Our Board

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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.

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Francis Maude, Secretary

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nicolette Duckham

An architectural historian and has worked as a building conservation officer in Cape Town and London. She wrote her thesis on the domestic work of Sir Herbert Baker, and helped to write and illustrate the definitive work on Victorian architecture in South Africa.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.