Canal & River Trust launches Cultural Heritage Advisory Group

Published: Friday, 16 April 2021

THE Canal & River Trust, has confirmed appointments to a new Cultural Heritage Advisory Group.

The trust states the group will support the trust in combining effective conservation and interpretation of the built and cultural heritage of the waterways, with promoting their use, enjoyment and value for wellbeing. It will provide the Trust’s management with specialist advice and guidance.

Eight experts

Eight unpaid volunteer experts from the cultural heritage field have been appointed to the newly formed group, to be chaired by architectural historian Nigel Barker-Mills. They have been appointed for an initial term of up to three years.

The group will collaborate with other trust advisory groups; and will have a forward plan for topics which members will help shape to ensure that key challenges of relevance to the trust in the field are addressed.

Charged with protecting and conserving

Richard Parry, Chief Executive at Canal & River Trust, explained:

“Waterways are part of the fabric of our nation and remain amongst the finest examples of industrial heritage in the world. The trust is charged with protecting and conserving this heritage for future generations. At the same time, we must ensure that we are meeting the needs of the boaters and communities who use, live and work alongside our waterways—realising the unique health and wellbeing benefits they offer.

"The impressive wealth of skills and experience that the Group bring with them will prove invaluable in meeting this challenge.”

The members

Nigel Barker-Mills, Chairman, is an architectural historian, with a lifelong interest in the built environment. From early visits to the historic buildings in the Wye Valley as a child he developed his interest into a career, listing buildings and then advising on their management and repair culminating in the role of Historic England Planning Director for London.

David Rudlin

David is a director of the urban design practice URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design), past chairman of the Academy of Urbanism and Honorary Professor at Manchester University. He was one of the principal authors of the UK's National Model Design Code published in January 2021 and, in 2014, was the winner of the Wolfson Economics Prize.

Jennifer Hagan

Jennifer’s career has centered around cultural heritage, straddling academia and the not-for-profit sector. She completed a PhD with Teesside University in 2014 on the sustainability of cultural heritage volunteering, which included ethnographic fieldwork for the RSPB, which led to appointment with Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, researching the wellbeing impacts of nature-based volunteering.

Elizabeth Adams

Elizabeth holds a Diploma in Architecture from the Architectural Association (AADip) and is a registered architect with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). She is a chartered member of the RIBA with over 30 years’ experience of working in architectural practice in London. Elizabeth is a founding director of the award-winning Adams & Sutherland Ltd, an architectural practice specialising in working on urban and regeneration projects across London and projects for the public sector.

Lizzie Glithero-West

Lizzie has been the Chief Executive of The Heritage Alliance since 2016. Her previous career has been mainly in the civil service and she has expert knowledge of a wide range of policy areas including archaeology, heritage protection, museums and tourism. Lizzie has also spent time as Private Secretary to Culture Ministers and the Permanent Secretary, as Head of Logistics at DCMS at the time of the General Election, and on secondment to English Heritage and to the National Museum Directors’ Council.

Neil Redfern

Neil Redfern is the Executive Director of the Council for British Archaeology, an independent charity, that brings together members, supporters and partners to give archaeology a voice, champion participation and safeguard archaeology for future generations. He has previously worked for Historic England in York for 18 Years as Development Advice Team Leader and was responsible for the delivery of Historic England’s statutory advice on planning, listed building and scheduled monument consent applications in Yorkshire.

Nigel Crowe

Dr Nigel Crowe holds qualifications in historic conservation and architectural history and has worked in the heritage field for over 30 years. After working for English Heritage in the 1980s, he joined British Waterways as its first Heritage Officer and became Head of Heritage both for British Waterways and then the Trust. He is still involved with waterways heritage and is supporting the securing of England's first nationwide Listed Building Consent Order, which he pioneered for the trust.

Rebecca Madgin

Rebecca is the Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow. Rebecca’s work explores the emotional value of historic places in the context of urban redevelopment initiatives in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Sandra Stancliffe

Sandra has worked in the field of heritage learning and community engagement for 30 years. She is currently working at Historic England, the Public Body which advises on the conservation and protection of the historic environment in England. She leads the Education, Inclusion and Community Engagement and her brief is to ensure that as many people as possible have a stake in looking after our built heritage.