Our Board

Card image cap

Philip Davies, Chair

An international heritage and planning consultant and former Planning and Development Director at English Heritage. A best-selling author, and expert on the architectural heritage of the Commonwealth, he has travelled worldwide providing guidance on the conservation of the UKs shared heritage.

Card image cap

Francis Maude, Deputy Chair

An architect and conservation specialist. His many projects have included the Palace of Westminster and the Temperate House at Kew (both World Heritage sites), as well as the Parliament and President’s House in Trinidad, the Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior, India and the City Hall in Georgetown, Guyana.

Card image cap

Geoffrey Rice, Hon. Treasurer

He is a retired company secretary. After a career spent largely in the investment trust sector, his retirement roles include acting as secretary, treasurer or examiner for a number of charities and voluntary groups. History and the built environment are particular interests.

Card image cap

Lucy Denton

An architectural historian and writer with twenty years’ experience in the arts and heritage sectors. She has worked for Sotheby’s and written for Country Life. Her research at various historic sites has unearthed evidence which has transformed their understanding and interpretation.

Card image cap

Rowenna Wood

An Associate and Heritage Consultant at Purcell. Projects include work for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in north-east India and a Heritage Strategy for South Georgia. Her academic work explored the history of monument conservation and the re-presentation of museums in India.

Card image cap

Nicolette Duckham

An architectural historian who has over 30 years experience in the heritage sector and as a building conservation officer in London and Cape Town. She wrote her thesis on the domestic work of Sir Herbert Baker, which was inspired by her mother's work as an artist and architectural historian in South Africa.

Card image cap

Peregrine Bryant

Chairman of the Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica and vice-chairman of the UK Georgian Group. A leading conservation architect, he started his own practice in 1994 after working with Jeremy and Patricia Benson. He is an expert in the historic buildings of Jamaica, which he visits regularly.

Card image cap

Rachel Tranter

An experienced director of heritage, arts and culture with specialisms in capital projects for listed buildings, fundraising and education. Formerly Head of Arts for the LB of Richmond upon Thames, currently she is the Director for GEM, the Group for Education in Museums, and Development and Projects Manager at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

Card image cap

Robbie Kerr

A director of the leading classical and traditional architecture and urban design practice, ADAM Architecture. Robbie has experience of designing and leading projects for new private residences, public buildings, conservation and restoration projects, major new master plans plus international work in Nigeria, Cuba and other countries.

Card image cap

Giles Quarme

The principal of Giles Quarme Architects, a leading practice specialising in the conservation of historic buildings. Giles has worked on major historic buildings in Britain and the Commonwealth. He is chairman of the Ancient Monuments Society and a former Trustee of the Georgian Group, ICOMOS UK, SAVE Britain’s Heritage and English Heritage’s London Advisory Committee.

Card image cap

Elsie Owusu OBE

Elsie Owusu, Principal of Elsie Owusu Architects Ltd., is a Ghanaian-British architect, urban planner, conservationist and Founding Chair of the Society of Black Architects.  Elsie’s past projects include the roles of co-lead architect on the UK Supreme Court and London’s Green Park Station. Current projects include an eco-masterplan in Apowa-Takoradi Ghana, an arts complex in Lagos for the eminent artist Yinka Shonibare CBE and passive-eco homes in Sussex, UK.

A runner-up for RIBA President in 2018, Elsie was re-elected to the RIBA National Council. In 2003, she was honoured by HM The Queen for services to architecture. Chair, International Advisory Committee.

Our Patron, H.E. Sir Rodney Williams

H.E. Sir Rodney Williams is presently serving as Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda. A medical doctor by profession, he was a former Member of Parliament and minister of government. Sir Rodney has been appointed a Knight Grand Cross of St. Michael and St. George and a Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem and a Patron of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Global Giving Week.

In 2019 he was presented with the prestigious UWI Pelican Award, an Honorary Doctorate from the St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a Professorship from the Kazakh-Russian Medical University Academic Council and the highly regarded Freedom to the City of London. Along with his wife, Lady Sandra Williams, they serve as patrons of thirty-three charitable organisations. Sir Rodney presently serves as the Chairman of the Heritage Trust (Antigua and Barbuda) Inc.

Our International Advisory Committee

Card image cap

Rudylynn de Four Roberts

Chair of ICOMOS Trinidad and Tobago National Committee since 2012 and President of the Citizens for Conservation, Trinidad & Tobago since 2009, Rudylynn is a registered architect and a member of the Caribbean Heritage Network.

Formerly a member (1993-1999) of the Board of Architecture Trinidad & Tobago, she was President and Fellow of the Trinidad & Tobago Institute of Architects, a member of the Cabinet Appointed Archaeological Committee (1992 -2009), a Council member (2000-2009) of the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago (Chair of its Landmarks committee) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Caribbean School of Architecture, Jamaica, (2007-2008). Rudylynn graduated in Architecture from Howard University, Washington DC, USA.

Card image cap

Gwynn Jenkins

Gwynn Jenkins, PhD, FRGS is a consultant in heritage architecture and cultural anthropology based in a once-derelict Chinese shop-house in George Town, Malaysia since 1995. She is involved in culturally diverse education and conservation projects from Anglo-Indian bungalows, Chinese shop-houses, an Indian Muslim Tomb and a Sikh temple – ‘restoring in context’. Having contributed to the UNESCO nomination dossier for George Town and Melaka, she joined the State Government’s Technical Review Panel and the GT World Heritage office Consultative Panel.

Recognising the value of cultural articulation, the tactile, visual and audible expressions of each site manifest in ‘traditional ways of building’, Gwynn continues to research the technical influences and urban evolutions along the early trade routes from Calcutta to Canton.

Card image cap

Bonani Kakkar

Born and raised in Calcutta, Bonani Kakkar graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Masters in Public Health and is an Eisenhower Fellow (1991). She has worked extensively on heritage conservation, both natural and built. Natural heritage work has focused on land use policy, such as protection of wetlands and open spaces while the focus on built heritage has encouraged people to feel pride in their city in order to actively participate.

In 1990 Bonani founded People United for Better Living in Calcutta (PUBLIC), an NGO promoting citizen action. PUBLIC’s strategies for heritage conservation have included advocacy, such as encouraging the city to conduct open-house events in heritage buildings, school-level activities and public interest litigation.

Card image cap

James Lesh

James Lesh researches urban history and heritage conservation with a focus on Australian cities. He is particularly interested in the history and theory of heritage conservation, the relationship between heritage and development, and the conservation of marginalised and everyday heritage places. His writing has appeared in online and print media as well as in academic outlets.

James holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and an MA from the University of London. He has lived and worked in Melbourne, Sydney, London and Manchester.

Card image cap

Yasmeen Lari

A Trustee of Transparency International - Pakistan and Founder Chair of INTBAU Pakistan, Yasmeen is also Chair and Chief Executive of the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan (HF). Under the Sindh Cultural Heritage Act 1994, the result of a campaign by HF, over 1,200 British-period buildings in Karachi have been notified as protected heritage - the shared heritage which endows Karachi with its a unique character. HF is leading a civil society undertaking, involving scientific cleaning of heritage façades along with street festivals, leading to the creation of landscaped pedestrian trails and historic precincts adding interest and liveability to Karachi’s historic core.

Yasmeen received the UN Recognition Award 2002, for the promotion of culture and peace and the World Habitat Award, 2018.

Card image cap

Kelvin Ang

Kelvin has two decades of experience in architecture and conservation at the URA (Singapore’s national planning, land use and building conservation authority). He obtained his Graduate Diploma (Architecture) and MSc. in Sustainable Heritage, both at the Bartlett School, University College London.

Kelvin has led a multi-disciplinary team to deliver several conservation projects including the legal protection of over 700 buildings and the showcase restoration of the 19th century ‘NUS Baba House’ at 157 Neil Road.  His portfolio includes public education and partnership programmes, place management efforts, supporting intangible cultural heritage and enforcement. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of his alma mater, Dunearn Secondary School, and is a Board Member of The Arts House, Singapore.

Card image cap

John Ward

Trained as an architect at University College, London, John moved to Canada in 1990 and completed a Masters in the Conservation of the Built Environment at the Université de Montréal. Since 1996, John has lived and worked in Ottawa, firstly with the Heritage Conservation Services, Public Works Canada, and after 2010, as a Preservation Development Advisor with the Canadian Conservation Institute. Currently John is involved in planning for major projects relating to rehabilitating the Canadian Parliamentary and Supreme Court buildings.

John has been a member of ICOMOS Canada since the mid-1990s and in 2011 joined the ICOMOS Shared Built Heritage International Scientific Committee, which includes colonial and transnational built heritage, in which he has served as secretary since 2015.

Card image cap

Prince Henry Ajene

Prince Henry Ajene is an architectural graduate and director at Henry Ajene Studio. Prince works across the disciplines of architecture, urbanism and product design to create culturally responsive spaces that enrich the lives of diverse people and communities.

Working on a variety of projects within the UK and West Africa, Prince has expertise in residential, art, mixed-use development, urban research and regeneration. Currently working with Elsie Owusu Architects (EOA), Prince leads the UK design team for Guest Artist Studio, an arts complex for the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE, RA. Prince co-produced an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum and was nominated by the RIBA, as one of the inspirational young black architects of the future. Secretary, International Advisory Committee.

Card image cap

Umi Lovecraft Baden-Powell

Umi Lovecraft Baden-Powell is a Dominican British architectural designer, creative strategist and activist. She works with the Design Council as a Design Associate specialising in Place Shaping & Community Led Design. She is the Founding Director of insider-outsider, an emerging not-for-profit design consultancy.

Umi’s expertise lies in the fields of citizen-led development, place shaping, inclusive design, community engagement, diasporic discourse, and creative strategy. She has almost a decade of experience specialising in Humanity Centred Design (HCD) undertaking research and design projects that contribute to improving people's lives, particularly those who are traditionally marginalised by environmental, social and spatial injustices.

Card image cap

Hamdan Abdul Majeed

Hamdan Abdul Majeed is Managing Director of Think City in Malaysia. Also involved in the Sustainable Penang Initiative, he hopes to make his native city more liveable and sustainable. Previously Director at Khazanah, Hamdan led their northern regional office, seeking strategic investment to catalyse growth. He is interested in the development of civil society in Malaysia, the political economy of Third World and Islamic Economics and holds a degree in Economics and Management from the University of London.

Hamdan has twice received recognition as a young leader for his work in urban development; first by the World Cities Summit in 2012, then in 2014 he was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship.

Our Academic partners

Card image cap

Brent Fortenberry

Brent R Fortenberry is an assistant professor of architecture, and associate director of the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M University.

He holds a PhD in Historical Archaeology from Boston University, and a Master’s of Science from the Clemson University/College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. A specialist in the vernacular architecture of the British Atlantic world, and the use of technology in heritage conservation, he has carried out fieldwork in Bermuda, Barbados, Jamaica,St Helena and southern North America. He provides technical support and workshop training for the Forum's Commonwealth Heritage at Risk projects.

Card image cap
Card image cap

Ben Hook

Bob Hook is a Senior Lecturer in Historic Conservation at Oxford Brookes University.

He is an experienced buildings historian and has a long history of involvement with professional training in historic environment skills and understanding at both the strategic level and in designing and delivering courses in the UK and Europe. He was formerly Head of Emergency Recording (North) for the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and Head of Training and Standards for English Heritage.

He has also worked in the Policy and Strategy Units of English Heritage and the Research Department of Historic England.

Card image cap