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David MacDonald

David McDonald is a heritage consultant, specialising in training other built environment professionals. He was, until late 2011 Conservation and Design Team Leader at the Royal Borough Kensington, a post he held for over twenty years. David previously worked as a town planner at the London Borough of Camden during which time he completed the Diploma in Conservation at the Architectural Association. Formerly a member of the Association of Conservation Officers, he joined the IHBC at its inception and has been Chair of its London Branch since 2004.

email: chair@ihbc.org.uk

Lone Le Vay
Vice Chair

Lone Le Vay is a retired chartered architect who worked primarily in the public sector providing specialist conservation, design and urban design advice. She most recently managed the Design and Historic Environment team at Chichester District Council and is a Fellow of the RSA.

email: vicechair@ihbc.org.uk

Jo Evans

Jo Evans is an associate director at WYG Consulting and has held a number of conservation posts in local authorities in Surrey and Hampshire. She was chair of the IHBC from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that she was the membership secretary and the chair of the Membership & Ethics Committee, following on from holding posts on branch and other national committees.

email: ihbcsecretary@ihbc.org.uk

Jill Kerry

Jill Kerry BSc DAAS IHBC is a chartered architect and has worked exclusively in conservation for over 20 years. After working in the public sector as a senior conservation architect she now works freelance in the private sector. She is ‚Äčalso ‚Äča trustee of the Ulster Historic Churches Trust.

email: treasurer@ihbc.org.uk

Andrew Shepherd
Chair of Membership and Ethics Committee

Andrew Shepherd is the Principal of Andrew Shepherd, Architect, Sheffield. A Chartered Architect and surveyor, he also has a postgraduate diploma in building conservation. His projects over the past 40 years include Grade I listed buildings and Scheduled Ancient Monuments. He is an Inspecting Architect on the approved list of Architects for the Anglican Dioceses of Leeds, Derby, Sheffield and Southwell and is a former Parsonage Houses Surveyor in the Diocese of Sheffield. He was involved in the setting up of the Edinburgh Group and Caseworker for SPAB, having formerly served as a member of their Guardians’ Committee. He is a member of the ICOMOS-UK Education Committee.

He has thirty years’ experience of dispute resolution, Expert Witness in Building Defects, Professional Negligence and other construction related disputes having acted as Arbitrator, Mediator and Conciliator in building disputes.

He has extensive teaching experience, in the UK, notably on the Architectural Association Postgraduate Building Conservation Course 2008 -15 (latterly the Director 2008-15), and abroad. He has been involved in heritage training programmes in Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzogovina, Serbia, Albania and Transylvania in Romania, including 2-week courses by young professionals and students where he lectured in the mornings followed by practical work under the direction of local master craftsmen (Transylvania Trust and Cultural Heritage Without Borders – both Europa Nostra winners).

Andrew is a Past President, Secretary and Education Officer of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and was Past Convenor of Conservation Courses Directors' Forum for all UK Postgraduate Conservation Courses.

email: membership@ihbc.org.uk

Dave Chetwyn
Chair of Communications and Outreach Committee

Dave Chetwyn MA, MRTPI, IHBC, FInstLM is Managing Director/Partner of Urban Vision Enterprise CIC, a social enterprise providing professional services in planning, regeneration and community-led development. He is also Managing Director of D2H Land Planning Development Limited. Dave is a Design Council Built Environment Expert, an Associate of the Consultation Institute and a member of the National Planning Forum board of Directors.

Former roles include Head of Planning Aid England, Chair of the Historic Towns Forum (UK membership body), Chair of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (UK professional body) and a team leader in local Government. He has also been a consultant heritage specialist for Crossrail Thames Tunnels section and has acted as a neighbourhood plan independent examiner.

Dave is the author of the Locality Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap Guide and other Locality guidance on neighbourhood planning and community-led development. He drafted parts of BS7913 (Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings).

Dave has advised various Government organisations, working groups, reviews and Parliamentary select committees on planning, regeneration, economic development, heritage, urban design, and community engagement. He has extensive leadership and management experience with UK, national and local organisations and a strong track record in third-sector organisational development.

email: communications@ihbc.org.uk

Shantanu Subramaniam

Shantanu Subramaniam has worked within the Heritage sector since 2012. Graduating as an architect in India, he went on to pursue his masters in Archaeology before working as a Conservation Architect in his native city of Mumbai. He was awarded the Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship and travelled to Edinburgh where he completed his MSc in Architectural Conservation.

Since 2017 he has been working as a Heritage Consultant in London and has been involved in a wide range of projects across the country. Shantanu’s primary interests lie in heritage planning policy and the integration of sustainable design strategies within listed buildings.


Sarah Khan is an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC), as well as accredited with the RIBA as a Specialist Conservation Architect. I have worked at Roger Mears Architects (RMA) since 2007 and have been a Practice Partner since 2015. RMA has a strong track record of working in Conservation, something I am deeply passionate about.

Crispin Edwards

Crispin Edwards has worked in heritage for over 25 years, principally for local authorities and Historic England, where he currently advises on heritage designations. He holds a postgraduate certificate in the archaeology of standing buildings, and the NOCN Level 3 award in energy efficiency measures for older and traditional buildings. He has been a full member of the IHBC since 2012, since when he has been a Trustee. He is also vice-chair for the North West branch and co-ordinates the IHBC’s Green Panel, which provides the Policy Committee with comments and advice on sustainability matters.

January 2024

Sheila Stones

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Joanna Saady

Joanna Saady After qualifying as a Chartered Architect, Joanna became an early pioneer of green building, joining the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) in 1995 and serving on the board as a trustee for six years. With an MSC in Energy-efficient Building and a Postgraduate in Conservation of the Historic Environment, Jo is passionate about heritage buildings and the environment.

Jo is the Director of her own company Ecotecture founded over 20 years ago. Ecotecture is a strong ethical practice, with a vision for an exciting future that embraces heritage while simultaneously addressing the urgent need to combat climate change.

November 2023

Anna Grant
Scotland Representative

Anna Grant
Anna is a chartered town planner currently working at the City of Edinburgh Council. She is a history graduate from the University of Edinburgh where she specialised in urban and architectural history and built on this interest by completing a Masters in European Urban Conservation at Dundee. Her career has focussed on a range of conservation work including heritage planning policy, conservation area character appraisals, training and running grant schemes. In particular, she was the principal planner for the listed buildings team within Edinburgh for several years. Anna is also on the Board of Trustees for the Gracemount Mansion project in Edinburgh to bring back a building at risk into community use.

Northern Ireland Representative

Desmond Cairns is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and CIAT Accredited Conservationist. He has been in private architectural practice since 1984, and currently runs a small rural practice which splits its time between conservation on the Island of Ireland and industrial work on NI and Cheshire, in addition to a patchwork of other interesting projects including acting as an advisor for the Lurgan townscape Heritage project and part of the panel for the Church of Ireland Diocese of Connor. He particularly enjoys working with Churches to rethink their vision, and has been referenced in the book ‘Irish Anglicanism 1969-2019‘ regarding appropriate intervention for contemporary worship.

December 2023

Wales Representative

Peter Wood is a Principal Planning Officer working for Conwy Council, North Wales, as team leader of the Enforcement and Conservation function. He started work as a trainee planner with CCBC nearly twenty years ago, soon completing his Masters in Town and Country Planning via distance learning, progressing to his present post in the following years. Though a member of the RTPI for fifteen years, he is a more recent member of the IHBC, reflecting a need in these challenging times for all officers to diversify and take on additional responsibilities. Peter has particular interest in enforcement as it relates to protection of our historic environment, providing a link between the IHBC and NAPE, the RTPI’s enforcement officer network.

December 2023

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