Committee of Management

The main committee for 2017-18 was elected at the Annual General Meeting held in Trondheim:

James Simpson OBE, Convener, studied Architecture at Edinburgh.  He trained with Ian G Lindsay & Partners and with Sir Bernard Feilden at his practice in Norwich, returning to Edinburgh in the mid-1970s to establish Simpson & Brown to work on conservation project in Scotland and beyond.  James was Convener of the BLF 2000-04.  James continues to lecture and campaign for heritage causes in Scotland and beyond, with a special interest in India.

Richard Smith. Vice-Convener. After a career as a Tax Partner with a major accounting practice, Richard now pursues his love of historic buildings. Richard edited the Journal 2004-15.

Michael Beare. Hon Treasurer. Director of AKS Ward and Conservation Accredited Engineer (CARE). Sat on the advisory panel of BRE report on the Use of Limes in Construction. Interested in the use of limes in both historic structures and the construction of new buildings, with the associated technical properties of the materials.

Phil Brown.  BLF member since 1993.  A time served builder, Phil is the owner / M. D. of Cornish Lime, the largest manufacturer of Lime Putty in the UK as well as a distributor for St. Astier NHL products and other products used in building conservation.  A passionate advocate for lime and regular at the BLF Gatherings, Phil brings to the committee 40 plus years of time spent in the building industry, 25 of them working with lime materials.

Nigel Copsey is a proponent for the use of traditional materials in the care and repair of old buildings and an advocate for hot-mixed lime mortar. Nigel started as a dry-stone waller, then trained as a stonemason and carver at Weymouth College, followed by conservation work in England and America before setting up as a consultant and practitioner in building conservation and repair in North Yorkshire. Nigel leads the Practical Skills module for the MA Conservation Studies at the University of York.

Jacqui Goddard.  Architect who has worked in Scotland and in Sydney. Former Conservation Director of the National Trust of Australia (NSW), a former member of the NSW Heritage Council, Chair Archaeology Advisory Panel and member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Heritage Council. Jacqui was a Senior Lecturer in architecture at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Currently undertaking a PhD in architectural conservation education at Sydney University. Jacqui is Convenor of the Australian and New Zealand Chapter of the Building Limes Forum.

Alison Henry. Journal Editor. Senior Architectural Conservator in the Building Conservation and Research Team at Historic England. Co-Editor of the stone, mortars and earth volumes of the Practical Building Conservation series. She was previously a local authority conservation officer, has run her own stone conservation business, and taught stone conservation at Weymouth College.

Stafford Holmes. Architect specializing in the care and repair of historic buildings. Author, with Michael Wingate, of Building with Lime. Joint author of Lime and Other Alternative Cements and Hydraulic Lime Mortar. Author of Evaluation of Limestone and Building Limes in Scotland. Director of The Building Limes Development Group.  Chairman of BLF 2007-11 and Baker Memorial Lecturer in 2012. SPAB Esher Award 2017.

Ashley Pettit RIBA IHBC. Architect in private practice in the Isle of Man. Began using lime mortar repairing historic buildings for Manx National Heritage and has since tried to develop its use on all traditional buildings on the Island and to interest the Island’s politicians to use local resources (large deposits of limestone, sandstone, slate, sand and gravel).

Dr Michelle Thomas. Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and Programme Leader of the MSc course on Historic Conservation. Has an interest in the conservation of historic building materials, especially the market for limestone for restoration and conservation purposes. Also interested in the dissemination of craft skills by hands on experience to as wide an audience as possible. Member of the BLF since 2004.

Ian Tolliday has vast experience in the refurbishment of historic building and design & construction of new build stone projects. He has gained considerable knowledge of heritage buildings throughout his career. He has a trade background working as both Banker and Fixer Mason to his current position as Contracts Director for Stonewest Limited. Amongst Ian’s most prestigious projects were both St Paul’s and Ely Cathedrals.

Stephen Waite, AIA RIBA, is a conservation architect based near Seattle, USA. In addition to his US training, Steve also earned a Building Conservation PDD (West Dean College) and an MSc, Building Conservation (Bournemouth University). He is an advocate of lime use for the American west coast, as well for his projects in Cuba, Hawaii and SE Asia.

The Building Limes Forum is administered by Rosemary Mann. BLF Administrator since 2000. Lives and works in central Edinburgh and has a long-term involvement with her local community. Rosemary runs a number of charities, mainly to do with the built environment and church heritage.

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