Our Speakers

Heritage Trust Network Conference 2021

HTN Chair & Conference Host

Liz Bates

HTN Chair

Liz is a specialist in heritage led regeneration and is a strong advocate for the contribution the Heritage Trust Network’s membership makes to the wider agenda for place-making, regeneration and wellbeing. Liz was Chief Executive Officer for Heritage Lincolnshire until 2019, and secured over £10 million for the charity’s work in bringing historic buildings back into use for the benefit of the community. She then worked for InvestSK, leading on the development of the Future High Street and High Street Heritage Action Zone bids for Grantham, before joining the National Lottery Heritage Fund as Head of Investment for the Midlands & East. Having being involved with the Heritage Trust Network since 2005 and continually inspired by its members, she joined the board in 2015 and was elected as Chair in 2018.

Day 1

Matthew McKeague

Chief Executive, Architectural Heritage Fund

Matthew has led AHF through a period of growth over the past three years, with the organisation launching new funds and partnerships across the UK, including the £7m Heritage Impact Fund and £15 Transforming Places through Heritage programme. Matthew joined the AHF from the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), where, as Director of Regeneration, he led a highly successful team developing innovative new uses for historic churches. Prior to this, he worked in the Regeneration Directorate of Lambeth Council and as a consultant for the regeneration and economic development consultancy, Shared Intelligence.

Day 1

Alan Carr

Senior Sustainability Advisor, Sustainability West Midlands

Alan advises and supports local authorities, businesses, community groups and other organisations across the West Midlands and helps to expand the portfolio of SWM’s existing successes.  This is achieved by managing and delivering complex projects, enabling stakeholder engagement opportunities, writing reports and strategies and promoting SWM as a leading sustainability organisation. This all contributes to the organisation’s aim: that The West Midlands is leading in contributing to the national target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 whilst addressing health inequality and driving inclusive growth.

Day 1

Member Case Study

Karen Chalk

Project Co-ordinator, Circus Eruption

“We are a young person centred charity with diversity inclusion, equality and fun at its heart.
We harness the energy and commitment of young people, volunteers and staff to create a safe, playful, accessible and creative environment, free from discrimination and prejudice.
We use circus skills as a vehicle to challenge self-perceived and imposed limits
enabling people to realise and believe in their own potential and the potential of others.

After some brilliant years in charity lets we needed more security than they can offer. The former St Luke’s church on Stepney Street, Cwmbrwla will soon become our forever home. It needs a bit of work to make it habitable – the roof is currently more hole-y than holy – and it will be a big project for us.”

Day 1

Martin Prince-Parrott

Director of Development + Architecture, SUB\URBAN WORKSHOP

Martin is responsible for acquiring and bringing forward their retrofit, new build and custom build development pipeline as well as leading on their placemaking, decarbonisation and repositioning real estate advisory.

Prior to establishing SUB\URBAN WORKSHOP Martin managed the development of a £165m GDV mixed use/residential portfolio comprised of BTR, Shared Living, Sale & Listed refurb.

Martin uses his award winning architectural experience to ensure that his developments are more than just buildings; they’re places. Places which elevate their contexts, physically, economically and socially.

Martin holds qualifications from the RIBA, The University of Nottingham, Harvard Business School and Aston Business School. Martin is also a member of the ULI Residential Council, a member of the Association of Corporate Governance Professionals, a Chartered Member of the RIBA and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Day 1

Member Case Study

Rachael Gildert & the Valley Heritage Team

“Valley Heritage believes the Valley’s past plays a significant part in our present and future. The forgotten buildings around us are part of our shared past and must have a role in our future. There is so much potential for our old buildings to be brought back to life, be important to communities once more, and full of people. Established in 2015, we’re a charitable organisation looking to bring a strategic approach to the preservation and promotion of our historic places.”

Rachael is a Landscape Architect with 18 years’ experience, working in and around the North West. Her projects have a strong community emphasis, seeking to find what makes a place distinctive and valuable to its community.

Day 1

Member Case Study

Nick Lindsay

Chair, Clyne Heritage Society

Clyne Heritage Society took over the management and day-to-day running of Brora Heritage Centre from Highland Council in 2016. Since then, not only have they dramatically increased visitor numbers but they have also developed plans to create a state of the art, new centre that will better serve local people and visitors, whilst also reviving the town’s historic school building. Set-backs during the Covid-19 pandemic have been numerous, but the group have worked tirelessly to push through and make the new centre happen. We will hear from the Society’s Chair, Nick Lindsay and possibly some new members of the team, about how their plans are coming together.

Day 1

Anj Handa

Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers

Named as one of Grant Thornton’s 100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy in 2018, described by i-news as ‘a bloody brilliant woman’ and winner of the AFSA Positive Action Award, Anj was recently recognised in Forbes as one of the ‘10 Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With’.

She is the Chair of Freedom Studios, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, and an Independent Governor of Leeds Arts University.

Anj is recognised as an authority on Good Governance and Inclusive Leadership, who places a focus on people dynamics. Creator of the Building Social Value Framework, she has a wealth of social change practices to share with you from within the arts and heritage sectors and beyond.

Day 2

Carol Pyrah

Executive Director, Historic Coventry Trust

Carol Pyrah joined Historic Coventry Trust in May 2019. A medieval archaeologist by training, Carol has a First Class honours degree from the University of York. She went on to work for the Council for British Archaeology – a national charity raising awareness and engagement in archaeology. Subsequently, Carol joined English Heritage as an Inspector of Historic Buildings before becoming Regional Director in the North East where she was instrumental in creation of a multi-organisation partnership to drive heritage-led regeneration in Berwick upon Tweed. Carol was part of the senior team designing and implementing a new model to split English Heritage into two – creating a self-sustaining charity looking after the national collection of over 400 historic sites, and a new public body (Historic England) to champion England’s heritage. Following the launch of Historic England, Carol became part of the Executive Team shaping the strategy and future of the organisation.

Day 2


Architectural Heritage Fund Workshops

Workshop 1: Re-Plan: lessons emerging from AHF’s business support service

Madeleine Blyth, Investment Manager

Madeleine supports AHF’s investment portfolio of charitable trusts, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, and community businesses, and their sustainable reuse of iconic buildings and spaces. Madeleine is responsible for RePlan, the AHF’s post-investment strategic support platform, and the social and environmental impact of our investments.

Workshop 2: From historic pub to community hub: Lessons from the Old King’s Head in Kirton

Session leader: Kelcey Wilson-Lee, Head of Programmes and Impact at the AHF

Panellists: Kate Dickson, Director of Creative Heritage Consultants

Greg Pickup, Chief Executive of Heritage Lincolnshire

This session will explore the conservation and reanimation of the Old King’s Head in Kirton, Lincolnshire, a sixteenth-century coaching inn restored and adapted by Heritage Lincolnshire into a community venue, pub and boutique hotel. We’ll take the project step-by-step, from its earliest phases through to completion and operation, and discuss some of the common challenges faced by the team leading this project, how these relate to other similar projects across the UK, and how these challenges can be overcome.

Our goal from this session is that attendees will leave armed with a better understanding of common pitfalls that can impact heritage regeneration projects, and how to solve them!

Day 2


City of Culture Team

Coventry UK City of Culture 2021

Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture began in May 2021 following delays due to Covid-19 restrictions. Despite this, the team have created an expansive programme of events that is bursting with creativity! “This is the city where movement began, from innovation in the transport industry to a history of activism. Our city has moved people for centuries. For a whole year, we will celebrate our city with events, music, dance, theatre, and large-scale spectacle. As well as these big celebrations, our city will show its unexpected side, with more intimate experiences and ways to get involved across every ward of the city. And it’s not just Coventry. This celebration will see the entire region get involved and benefit from the opportunities that being City of Culture brings.”

Day 2

Workshop: Troubleshoot with the Trustees

HTN Trustees

Join our trustees for a Q&A session, bring your queries on any and every topic relating to your project, to gain guidance and expertise from some of the most experienced heritage regeneration experts in the country.

Day 2

Workshop: Making your building environmentally sustainable, Q&A

Professor John Edwards MA, DipBldgCons, CEnv, FRICS, FCIOB, IHBC

Edwards Hart Consultants

A specialist practitioner as a Director of Edwards Hart Consultants and part time educator which includes his role as Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity St David. Developed with CITB’s National Construction College the only short course in retrofitting older buildings that achieves a qualification. Involved in the development of standards and guidance which includes leading in the development of BS7913 and co-authoring BSI standards for retrofit being a member of the steering groups producing PAS2030, PAS2035 and PAS2038. Prior to joining Edwards Hart in 2014, John was Assistant Director of Cadw.

John delivers training in Energy Efficiency Measures for Older and Traditional Buildings, in one of the few courses that delivers a qualification in this area. Find out more about the course here and look him out at our event to discuss further. Read John’s recently published article here: PAS 2038 and older buildings.

Day 2

Workshop: The Power of Networking

Fergus Rolfe and Laura Harbard

Fit For The Future

The Subject of Sustainability can often seem complex and daunting. As organisations start to develop targets and strategy it often raises the question of how do you start to take action?  How do you identify opportunities, find the best practical solutions, and implement them?

This practical session will demonstrate the power of networking and collaboration in achieving these aims across your heritage sites and wider communities.  Run by Fit for the Future – a sustainability network that connects people from more than 120 charities and heritage organisations – you’ll share challenges, ambitions and successes with peers and realise how much can be achieved by working together.

Session outcomes:

  1. To understand and harness the benefits of networking (connecting and working) with other organisations on sustainability projects
  2. To identify what you want and can offer when networking e.g. sharing resources, experience etc
  3. To become aware of sustainability work already undertaken by similar organisations and the range of potential solutions/ benefits

Day 2

Workshop: Combining heritage with health, wellbeing and social care

Lloyd Stacey

Managing Director, Riverside House

Riverside House is a particularly beautiful and ecologically diverse site in the historic heart of Stourbridge. This derelict, early 19th Century, ironworks, was part of a conglomerate that was amongst the largest in the UK. Over the next several years it will be transformed into a heritage centre with gardens, restaurant, crafts shop, woodland and workshops, but also a place where people feel included and bespoke opportunities are provided.

Lloyd has 15 years experience working with young people with complex special educational needs and developmental difficulties. This has been both as a qualified teacher and latterly in a managerial position. His particular area of expertise is in communicating and working with other people through project participation. “Social Capital is of primary importance for the growth and sustainability of organisations. When people work together they can achieve remarkable things.”

Day 3

Building Visit: The Weaver’s House

Tina Woodroffe

Chair, Spon End Building Preservation Trust

In Spon Street, one of the most historic streets in Coventry, a terrace of six cottages built in 1455 has been brought back to life. Now known as Black Swan Terrace, these buildings have been homes and workplaces for weavers, farm workers, watchmakers and workers in the cycle and motor industries, they have been used as a pub, shops, and workshops making cars and even an aeroplane.

The Weaver’s House
One of the cottages has been restored to show how it would have looked in 1540. This shows how John Croke, a Coventry narrow-loom weaver and his family would have lived and worked. You can also see a replica of the loom that he would have used.

Medieval Garden
At the back of the Weaver’s House is a medieval garden showing the plants that would have been grown for food, flavouring, medicine and household use.

Day 3

Walking Tour: City Centre Heritage Regeneration

Graham Tait

Assistant Director, Historic Coventry Trust

Graham is an archaeologist with a background in academic heritage,
conservation and archaeology. He has worked in local government and private practice ranging from archaeological work for Wessex Archaeology and community projects in Gloucestershire to running the Historic Environment Record at Devon County Council. He joined the Trust as Assistant Director in March 2019 from Coventry City Council, where he was Conservation & Archaeology Officer.
Graham recently completed an MA in Conservation of the Historic Environment at Birmingham City University.

Day 3

Walking Tour: Coventry’s Modernist and Post-war architecture

Catherine Croft

Director, The Twentieth Century Society

Catherine has been Director of the C20 Society for over ten years, and is Editor of the C20 magazine. Catherine read Architecture at Cambridge University, and did an MA in Material Culture & Architectural History in the USA, where she held a fellowship at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware. She has lectured to post graduate building conservation students throughout the UK, and is an alumna of the Architectural Association course. Prior to C20 Society she worked for English Heritage as a buildings inspector in London and the Midlands. Author of a book on Concrete Architecture, Catherine writes on contemporary as well as historic buildings, lectures internationally and  teaches a course on concrete for conservation professionals at West Dean College.

Day 3

Walking Tour: Charterhouse and London Road Cemetery

Hannah Jones

Charterhouse General Manager, Historic Coventry Trust

Hannah graduated with a BA(Hons) in Dance and Drama from the University of Surrey. Her career began in facilities management and security at various satellite sites at the BBC, eventually working at Television Centre in West London for 14 years. In 2002 she became Visitor Services Manager at Castle Howard near York, creating memorable visitor experiences which involved everything from food festivals to Father Christmas and archives to adventure playgrounds. Since 2016, Hannah worked as Site Manager at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon- Avon, a site that welcomed near 400,000 visitors a year.