Historic Estate Conservation Committee Biographies

Biographies for the members of the Historic Estate Conservation Committee.

Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison is one of the Senior Principals in the Purcell partnership. He joined the practice as an assistant surveyor for Ely Cathedral and over the past 30 years he has been responsible for a wide range of major projects on behalf of the National Trust, the National Gallery, the British Museum and many public and private clients.

From 1990 - 2002 he was the managing partner of Purcell and followed this with eight years as the Chairman. During this period he oversaw the major expansion of the practice from five regional offices to the present arrangement of a major office in London and 12 regional studios. His work has included Conservation Management Plans for a wide variety of buildings from the British Museum on the one hand to Scott’s Hut in Antarctica on the other. He currently leads the team of 12 in-house Heritage Consultants.

Michael was a member of the National Trust’s Architectural Panel for ten years and a member of Heritage Lottery Fund’s expert panel on buildings and land for six years. He is currently one of the Trustees of the Greenwich Foundation; he is a Governor of the Building Craft College in the London Borough of Newnham and is an Associate Professor in the Architecture Faculty of Hong Kong University. Michael also serves on the Historic England Advisory Committee and is Chair of the Historic Estate Conservation Committee.

Norman Greville

Norman is a Chartered Building Surveyor having qualified in 1980; he is currently Managing Director of the Capital Investment Team within Telereal Trillium. Norman’s team is responsible for the creation and management of a life cycle maintenance programme over some 1,000 buildings throughout the UK including a variety of historic buildings. This role includes the application of data capture and analysis techniques to help determine the optimum prioritisation of capital investment across the Telereal Trillium estate. In addition, the team is responsible for the development of life cycle strategies and policies.

Previous roles include: Capital Investment Director - Land Securities Trillium 2000 - 2009; Capital Investment Director - Trillium 1999 - 2000; Director, Richard Ellis Building Consultancy 1990 - 1999; Chartered Building Surveyor, Richard Ellis 1980 - 1990. Norman was a member of the English Heritage Estates Peer Review Panel from 2009 - 2015.

Ms Victoria Harley

Victoria Harley is manager of Brampton Bryan Estate, Herefordshire, and concentrates on preservation and reuse of traditional historic buildings, together with landscape conservation.

Through 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. She serves additionally on the Designation Review Committee, the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and the Historic Estate Conservation Committee.

David Mitchell

David is currently Director of Conservation, Historic Scotland. Responsible for the care and conservation of 345 properties in the care of Scottish Government spread across Scotland, from Neolithic sites, to industrial heritage and the largest tourist attractions in Scotland with a budget of £25 million per annum and a staff resource of 430. David has strategic and operational responsibility for teams around climate change, traditional skills and materials, conservation science, specialist conservation, technical education and teams of technical specialists across Scotland. Advice and support to Scottish Ministers on the Historic Environment. Care of the archival and museum collections of Scottish Ministers relating to Properties in Care. Leadership roles in special projects including the Scottish Ten Project, delivering a National Conservation Centre for Scotland

Previous roles with Historic Scotland included: Director of Conservation; Director of Technical Conservation Group and Conservation Manager. David is also a member of the CyArk Advisory Board and Director of the Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation.

David Odgers

David is a Director, Conservation Consultant and Conservator with Odgers Conservation Consultants.

David started his professional career as a trainee conservator at Wells Cathedral in 1980, took up the position of Conservator at the Eve bale Trust in 1981 and joined Nimbus Conservation Ltd as Director in 1984. In 1995 David was appointed Managing Director of Nimbus Conservation Ltd until 1995.

He is also a Senior Tutor of West Dean Building Conservation courses, sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Architectural Conservation. David has also been a Core Instructor on ICCROM/Getty Conservation Institute ‘Stone’ course (Rome 2011, 2013, 2015). Previously David was a member of the English Heritage Peer Review Panel (2010 - 2015).


Sarah Staniforth CBE

Sarah Staniforth has a number of non-executive roles. She was elected President of IIC in January 2013. She is currently a Trustee of the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, the Pilgrim Trust and the Landmark Trust, and a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West Committee, the Westminster Abbey Fabric Commission, the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee and Arts Council England’s Museum Accreditation Committee. She is a Fellow of IIC, the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Society of Arts.

From January 2011 - June 2014 Sarah was Museums and Collections Director at the National Trust. She was also a director of National Trust Enterprises and continues as a Director of Historic House Hotels of the National Trust. She was Historic Properties Director from 2005 - 2010 and Head Conservator from 2002 - 2004. She joined the National Trust in 1985 as Adviser on Paintings Conservation and Environmental Control. Before that she worked in the Scientific Department of the National Gallery for five years.

Sarah was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2015.

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