London Advisory Committee Biographies

The biographies of members of Historic England's London Advisory Committee.

Charles O’Brien - Chair

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 is also a member of the English Heritage Advisory Committee.

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 an Historic England Commissioner in 2016.

Kelley Christ

Kelley Christ is a Chartered Architect specialising in the conservation and regeneration of both modern and historic listed buildings and sites.  She is AABC and RIBA SCA accredited and has worked on some of the nation’s most significant listed buildings including Knole House in Kent, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. 

She holds personal appointments at Southwark Cathedral and a number of listed churches within the Diocese of London and Southwark, including St Paul’s, Bow Common.  Kelley is founding partner of A&RMÉ Ltd. 

She previously worked for the conservation architects Purcell and in the Conservation Department of Historic Royal Palaces.  Prior to this she worked for Avanti Architects where she gained invaluable experience in the regeneration of modern listed buildings.

Jane Dann

Jane Dann is a Director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. She is an Architect and Urban designer with thirty years experience in urban design practice, acting for a wide range of public and private sector clients.  She has been a CABE Design Council Enabler since 2008 and is now one of their Built Environment Experts and a Design Review Panel member. 

Jane is also a member of the Design Review Panels for Berkshire and Southwark and was a member of the Inspire East Regional Design Review Panel from 2008-2010.  She led the programme of research into the use of Design Codes for CABE and the ODPM/DCLG that resulted in the publication of Preparing Design Codes: A Practice Manual.

Elizabeth Darling

Elizabeth Darling PhD is Reader in Architectural History at Oxford Brookes University and lectures in the art and architectural history of the modern period. Her research focuses on 20th century British architectural history with a particular interest in inter-war modernist culture, social housing, and gender. She has published on the nature of authorship in the design process; the innovative practices of the inter-war voluntary housing sector; the housing consultant Elizabeth Denby; the relationship between citizenship and the reform of domestic space in inter-war Britain; and women and urban philanthropy in Edwardian Edinburgh.

Her books include a revisionist study of British architectural modernism, Re-forming Britain: Narratives of Modernity before Reconstruction, (Routledge, 2007), Wells Coates (C20 Society with English Heritage & RIBA Publishing, 2012) and AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017 (AA Publishing, 2017). She is writing a study of the material and spatial cultures of broadcasting in inter-war England.

Sophie Jackson

Sophie Jackson is a Director and archaeological consultant at MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology).  Over the past 20 years she has worked as a project manager, designing and managing programmes of archaeological fieldwork and historic building analysis, predominantly in Central London. 

Some of the projects Sophie has managed include part of the scheduled site of the Roman Governor’s Palace beneath Cannon Street Station, sites in the Roman Fort and Forum, the City Walls, medieval and Roman waterfronts, religious houses and churches.  Sophie has also managed projects that combine above and below ground archaeology such as the buildings along Middle Temple Lane and warehouses in Cutler Street. 

She is currently  project manager for the excavations on the former Bucklesbury House site, now becoming Bloomberg’s London headquarters. This project is the largest single site excavation in London for 20 years and winner of the British Archaeological Awards; Best Archaeological Project for 2014.

Deborah Lazarus

Deborah Lazarus is a consultant at Arup having worked there for many years as a structural engineer working on all aspects of existing structures, with a particular focus on heritage-related work.  Her fields of interest and expertise include the maintenance and re-use of historic buildings: she has spoken at national and international conferences and had a number of papers published on this subject.  

Deborah played a significant role on Crossrail, where there are several hundred listed buildings along the alignment. She led the building assessment team on the Central Bored Tunnels design contract, undertaking condition surveys, damage assessments and mitigation design arising from ground movements due to the tunnelling works. On High Speed 1 she provided technical advice on the relocation of a number of listed buildings, including a 16th-century part timber-framed house moved intact and a mid-15th-century four-bay Wealden hall house which was dismantled and re-erected.

Deborah was joint author of Retention of Masonry Facades: Best Practice Guidance which followed a research project carried out for CIRIA, and Maintaining Value, a further research project for Maintain our Heritage on systematic maintenance for historic buildings.   She was also joint author of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London – a future for the past.

She is currently on the Editorial Board for Engineering History and Heritage.

Alan Leibowitz

Alan Leibowitz is a Director of Hanover Acceptances Ltd and Joint Managing Director of Dorrington plc, a property investment and development company. Alan is a Board member of The British Property Federation, a Built Environment Expert for Design Council/CABE, a Trustee of the Architectural Association Foundation and a Property Committee member of the National Theatre and the Royal College of Art. He has previously been a member of the Urban 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 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.

Roger Mascall

Roger Mascall is a Chartered Town Planner and heritage professional with 25 years’ experience of planning and heritage matters in both the public and private sectors.  He is currently Director and Head of Heritage Services at Turley Planning Consultants, leading a team which provides advice to public and private sector clients across the UK. 

Roger was previously a partner at the Development Planning Partnership, having started his career in local government at Harrow.  He was an Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas, and Team Leader at English Heritage and has since acted on its behalf at major public inquiries in London and the South East.

He assists the British Property Federation with heritage matters and sits on the CLG/DCMS practitioners’ sounding board.  Roger is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Institute for Historic Building Conservation.

Richard Pollard

Richard Pollard is an architectural historian and conservation advisor. He is currently a Director in the conservation team at Alan Baxter, where he advises public and private sector clients across the country. Recent projects include a masterplan for York Minster and precinct, multiple Network Rail and Crossrail schemes, advice to the Imperial War Museum and other cultural institutions, and conservation management plans for the National Trust, English Heritage and Liverpool Cathedral.

In previous incarnations Richard was a researcher and author for Pevsner Architectural Guides, working on three volumes in the north, and before that the Secretary of SAVE Britain’s Heritage. He is a Trustee of the Ancient Monuments Society and the Spitalfields Trust, and a member of the SAVE casework committee.

Amir Ramezani

Amir is a director of Avanti Architects and trained as an architect and structural engineer.  Following his studies he worked for Antony Hunt Associates, Terry Farrell Partnership and Jestico & Whiles before joining Avanti Architects in 1994. During the past 20 years he has been responsible for a number of award-winning projects and high profile competition schemes across the arts and culture, education, residential, and commercial sectors.

Amir has extensive expertise in sustainable development, masterplanning, the design of new buildings and repair, alteration and adaptive reuse of listed and historic buildings and the development of innovative and holistic conservation and regeneration schemes.  Amir is also an assessor for the Civic Trust Awards.

Nigel Thorne

Nigel Thorne is a chartered landscape architect (a Fellow of the Landscape Institute) specialising in landscape management. He practices as an independent landscape consultant concentrating on contract administration and project implementation but also works part-time for a variety of award-winning landscape architectural practices based in London and across the UK.

Although trained in design, he concentrates on the important practicalities of comprehensive engagement with the design implementation process in order to maintain design integrity and to work collaboratively with contractors and suppliers to ensure the highest standards of workmanship.

He was elected president of the IFLA Europe at the beginning of 2010 and completed his second and final term in office at the end of 2013. He works and teaches both nationally and internationally and regularly gives talks, seminars and lectures in order to promote the work of the profession around the world.

Richard Upton

Richard Upton is the Founder and Chief Executive of Cathedral Group Plc – a mixed use property development company based in an 18th Century chapel at London Bridge.  In May 2014, Cathedral was acquired by Development Securities PLC, and Richard joined its main board. 

Richard has led Cathedral since its creation in 1998 as a part of Mount Anvil Plc a house builder he also founded. Richard has 25 years experience of mixed use development, involving many historic buildings and has lectured widely on the optimum use of public property for socio-economic growth.
Richard has been a Governor of Leisure Link, a not for profit provider of leisure services in the London Borough of Bexley, a Governor of Rose Bruford Drama College (where he held the position of Chair of Estates), a member of the Eltham Regeneration Board and currently sits on Historic England’s London Advisory Committee.

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