects include the restoration of London's Grade I listed Royal Festival Hall, the BBC's Media Village and the conversion of Arsenal's listed Stadium at Highbury into apartments.

The practice works in over a dozen countries, and it has been responsible for a number of major masterplans including the legacy for the 2012 Games, Kings Cross Central and plans for Salisbury, Hereford and Winchester.

He has served as a Royal Fine Art Commissioner, a member of CABE and sits on several Design Review Panels. He has taught Architecture, been a visiting professor at Nottingham and lectured both internationally and at home.

Graham was an English Heritage Commissioner from 2011 to 2015, was a member of the London Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2013 and is also a member of the Urban Panel. Graham was appointed OBE in 2016. 

Mr 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.

Dr Noha Nasser

Noha Nasser is an architect and academic with an interest in the design and heritage of post-colonial minority cultures in the UK. She has held academic positions at several UK and international universities including Course Director of the Masters in Urban Design and Director of the Centre for Urban Design Outreach and Skills (CUDOS) at Birmingham School of Architecture and Acting Director of the Urban Renaissance Institute (URI) at University of Greenwich, and Post-Doctoral Scholarships at University of California Berkeley and University of South Australia. She is currently teaching urban design at Kingston University. She is also in the process of establishing a charity aimed at building social cohesion to create safe, resilient and convivial places.

Mr 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 Hisotric England's London Advisory Committee.

Dr Frank Salmon

Dr Frank Salmon is an architectural historian who has specialised, in his academic work, on British architecture of the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, often with regard to its European contexts. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge, where he is also a Fellow and Tutor of St John's College. He has been a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries since 2000. Among Dr Salmon's many publications are the monograph 'Building on Ruins: The Rediscovery of Rome and English Architecture' (2000), which won two prizes, and the edited volumes 'Summerson and Hitchcock: Centenary Essays on Architectural Historiography' (2006) and 'The Persistence of the Classical' (2008). He is currently working on a monograph about Italianate architecture in Victorian Britain.

In addition to his academic career, Frank Salmon has served as Chairman of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and as Chairman of the Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters of The British School of Rome, as well as serving on the councils of several other institutions. Prior to taking his position at Cambridge in 2006, he worked for four years at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (Yale University) and, before that, for thirteen years at the University of Manchester.

Mr Ken Smith

Ken Smith is Cultural Heritage Manager at the Peak District National Authority; as well as an archaeologist and historic environment professional with particular interests in countryside issues. He has worked in the Peak district since 1982 and now heads up the team that includes archaeologists and buildings professionals providing specialist advice on the management of all aspects of the cultural heritage of the National Park.

He has been active nationally for many years through the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers - including past Chair of ALGAO and first Chair of ALGAO:UK (2006-9). He is a member of the National Trust Archaeology Panel; a Council Member of the Royal Archaeological Institute and Derbyshire Archaeological Society and a Trustee of the Cresswell Heritage Trust.

He has been active nationally for many years through the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers - including past Chair of ALGAO and first Chair of ALGAO:UK (2006-9). He is a member of the National Trust Archaeology Panel; a Council Member of the Royal Archaeological Institute and Derbyshire Archaeological Society and a Trustee of the Cresswell Heritage Trust.

Mr Tim Tatton-Brown

Tim Tatton-Brown is a freelance archaeologist and architectural historian. He is the consultant archaeologist at Westminster School and Lambeth Palace. He was formerly consultant archaeologist to various cathedrals (Canterbury, Rochester, Chichester and Salisbury), Westminster Abbey and St George's Chapel, Windsor. From 1975 to 1985, he was director of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust. Tim is also a former Chairman of RESCUE, and has been a member of the Council for the Care of Churches, Canterbury DAC and Exeter Cathedral FAC. He has been president of the British Brick Society and a former member and Chairman of the Board of visitors at HMP Canterbury.

Dr Roger White

Roger White is an archaeologist and historic environment professional employed at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham. His research work has focused on the Roman city at Wroxeter in Shropshire and on the archaeology of the late Roman to Anglo-Saxon transition but increasingly he is focusing on industrial heritage and questions of the interpretation and presentation of archaeological sites.

Working at the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge and delivering the Heritage Management programme in collaboration with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has given him a broad understanding of the operation of heritage and tourism management within the context of World Heritage.

He has been advisor on archaeological aspects of World Heritage Sites in Georgia and on the Rusian heritage site of Puskinski Gori. He participated in a UK Trade delegation to Libya advising on building capacity for heritage tourism and has been invited to deliver address to conferences in Moscow and at workshops in Sao Paulo. He has current or past PhD research students in the USA and in Jordan working on industrial mining heritage and tourism on Roman sites in the Decapolis as well as home-based students working in industrial heritage and Roman archaeology.

Ms 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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