Committee of Management

The main committee for 2019-20 was elected at the Annual General Meeting held in Stirling:

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 projects 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.

Roz Artis is a chartered building surveyor accredited in building conservation.  Roz is currently director of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust in Charlestown, Fife, and former committee member of the BLF. Her publications on the practical use of lime and other mortars include Natural Stone Masonry in Modern Scottish Construction and various articles for the BLF Journal and The Building Conservation Directory.

Cliff Blundell is an historic buildings expert based in Pembrokeshire and one of the earliest members of The Building Limes Forum. Cliff is a director of The Lime Company of West Wales Ltd and the author of Precious Inheritance and Sustainable Legacy promoting the health and environmental benefits of lime. Chair of BLF Climate Change Committee.

Philip Braithwaite is Director of UK Restoration Services which is based in Burnley, Lancashire. UK Restoration Services have been built on Phil’s quality workmanship and high standard of service which has formed the business foundations.  Philip has many years of experience working within the restoration sector and shows great enthusiasm for the preservation of historic buildings and landmarks.

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 a regular at the BLF Gatherings, Phil brings to the committee 40 plus years spent in the building industry, 25 of them working with lime materials.

Maria-Elena Calderón is Building Conservation and Cultural Heritage Officer with North York Moors National Park Authority. Maria has degrees in Ancient History & Archaeology and Building Conservation. She has worked extensively within buildings archaeology across the UK and Middle-East before concentrating on conservation. She now leads on cultural projects for the Land of Iron project and assists with planning at the NYM.

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

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. Alison 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).

Ian Prince trained and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor for one of the largest practices in the UK, becoming National Training Manager, liaising with Government on various matters.  Senior Lecturer in energy and Building Surveying at Nottingham Trent University, creating their Lime Concrete Module.  Director of own Building Surveying practice for past decade.  Ian’s passion for traditional building techniques and materials is now devolved to his clients.

Lewis Proudfoot is Managing Director of Cliveden Conservation. Lewis trained as a mason at the Building Crafts College and as a Building Crafts Apprentice with the Prince’s Foundation before working on masonry conservation projects across the UK.  Cliveden specialises in the conservation and restoration of historic buildings, statuary, monuments and interiors.

Philip Scorer. Director of Vitruvius Conservation Ltd. Contractor and consultant with 25 years’ experience in conservation. Specialist in rope access work on churches and cathedrals. Former lecturer at Weymouth college teaching building conservation. Coordinator of the 2020 BLF Conference and Gathering at Exeter.

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.

David Wiggins undertook doctoral research into the functional behaviour and technical conservation of heritage masonry at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is a structural engineer, part of the Heritage & Conservation team at Curtins Consulting Ltd. His work focuses on the structural repair and conservation of architectural and civil engineering heritage.

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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