Meet our team of staff and volunteers...
Richard Fletcher-Vane, 2nd Baron Inglewood
The Lord Inglewood MRICS is the Society’s President. He is a former heritage minister and his family home is the Grade I listed historic house of Hutton-in-the-Forest, Cumbria.
Liz Power - Director
Liz Power joined Historic Buildings & Places in February 2023. She has worked in Museum and heritage all of her professional life, most recently as the Director of the London Museum of Water & Steam in Brentford, West London, where she was responsible for 17 listed buildings. She understands well the challenges of working and caring for such important landmarks, as well as the challenges of working to make such buildings work in the face of the climate emergency.
When Liz is not working, she is proud to be the Chair of Young Lewisham Project, a grass roots young people’s charity, a trustee of AIM (Association of Independent Museums), an enthusiastic, if not very skilful, Baritone horn player in her local brass band, and slow runner. Liz lives in Lewisham with her husband and three children.
Ross Anthony – Secular Caseworker
Ross is Historic Buildings & Places’ Secular Caseworker, having joined the Society in August 2020. He has previously was the national planning and policy advisor for the Theatres Trust, an advisory body to the DCMS and a statutory consultee in the planning system, working to protect and adapt a broad spectrum of historic and modern theatre and cultural buildings across England, Scotland, and Wales. He enjoys the diversity of casework that falls within the HBAP remit, particularly the more humble and often overlooked unlisted gems that need a friend to make sure that all historic buildings are recognised for their contribution to our cultural identity and sense of place.
Matthew Saunders – Ecclesiastical Caseworker
Matthew was Secretary of the Ancient Monuments Society, the predecessor body to Historic Buildings & Places, from 1977 to 2018. As a former Director of The Friends of Friendless Churches, he knows the power of an historic church to impress and to move and relishes helping Historic Buildings & Places contest proposals which threaten listed places of worship with demolition and unsympathetic alteration.
Christina Avramakis – Membership & Finance Manager
Christina joined the team in February 2022 as the new Membership & Finance Manager. She has a BA in Classics from the University of Durham, an MA in Museum Studies from Leicester University, and over 10 years of work experience within the museums and heritage sector, including roles at Bentley Priory Museum and the Museum of English Rural Life.
Stefanie Turza – Marketing and Communications Officer
Stefanie joined the team in April 2021 to help work on the Society’s new marketing and social media strategies as well as helping update the website, magazine and social media platforms. She has previously worked at GPAD and Fletcher Priest Architects as Marketing and Communications Coordinator, and at The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, working within a number of roles including communications and project support.
Paul Holden - Editor
Paul is the editor of the HB&P member’s magazine, Heritage Now, and the Journal of Historic Buildings & Places. He is also a freelance heritage professional and architectural historian. Paul is chairman of the Truro Diocese Advisory Committee, vice-chair of Truro Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee, member of the Cornwall Design Review Panel and President of the Cornwall Family History Society and the James M MacLaren Society.
Trustees and HB&P Board
Giles Quarme - Chairman
Giles is the principal of the award-winning Giles Quarme Architects, which specialises in the repair and alteration of historic buildings and the construction of historically-detailed modern buildings. It has worked on projects for the Royal Household, the V&A, the British Museum and many country houses, including Chilham Castle and Glynde Place. Originally qualified as an art historian, he retrained as an architect and has worked as such for over 20 years. Giles was a member of English Heritage’s London Advisory Committee and a former Trustee of the Georgian Group for over 15 years.
Anthony Peers - Deputy Chairman
Anthony is an architectural historian and works as a consultant, teaching, lecturing and providing guidance to those planning the repair, alteration and extension of historic buildings. Anthony’s interests in the field are broad ranging – from farm buildings, and their adaptation, to the colonial buildings of India. In his rich and varied career he has worked at SAVE Britain’s Heritage, Historic England, the DTI in Mumbai, India, and as Rodney Melville & Partners’ historian. Anthony’s book on the history of Birmingham Town Hall was published in 2012 to much critical acclaim – it is one of the seven British ‘projects’ cited in the European Union’s 2013 Europa Nostra Awards. He sits on the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s Collections and Learning Committee.
Kathleen Fishwick - Hon. Secretary
Kathy has a background in Fine Arts and has worked within the secondary school and further education sectors, including the Worker’s Education Association. She has represented Historic Buildings & Places at several Public Inquiries, as well as Assessor on regional and national regeneration competitions and represents Historic Buildings & Places on Manchester City Council’s Conservation Panel. Kathy has a long-standing involvement with the Civic Society movement, and is currently Chair of the North West Association of Civic Trusts and Societies, continuing to campaign for a future for significant buildings, particularly vernacular, and industrial in often overlooked localities.
Leslie Du Cane - Hon. Treasurer
Leslie qualified as a chartered accountant, and has spent most of his working life working for charities and in the voluntary sector. He has been associated with the governance of what is now Historic Buildings & Places for more than 40 years, and is currently its Hon. Treasurer. He is also both Deputy Governor of The French Hospital, a Huguenot almshouse charity, and a trustee of the Huguenot Society. He enjoys family and local history research, Scotland, and open water swimming. He and his wife Alison are fortunate to live in an C18th house by the River Thames in Hammersmith.
Members of the Board
Giles brings valuable expertise to Historic Buildings & Places from his career in the financial sector. Working for the Bank of England from 1986 to 1998, he joined KPMG in 1998, working on financial services regulation, and became a Partner in 2009. Alongside his financial experience, Giles studied History of Art at both undergraduate and post-graduate level, and has actively continued his interests in the fine and decorative arts and architectural history.
Jill is an independent historic building and architectural glass consultant with professional experience of developing policy, operating and reconciling the ecclesiastical and secular historic building statutory systems in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Currently a member of the Church Buildings Council, its Statutory Advisory and Stained Glass Committees, the Wells Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee, she is National Amenity Societies’ nominee on the Bath and Wells and Salisbury Diocesan Advisory Committees, a board member of the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation and Trustee of the St Andrew’s Conservation Trust. Jill is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.
Edward studied history and archaeology at Oxford, followed by a Junior Research Fellowship at Oriel College. He then worked for the Royal Palaces Agency, and was Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces from 1997 to 2002. Until 2013 he was an Executive Board Director of English Heritage (as was), latterly Director of Heritage Protection and Planning, responsible among other things for the Inspectorate and the Designation and Conservation Departments. He is now Director General and Master of the Royal Armouries, based at the Tower of London, Portsmouth and Leeds, but remains active in historic buildings research.
Bob has been professionally involved in front-line management for over 40 years in the public, private and voluntary heritage sectors, and runs his own heritage consultancy. He has particular experience with the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, serving on its Council, Policy and Education Committees. He is currently a member of the SPAB Casework Panel, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich DAC, the RIBA Suffolk Design Review Panel, and is one of the four consultant editors of the international Journal of Architectural Conservation. He was awarded the MBE for services to historic building conservation in 1999.
Carole brings a multitalented skillset from a diverse background, specialising in Archaeology, Building Conservation and Historical studies, and Building Surveying. A member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology, the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Carole has written a number of articles on vernacular architecture and historic farm buildings. She was previously Senior Lecturer in the School of Conservation Sciences at Bournemouth University and Director of the MSc. in Building Conservation and is currently a traditional buildings consultant. She is also the author of two books – Traditional Construction for a Sustainable Future, and Farm and Rural Building Conversion, A Guide to Conservation, Sustainability and Economy.
Phil has worked as a freelance architectural historian, musician, writer, and educationalist across England, Wales, and Scotland, and has been, and still is, variously Chairman, Secretary and trustee of a number of Building Preservation Trusts, and has played an active role in rescuing several historic churches and giving them new uses. In 2001 he was appointed Church Buildings Officer and Secretary to York Diocesan Advisory Committee, of which he had been a member since 1993. In 2016 he relinquished both positions to become Church Buildings Advisor and Senior Advisor to the DAC. Phil is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales and a regular lecturer on architectural and design matters.