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Detailed Programme

Our Speakers
Conference timings:

Tuesday 3 Oct: Registration from 9.15am. Conference starts 10am. Ends 5.30pm

Wednesday 4 Oct: Registration from 9.00am. Conference starts at 9.30am. Ends 4.30pm. Followed by Heritage Trust Network AGM for those who wish to attend. This will finish by 5.30pm.

A future for all our pasts

Helping our members save the UK’s heritage assets.

Trustees & Staff

Heritage Trust Network is run by a Board of Trustees, with the support of a very small central team of paid staff. Our Trustees are all professional volunteers working in the heritage sector, with a passion for, and extensive knowledge of, community-led historic building preservation and regeneration.

Sarah McLeod


Sarah McLeod successfully run her own environmental marketing and public relations agency IEM, specialising in developing environmental education projects for school groups on petrochemical refineries and terminals.

David Trevis-Smith

Chair Emeritus

David had been Midlands Area representative on Heritage Trust Network national committee since 2008, before becoming Chair in 2009. He completed his five year term in 2014 and becomes Chair Emeritus, retaining his position on the Executive Committee for one year.

Brenda Turnbull


Brenda Turnbull is the Chief Officer of the Lagan Navigation Trust, founded in 2009, whose main objective is to reopen the Lagan Navigation from Belfast Harbour to Lough Neagh. Brenda has worked in property development in both the public and private sectors and in urban and rural regeneration for many years.

Jeremy Fenn


Jeremy has worked at the Heritage Lottery Fund for over 17 years. He has experience of most of HLF’s grant programmes and has monitored BPT and townscapes projects across the South West, Wales and East Midlands.

Judith Martin


Judith was chair of the South East area for several years, representing the area on the Heritage Trust Network national committee, before ceding the chair to Diana Beattie while moving across to become a member of the Executive in 2014.

Martin Hulse


Martin is a Project Manager working in regeneration with specialisms in heritage, sustainability and the implementation of public art. He has worked in the public, private and third sector and now focuses on the work of building preservation trusts and champions the role of small charitable organisations in making a big impact.

Liz Bates


Liz has worked in historic building conservation for 15 years and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Lincolnshire in 2013. She is a full member of the IHBC; has project managed the repair and re-use of three historic buildings at risk; and has a wide experience of area grant schemes.

Tszwai So


Tszwai So is an award-winning architect who co-founded emerging practice based in London. He was taught by Sarah McLeod while studying at Cambridge University. Tszwai is also a published architectural
historian who is an authority on Victorian architect George Truefitt (1824-1902) and Wooden Church Heritage in Belarus.

Vicki Cox

Membership Officer

Vicki has a real passion for the work of BPTs. Having volunteered at Birmingham Conservation Trust’s ‘Coffin Works’, she understands the importance of trusts’ work post completion as well as in the early stages and is keen to increase Heritage Trust Network’s role in this area.

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Heritage Trust Network Conference 2018

The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas.

They are the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK.

Where a building is listed, scheduled, or within a conservation area or of acknowledged historic merit – and potentially involves a change of ownership and/or use – they can help with advice, development grants or loans. Could your project be next?

The AHF can offer advice, grants and loans to projects that have the potential to deliver substantial social and economic benefits where they are needed most.

The AHF are the principal sponsor of this conference and the team will be out in force, running advice surgeries both days.

Buttress is an AJ100 architectural practice which has been providing award-winning services to the heritage sector for more than 30 years. The practice’s team includes conservation accredited architects and a heritage consultant; offering a full service from stand-alone historic research and analysis, condition surveys and conservation plans, to fully integrated architectural design services.

Our approach to all heritage and conservation work is underpinned by a belief in the positive development of our built heritage, and where we work with beautiful listed buildings and historic places we add to them, restore and conserve them with a sound understanding of what makes them special in the first place.

We are keen advocates for the development and preservation of heritage skills within the industry, and recognise the important role young people play in ensuring a sustainable future for the historic environment. For these reasons, we are pleased to be sponsoring the student and youth bursary scheme at the conference where we will also be exhibiting.

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Hayes Parsons is an insurance and risk management company. We work with a number of heritage sites and museums and understand the unusual needs of Building Preservation Trusts.

Hayes Parsons are sponsoring the drinks at the conference dinner at 1884 Dock Street Kitchen (they will be popular!) They will also have a presence at the conference. Please visit them in the Exhibition Area or attend an Information Share Session.

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For seven decades, Purcell has been making sure that our clients’ buildings are designed for use today and for future generations. Purcell is one family of many experts: conservation architects, designers, heritage leaders and specialist consultants.

Our key services include: buildings at risk, conservation and historic building advice, conservation management plans, grant and funding advice, heritage impact appraisals, heritage reports and assessments, planning guidance and townscape and area appraisals.

Purcell will have a presence at conference. Please visit in the Exhibition Area or attend our Information Share Session.

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Donald Insall Associates is a leading conservation architecture practice and historic buildings consultants.  We have nearly 60 years of experience in the care, repair and adaptation of historic buildings and places, together with designing new buildings for sensitive sites.  We are pioneers in approaching conservation as a catalyst for regeneration and renewal, and use expertise and deep-rooted understanding of historic buildings to guide and support the new interventions.

Our positive and proactive approach towards managing change in the historic environment has helped Trusts and others achieve award-winning success.

We are sponsoring the conference poet!

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Christians provide a wide range of measured land and building survey services throughout the UK. Specialising in the surveying, recording & documentation of historic buildings and heritage projects we bring a proactive approach and new technologies to providing our clients new levels of data and information to aid in the protection, management  & restoration of the UK’s greatest assets.

Christians will have a presence at conference to show what is achievable with today’s technology and what we can look forward to in the very near future.  Please come and visit us in the Exhibition Area, or attend our Information share session on Reality Capture & Heritage BIM.

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Gleeds is a leading global property and construction consultancy, employing over 1,700 people across 68 offices and 20 countries. With experience in virtually every sector, we bring diverse capability and specialist knowledge to each and every project. We help businesses and investors achieve the best value from their assets by providing advice that’s reassuringly free from conflict of interest. With over 30 years’ experience in our heritage team, we have the skills and knowledge for preserving historic and cultural buildings. Our experience of listed buildings, specialist building techniques and procurement knowledge enables our experts to develop robust project proposals, set realistic programmes and establish sound budgets.

Gleeds will have a presence at conference. Please come and visit us in the Exhibition Area.

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CT: Accountants Advisers is an independent accountancy firm based in Glasgow, London and Inverness. They have a heritage of over 130 years providing technical support on accounting and tax matters across a range of sectors and services. The partnership consists of over 120 staff and ten partners who also provide niche services such as addressing specialised VAT queries, offering an outsourced payroll function and giving independent examination help to small charities.

CT: Accountants Advisers will be offering an Information Share  session on Wednesday.

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