Day School speakers

Richard Dean - IHBC Wales Branch Chairman

Richard DeanRichard Dean has practised as a Conservation Architect for over 35 years establishing his own practice in 1983, now Page & Dean Consulting, specialising in the conservation of historic buildings and landscapes.

Richard received a Distinction at Masters level from the Welsh School of Architecture, is a Fellow of the Royal Societies of Meteorology and of Health, and a member of the Ancient Monuments Society.

He is currently Chairman of the Wales Branch of IHBC having joined the ACO in 1991 becoming a full member of IHBC in 2000. He represents IHBC on the Heritage Minister’s Historic Environment Group (HEG) and is particularly involved in HEG sub-groups concerned with heritage skills training in Wales and climatic change and its effects on the historic environment.

As a RIBA member Richard also serves on the RIBA Conservation Register Steering Group and RIBA Conservation Architecture Group (CAG).

Over the years Richard has been responsible for a number of prestigious projects/works notably Zoar-Ynysgau Chapel (Merthyr Tydfil), Llantrisant Castle, the National Temple of Peace and Health (Cardiff), Great Milton Hall (Llanwern) and Tondu Engine House and Industrial Park (Bridgend).

Richard is married and lives with his wife and four children in a grade one listed large medieval church - Old St. Peter’s Llanbedr (founded 1142) near Cardiff where his practice is based, and which he is progressively conserving and adapting.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Judith Cligman - Heritage Lottery Fund, Director of Strategy and Business Development

Judy Cligman joined the HLF in 1996 as Deputy Director of Lottery, later becoming Deputy Director of Operations.

She graduated from London University in History and History of Art. An MA in Architectural History from the Courtauld Institute was followed by a year at the Courtauld Gallery.

She joined English Heritage and later Essex County Council as an historic buildings advisor. Awarded Postgraduate Diplomas in Management and more recently in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Landscapes (Architectural Association), she is also a former Chair of Stoke Newington Conservation Area Advisory Committee.

Judy is a Full Member of The Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation and Council Member of the Ancient Monuments Society.


Fred Taggart - The Prince's Regeneration Trust, Projects Director

The Prince's Regeneration TrustFred Taggert

Formerly the Director of Regeneration Through Heritage (an initiative established by HRH The Prince of Wales), now within The Prince’s Regeneration Trust. Fred qualified as a Town Planner and held posts with several English local authorities before moving to the London Borough of Hackney, one of London’s most economically disadvantaged boroughs, where, as Assistant Chief Executive, he was responsible for Strategic Policy and Regeneration.

Fred has managed regeneration projects promoting the re-use of heritage buildings, primarily by assisting community partnerships to develop projects, and supports projects worth £60 million. He has been a Board member of a major Housing Association, is Secretary of a voluntary advice centre in the multi-racial community of Brixton, and regularly writes and speaks on the regeneration of heritage industrial buildings. He is the author of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust Handbook which advises on steps required to rescue a heritage building.

Fred says: ‘‘In 1996 The Prince of Wales had the brilliant idea of creating an initiative to help community partnerships regenerate heritage buildings that were redundant or ‘at risk’. Regenerating heritage buildings wasn’t on anyone’s agenda at that time.

I was a London borough chief officer responsible for regeneration and strategic management, and was recruited for two years to set it up and I am involved to this day. I have worked with communities all over the United Kingdom and together we have conserved and regenerated all kinds of buildings, creating new jobs, homes, and community and education facilities.

I am constantly amazed by the untapped energy and enthusiasm in communities, and how much people care about their built environment, and how hard they will fight to save an old building they love. People have discovered that if they want to get something done they will probably have to do it themselves, and I have discovered that with encouragement and support they can tackle the most daunting building.

The Trust aims to share our skills and experience to empower more communities to regenerate the United Kingdom’s heritage buildings, and enable more people when confronted by official indifference, or doubt about their capability, to shout, ‘Yes we can!’. I can’t think of a better job.”

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John Edwards - English Heritage, Senior Building Surveyor


English HeritageJohn Edwards

John first undertook non-destructive surveying techniques and environmental monitoring of buildings in 1981. John has since worked on many different types of buildings including Castles, Cathedrals and grand country houses, industrial, office and retail as well as domestic scaled buildings within the UK and beyond.  John was Cardiff Castle Surveyor to the Fabric until 2008 and until recently was a lead tutor in the postgraduate conservation programme at the University of Reading, College of Estate Management. John is qualified in architectural conservation and building conservation at postgraduate level as well as RICS accredited in building conservation. John currently holds a senior professional position within the Conservation Department at English Heritage where he has a national remit. Amongst his wide range of responsibilities, John represents English Heritage at BSI and in the development of European Standards; latterly he has been involved in the European Standard on condition surveys, the British Standard on the cleaning and surface repair of buildings as well as the possible revision of BS7913: 1998: The Principles of the Conservation of Historic Buildings. In addition John leads on professional and craft skills, development, training and education which includes the validation of Master Craft Courses at West Dean College

Dr Nicholas Falk - Urbed, Founding Director


Nicholas Falk is an economist, strategic planner and urbanist.  Nicholas founded URBED in 1976 to offer practical solutions to urban regeneration and local economic development.  Over the last five years he has focused on new communities, the future of the suburbs, visions for historic town centres, and the reuse of old buildings. He has a particular interest in drawing lessons from European good practice. He is co-author of Building the 21st Century Home, the sustainable urban neighbourhood (which Heineman are republishing this year) and, New Life for Smaller Towns for the GLA.  Recent publications include Regeneration of European Cities, for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Cambridgeshire Quality Charter for Growth for Cambridgeshire Horizons (which was a finalist at the 2009 RTPI Planning Award), Beyond Eco-Towns with PRP and Design for Homes. In London he recently produced Over the Edge? Town centres and the economy for the North and West Strategic Alliances.
He has been involved in a number of major new housing schemes, including the new town of Northstowe in Cambridge and the urban extension of Houghton Regis North in Bedfordshire. He is currently working for East Cambridgeshire District Council on the Masterplan for the City of Ely. 
He has been appointed a Visiting Professor at the School of the Built Environment, University of the West of England and also an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism. He is an active member of the Urban Design Group and the Town and Country Planning Association.  He is on the Inspire East and IDeA Enabling Panels and is also a non executive board member of Harlow Renaissance Ltd.  

Research reports on the suburbs include City of Villages and the follow up good practice toolkit Tomorrow’s Suburbs for the Greater London Authority; Attitudes to Higher Density Housing and Neighbourhood Revival; towards more sustainable suburbs in the South East for the South East England Regional Assembly, as well as numerous articles in journals and edited Built Environment’s special edition Towards Sustainable Suburbs. 

1973-1976 London School of Economics: PhD (Planning and Development of London Docklands)
1967-1969 Stanford Graduate School of Business: MBA - Harkness Fellow
1961-1964 University College Oxford: BA (Hons) Philosophy Politics & Economics

1976-present URBED, Founding Director
1969–72 McKinsey and Company, Management Consultant
1964–67 Ford Motor Company UK, Product and Market Development Analyst
Selected Publications:
Beyond Eco-towns, PRP 2008
Over the edge? Town Centres and the London economy – North and West London Strategic Alliance, 2008
Cambridgeshire Quality Charter for Growth - Cambridgeshire Horizons, 2008
Regeneration in European Cities: Making Connections - Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2008
Making Connections with European Cities - Town and Country Planning, 2008
Eco Towns: Learning from best practice –ASC, 2008
Towards Sustainable Suburbs – Built Environment, Alexandrine Press, 2006
Better Neighbourhoods: Making higher densities work – CABE, 2005
Tools for Making London’s Suburbs More Sustainable – Greater London Authority, 2004
Neighbourhood Revival: Towards More Sustainable Suburbs – South East England Regional Assembly, 2004
A City of Villages – Greater London Authority, 2002
Partners in Urban Renaissance – ODPM, 2002 
Living Places, Urban Renaissance in the South East - Stationery Office, 2000
New Uses for Old Industrial Buildings, in Conservation and Regeneration - ed. Michael Stratton, Spon, 2000
Building the 21st Century Home (with David Rudlin) - The Architectural Press, 1999
New Life for Smaller Towns - URBED/ Action for Market Towns, 1999
Town Centre Partnerships: Organisation and Resourcing - Stationery Office, 1997
Building to Last: 21st Century Homes - Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 1995
Vital and Viable Town Centres: Meeting the Challenge - HMSO, 1994


Tony Burton - Civic Voice, Director

Civic Voice

Tony Burton is Director of Civic Voice – the new national charity for the civic movement and its network of hundreds of volunteer led and community based civic societies across England.  We work to make the places where everyone lives more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive and to promote civic pride.   He has over 20 years experience in voluntary conservation and environmental organisations and community campaigning.
Tony was previously the National Trust’s Executive Board member responsible for Strategy and External Affairs for 8 years and left the Campaign to Protect Rural England after 13 years in 2001 as Deputy Director.
Tony has been Chair of Wildlife and Countryside Link and a founder trustee of Heritage Link – the two main voluntary sector liaison bodies – and was a member of Richard Rogers’ Urban Task Force.  Tony is a member of the Government’s Planning Sounding Board.  He has a strong track record in national campaigning and lobbying.  Tony is a geographer, town planner and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Phil Roach - Property and Building Conservation, Pembrokeshire Coast NPA, Head of Projects

Pembrokeshire Coast national park Authority

Phil is a Chartered Surveyor, with over 25 years experience in both the public and private sectors.

In addition to his B.Sc, Phil has Post Graduate Diplomas in Architectural Conservation, Project Management and an MBA, and has been awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales for his services to Welsh Architecture.

He works as Head of Projects, Property and Building Conservation for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

Jim MacDonald Architecture + Design Scotland, Chief Executive

Architecture+Design Scotland

Jim MacDonald  is a Graduate of Edinburgh University and UCL, London. He is a Full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, has an MPhil in Town Planning and holds the Diploma in Management. Jim joined A+DS from Historic Scotland, prior to this he has worked with Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council and the City of Westminster Council.


Rob Cowan - Urban Design Skills, Director

Urban Design Skills

Rob CowanRob is the UK’s most experienced urban design trainer and author of design guidance. With his colleagues at UDS he has originated three influential and widely used urban design methods: the Placecheck method of urban design audit; the urban design skills appraisal method Capacitycheck; and the design appraisal method Qualityreviewer. Rob was a special advisor to the House of Commons ODPM Committee.

His many publications include The Dictionary of Urbanism.