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Resource Pool

Heritage Works draws on a range of experienced freelance consultants who specialise in heritage, regeneration education and project management.

Project Managers & Regeneration Specialists

Roger Jackson

Roger Jackson has a successful track record in the management and delivery of area regeneration programmes in Manchester, Liverpool and Blackburn. Roger's last full-time post was that of Regeneration Manager (South) with Manchester City Council and prior to that he led the regeneration programme in Wythenshawe. He was corporate project manager for the £25 million regeneration of Wythenshawe Forum Centre as a community service hub delivering leisure, adult and post-16 learning, health and childcare services, and he led the initial project phase of the redevelopment of Manchester City FC's former ground at Maine Road. Previous posts include working for Liverpool City Council managing community programmes in the Speke and Garston areas, and for Blackburn Borough Council managing the community and housing elements of the City Challenge initiative. Roger has significant experience in strategic regeneration planning, partnership-building, the development of innovative community infrastructure projects, and neighbourhood-based community development. Since retirement from full-time work in 2005 Roger has continued his involvement in regeneration-related activity as a part-time consultant and on a voluntary basis. Email Roger Jackson

Kate DicksonKate Dickson

Kate Dickson was employed as Heritage Works' Trust Director from 1999 to 2011. She now heads Creative Heritage Consultants Ltd. Kate has considerable expertise developing and implementing restoration projects in a not-for-profit organisation. She has extensive experience of writing strategies and funding bids and knowledge of the requirements of the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders. Kate is an architect and urban designer by training who specialised in the conservation of historic buildings in heritage environments whilst in private practice. She is a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Kate spearheaded the delivery of the Trust's two major capital projects in Ancoats - St Peter's and Murrays' Mills - and is now leading the identification and delivery of new projects and commissions. A former Trustee of the Association of Preservation Trusts and a Heritage Lottery Fund North West Committee member from 2001 - 2006, Kate is now a member of the National Trust Council.

Don Maw
Project Manager, Fraser Blair Associates

Don has developed a tremendous breadth of experience over a career that has had three distinct phases. As a chartered QS working with two practices in Manchester, Don worked in the education, major commercial, retail and residential sectors. Don then carved out a new career with both local authorities and medium sized contractors. Then, acting for residential developers his work as Project Manager has encompassed the refurbishment and renovation of highly listed stately homes, right through to new build city centre apartment schemes with a volume house builder.

Joining FBA in 2005, Don successfully delivered the Quay St Phase II (Bauhaus) scheme and is now the lead practitioner for the "project delivery arm" of FBA. Don is also the principal client contact for the overall First Street, Manchester development.

Fraser Blair Associates is a project management and construction consultancy committed to an independent and cost-effective approach. FBA are able to deliver a complete range of services across multiple markets, having extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.

Tamara McNeill, Project OfficerTamara McNeill

Tamara is a chartered Town Planner and regeneration professional with over six years' consultancy experience spanning town planning research and advice, evaluation and development delivery and viability. She has previously been employed as a consultant with GVA Grimley and ekosgen, an economic development and regeneration consultancy. Tamara joined Heritage Works in January 2011 as Project Officer driven by a desire to become more involved in project development and delivery and by a strong personal commitment to conserving the built historic environment. While with Heritage Works she contributed to development of two potential capital projects for the Trust and completed a number of options/feasibility studies as well as a Conservation Management Plan for a Scheduled Monument in Middlewich. Tamara now provides freelance consultancy support including development viability testing, stakeholder and community consultation and evaluation.

Heritage Consultants

Ken Moth
BA (Hons), B Arch, Grad Dip Cons (AA), RIBA, AABC

Ken Moth is an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation with over thirty years' experience in the conservation and adaptive re-use of historic buildings. Ken is a former Architect Director of BDP, from where he retired in March 2010. He continues to operate as a BDP consultant and also works freelance as a member of Heritage Works' resource pool. His work at BDP has ranged from museums and galleries, offices, libraries, civic buildings, broadcasting studios, schools, masterplans, conservation management plans and conservation appraisals. He has been responsible for projects that have won over 40 major design and conservation awards.

Marion Barter
Director, Architectural History Practice (AHP)

Marion has a BA in Archaeology/Geography, an MA in Conservation Studies and is a full member of IHBC. Marion has been involved with Buildings at Risk in several different roles,including as Conservation Officer for Sheffield City Council (1990 -1999), as an English Heritage Inspector in the North West (1999-2005) and for AHP since 2005, where as a consultant she produced a strategy for buildings at risk for Sheffield Council (2007-08) and recommended approaches for particular buildings. This included liaising with owners and identifying the key tasks to progress a solution. AHP has particular expertise in producing conservation plans and building appraisals, often for buildings that are risk.

Marion has recently written and edited plans for Gaskell House, Manchester, for St James Church, New Mills, for Dobroyd Castle, Todmorden and for Brockhole, Cumbria. Her experience is valued by English Heritage, where in the North West, she continues to act in a locum role for statutory advice and has recently produced reports on a major building at risk and on an urban development area.

The Architectural History Practice is a consultancy offering research-based advice and expertise on historic buildings and places and their significance, to inform decisions about the management of heritage assets.

Chris Edwards
Conservation Architect, IHBC, MPhil, MBA, PG Cert PP(HE) Registered Architect

Chris Edwards works part-time as a consultant architect, with a speciality in understanding and creating opportunities to re-use historic buildings in an imaginative way. His other occupation is as a principal conservation officer for a local authority, allowing him to keep abreast of developments in planning and regeneration legislation and practice. Providing design and historic buildings advice, he is able to provide services covering a wide range of requirements including:

  • sketch design;
  • negotiations with local authorities;
  • Conservation Area appraisals;
  • historic building condition surveys;
  • quinquennials;
  • working with other providers in the building procurement process;
  • developing management plans, strategies related to emerging businesses and new marketing opportunities.

In conjunction with a colleague, he also provides bespoke project management and specialist contract specification and supervision services.
Chris provides specialist training in conservation architecture and business advice for a wide range of customers, and has recently delivered a package on option appraisal for historic estates to Danish entrepreneurs and their architects.

Michael Rose
Professor Emeritus, University of Manchester

Professor Rose is a retired senior lecturer in economic history (University of Manchester and visiting professor, University of Missouri, Colombia). He continues to be a visiting senior fellow of the Manchester Centre for Regional History at Manchester Metropolitan University. Publications include The English Poor Law (1971), The Relief of Poverty (1972, 2nd edn 1986) and The Poor in the City (1988). His latest book 'Canals, Cotton Mills and Social Concern' will shortly be published by English Heritage and Heritage Works. Mike is a school governor in Timperley and chairman of the Larkhill Community Centre.

Education, Training & Community Outreach Advisors

Jo Williams

Joanne's work experience over fifteen years has included working in the arts, for environmental charities and on regeneration projects. It is this wide range of experience that has developed her expertise in marketing, resource development and project management. The breadth of her skills includes an understanding of funding strands and associated strategies; it also encompasses an in-depth knowledge of monitoring and evaluating projects for statutory and third sector organisations.

Working as an independent consultant Joanne's recent projects include:

  • Resource & marketing development projects - Cornerhouse, Manchester.
  • Fundraising strategy and marketing plan for Intute website - a resource for universities
  • Market appraisal and development plan for visitor attraction - High Peak Borough Council
  • Cultural impact study, an evaluation of DIG Manchester, HLF funded project for Manchester City Council
  • Facilitator for the Farming Lives project - Sustainable Livelihoods Approach - funded by Oxfam
  • Awards for All funded community audit to assess the need for community facilities in Whaley Bridge.

Joanne is also an Advisor to the Big Lottery funded Local Food project

Brian Holmshaw

Brian is a museum and heritage education consultant with ten years' experience, working mainly in Yorkshire and the Northwest of England. Projects have ranged from establishing community archives to delivering national curriculum training in museums and setting up cultural diversity partnerships with the Kashmiri and Yemeni communities in South Yorkshire. His portfolio includes audience development plans, evaluation and monitoring, capital and revenue fundraising, education strategies, site interpretation, developing family and schools learning resources and event management.

In 2005 he set up the Skills Schools and Stories project for Ancoats BPT working in partnership with Education Manchester, North West Sound Archive and Manchester College. He edited the community history of Ancoats - "All Work and No Play?" in 2007 drawing on the photographs and life histories of the workers and residents of the area around Murrays' Mills.

He has frontline heritage management experience working as the Heritage Cemetery Manager at Sheffield General Cemetery Trust where he fought to find a sustainable economic use for the three grade 2 listed buildings on site and managed a year round events programme and volunteer team.

Brian is based in Sheffield. He has a masters degree in heritage studies from Nottingham Trent University where he specialised in heritage interpretation and education policy. Contact:

Stephen Handley
Urban Design, Landscape & Regeneration Consultant with community consultation expertise

Stephen gained a BA (Hons) in Landscape Architecture at Manchester Metropolitan University, and then went on to study Urban Design, with an emphasis on Heritage Management and Conservation, at Sheffield Hallam University.

During his involvement in many varied design and community regeneration projects, Stephen has developed an informal "listening" approach to consultation, taking on the role of facilitator and design interpreter for communities, ensuring that core aspirations and sustainable local interventions are firmly centred within project development.

Stephen has developed a further specialism as an enabler for BME and non-english speaking community groups, paying particular consideration to the cultural requirements and how these can be integrated into the regeneration process, which can help groups to engage comprehensively with the design and development process.

Current and recent projects:

  • Honeywood Estate, Nottingham Visioning study report incorporating Public Arts and Public Realm strategies.
  • Urban design and community development workshops for Gedling Borough Council, Nottingham.
  • Project development and funding advisor for Centre for Heritage, Burngreave, Sheffield (Lion Works project)
  • Public Realm proposals for Greenheys Residential Development, Moss Side, Manchester for Bernard Taylor Associates Architects.
  • Whaley Bridge Transhipment Warehouse consultation for Heritage Works BPT.

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