Pasfoto ThomThom Aussems, Managing Director, Trudo
For Thom Aussems, the ‘Transformation’ of the Netherlands is central to his career. After finishing his masters in law and community work at the Social Academy in Eindhoven he got involved with urban renewal projects. In the 80s he switched to the municipality of Rotterdam, in that period the most famous lab in the field of urban renewal. For the last 15 years he has been the CEO of Trudo where he has led a number of transformational projects, such as Strijp S (the former industrial plot of Philips) and of the estate of ‘de Broeders van Liefde’ (a former boarding school) and the creation of new hamlets in the countryside.


Ian Bapty Mug ShotIan Bapty, Industrial Heritage Support Officer, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Ian Bapty MA trained as an archaeologist and has over 20 years’ experience of delivering volunteer and community based heritage and conservation projects. Ian’s current role as the England-wide Industrial Heritage Support Officer is funded by Historic England and is based with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. The project aims to support the care of publicly accessible industrial heritage sites, with a focus on helping charitable groups and museums deal with challenges including declining public funding, changing visitor and volunteering patterns and the need to engage with wider social engagement and enterprise agendas.


TobyToby Bennett, Account Executive, Spacehive
Toby is one of Spacehive’s longest serving team members. Having started as an intern and working as part of the Community Management team, he then changed direction and moved into the business development side of the company. Working as an Account Executive he sources and develops partnerships with a wide range of potential partners, making sure that they make as big an impact as possible. Nevertheless, he still maintains a keen interest in the development of individual campaigns and projects as well. He holds a passion for creative and sporting projects and initiatives, always looking for the next exciting opportunity.


Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief, Exectuive, Manchester City Council
Sir Howard Bernstein has been Chief Executive of Manchester City Council since 1998 and was knighted for his services in 2003. He has driven Manchester’s regeneration through strong public/private sector partnerships with his key achievements including a leading role in: renewal of the centre following the 1996 terrorist bombing; securing Manchester as Host City for the successful 2002 Commonwealth Games; introduction of Metrolink; establishment of Manchester Airport plc and its recent expansion; public sector reform. In 2014 he led negotiations to secure a groundbreaking Devolution Agreement for Greater Manchester.


TomBloxhamMBE_PublicationsTom Bloxham, MBE,  Chairman and Co-Founder, Urban Splash
Tom sold fire extinguishers door to door, studied a degree in politics, and ran a market stall down Affleck’s Arcade. He made more money sub-letting the space than selling his posters. That’s how it started.As well as steering Urban Splash through the many ups and recent downs of business, Tom chairs the Manchester International Festival and is a trustee of The Tate, Manchester United Foundation and is also Chancellor of The University of Manchester. Tom was awarded an MBE for services to architecture and urban regeneration in 1999.


Chris AWOlChris Brown, Founder and Executive Chairman of Igloo Regeneration
Chris Brown is Founder and Executive Chairman of Igloo Regeneration, a responsible real estate developer, investor and partner for people, place and planet. He additionally serves as the chair of Igloo Regeneration Fund, the world’s first responsible real estate fund, Blueprint, Igloo’s partnership with Nottingham City Council, Creative Space, a leading provider of space for the creative, technology and digital media industries and supports Ancoats Dispensary, a community-led organisation seeking to save this historic hospital for community benefit. Chris is also a member of the UK Government’s Property Advisory Panel.


Garry BrownGarry Brown, Head of Investment, The Key Fund
Garry Brown is the Head of Investment at The Key Fund – the country’s most prolific investor in community and social enterprises – and has responsibility for client relationship from initial contact, through the development process, assessment and post award support, as well as overseeing the investment team. He joined the Key Fund in 2009 having previously worked as a Senior Business Manager for a leading High Street Bank. He has over 20 years’ experience of providing lending and support to businesses of all shapes and sizes including social enterprises and charities.


Simon Buteux Photo Simon Buteux, Director, Birmingham Conservation Trust
Simon is an archaeologist by training. Until 2007 he was a Research Fellow in the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity at the University of Birmingham, where he was a Director of Birmingham Archaeology and Divisional Leader for Archaeology and Heritage Management. From 2008-11 Simon undertook the repair and conservation of the Reader’s House, a Grade I listed early 17th century building in Ludlow. Since starting at Birmingham Conservation Trust in 2013, Simon’s main project has been Newman Brothers, a late Victorian coffin fittings works, now a multiple award-winning mix of innovative museum and let units.


Pete photoPeter Cartwright, Director, Cartwright Pickard
Peter founded Cartwright Pickard  with James Pickard in 1996 and is responsible for a wide variety of projects in the private and public sectors. Peter is an RIBA Assessor for the North of England and a member of the Design Review Panel for Yorkshire and Humberside. His design and delivery experience in the residential sector spans across high quality market sale apartments, affordable housing developments and student accommodation. He also led the design and delivery of a 150 bed business hotel in Doncaster and a new £30 million BREEAM Excellent commercial office building in Manchester for Allied London.


David Caulfield, Director of Development Services at Sheffield City Council
Dave is the Director of Development Services at Sheffield City Council. This involves the strategic leadership of planning, highways and transport. He is a Chartered Town Planner and was previously Head of Planning at Sheffield City Council. He was responsible for a number of teams: leading on development plan for the city; dealing with over 3,000 planning applications per year; and leading on conservation, urban design and landscape projects. He was instrumental in developing a strong Sheffield City Region Heads of Planning group and ensuring that the emerging LEP and Combined Authority recognised the importance of spatial planning.


Kate Clark, Director, Cadw
Kate Clark is an industrial archaeologist who has worked with Ironbridge Gorge Museums, the Council for British Archaeology, English Heritage and HLF. She was Director of Sydney Living Museums, where she led a programme of renewal and rebranding aimed at connecting heritage with new audiences. Her special interest lies in capturing the wider public value and benefits of caring for heritage and in creative ways to engage people with heritage. Kate joined the Welsh Government in 2014 as Director of Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales.


IMG_8275Colette Craddock, Development Director, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust
Colette is The Prince’s Regeneration Trust’s Development Director with responsibility for fundraising, as well as overseeing communications and PR. The key to the role is managing relationships with a range of supporters, high profile ambassadors, and other key stakeholders, as well as finding new ways to improve how PRT raises both awareness and funds.Colette brings a wealth of experience from several national UK charities including Guide Dogs, Maggie’s, Cancer Research UK and The Royal National Institute for Deaf People.


Manus Deery, Assistant Director, DOE Historic Environment Division
A qualified architect, Manus is one of two Assistant Directors who have been responsible for the Directorate’s Historic Buildings Unit since 2006. His principal responsibilities have included: the Agency’s work to survey Northern Ireland and designate listed buildings; and the management of a team of architects to advise on changes and grant aid to listed buildings in a defined area. He has also taken a lead role in developing a partnership approach to the management of Northern Ireland’s largest Monument in State Care: the Walls of Derry/Londonderry.


_MM83480Ged Devlin, Programmes Manager, Sheffield Office, Power to Change
Ged joined the Power to Change in September 2015. He has worked with many leading community businesses in recent years, as well as with exemplars from the wider social economy. Previously, Ged worked at the Community Shares Unit, helping to bring 60,000 new direct, positive investors to the market in less than five years, generating the cheap, risky, long-term growth finance so sought after by community businesses. Prior to working in this sector, undertook a wide variety of projects for corporate financiers and private equity firms, helping to design innovative financing solutions, to advising not-for-private-profit organisations.


keithKeith Falconer, Chairman of the Association for Industrial Archaeology
Keith Falconer is Chairman of the Association for Industrial Archaeology and has been involved with industrial heritage since the late 1960s. In 1971 he was appointed Industrial Monuments Survey Officer tasked with identifying and recommending for protection historic industrial sites throughout the UK.  He retired from his post of Head of Industrial Archaeology at English Heritage in 2012 and was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to industrial heritage. He has written two books on industrial heritage and contributed to many more.



Bill Ferris Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard TrustSir Bill Ferris OBE,Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
Trained as an accountant, Bill has had a varied career. In 1988 Bill became the first Commercial Manager at the Yorkshire Mining Museum (now the National Museum of Coalmining), seeing it through its last phases of development and early years of operation. He joined Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust as Chief Executive in December 2000 to develop a strategy for long-term revenue sustainability. More than £30 million has been raised, and today, the site hosts 115 homes and more than 100 businesses and attracts 170K visitors per year with combined activities generating more than £16m for the local economy.


ben[2]Ben Greener, Policy Advisor, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Ben is policy advisor for HLF and leads on regeneration, economic development and heritage re-use policy. Through funding programmes, HLF supports projects that seek to achieve this economic growth by rescuing neglected historic buildings and sites, and returning them to profitable and productive uses. Previously, Ben worked for the Church of England, providing support, advice and guidance to over 16,000 buildings. He project managed the redevelopment of ChurchCare – the C of E’s online resource – and developed a range of tools to help churches navigate planning systems and apply for funding.


Karen Houghton, Chief Executive, Ancoats Dispensary Trust
Karen is the Chief Executive of Ancoats Dispensary Trust, which began life in 2012 as a grass-roots movement to save the Victorian building that had housed the Ancoats Hospital. The Trust is in a joint venture with Igloo Regeneration and have funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to stop the building from deteriorating further whilst they work up schemes for its repurposing into a 21st century community facility. A chartered surveyor by background, Karen has had a varied career in property development, environmental management and regeneration.


Staiths Open Days 7aMartin Hulse, Trust Manager, Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust
Martin is a Project Manager working in regeneration with specialisms in heritage, sustainability and the implementation of public art. He has worked in the public, private and third sector and focuses on the work of building preservation trusts and champions the role of small charitable organisations in making a big impact. Recently he has restored: a monastic cell on a small island that is now used as a RSPB wardens cottage; an old navigational lighthouse that is now used as a heritage centre by a local community group and an engine house on a rope hauled railway that is now a workshop. He is currently on site restoring a pair of bottle kilns.


Joan Humble, Trustee, Civic Voice
Joan Humble is a Trustee of Civic Voice. She is also the Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust, a lively, active group that organises projects, social events, visits and regular monthly speaker meetings. She co-ordinates their Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner which celebrates achievement in design, new build, refurbishment and community enterprise. She is active in local voluntary groups; Chair of FC Rangers Junior Football Club, member of the Board of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Volunteer Centre and the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army’s Bridge Project.


Ruairidh Jackson - Senior Projects DirectorRuairidh Jackson, Senior Projects Director, Argent, LLP
Ruairidh joined Argent in 2014 from a previous role as Strategy and Development Director at The Co-operative Group. Ruairidh is in charge of Argent’s Manchester office and leads the Development Management team on the Airport City Manchester project. A member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Ruairidh has over 20 years’ experience in Planning and Masterplanning delivering major regeneration and development projects across the UK. Ruairidh is a Director of Future Everything and CityCo in Manchester and also sits on the CityCo Finance Committee.


ROS FAVOURITERos Kerslake, Chief Executive, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust
Ros Kerslake was appointed Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust in 2006 and has overseen its transformation into the foremost heritage-led regeneration charity in the UK. Previously, Ros held a number of senior posts in the property world and in industry, including Property Director at Railtrack and CEO of Regenco. She currently sits on the Craft Industry Board, the Heritage Alliance Board and the Board of Quintain Estates and Development PLC, and chairs the Regeneration Leaders Network. She is also proud to have led the team that saved Middleport Pottery, one of the last working Victorian potteries in the UK.


Miriam picMiriam Levin, Mobilisation Manager, Community Rights/Neighbourhood Planning, DCLG
Miriam’s role is about raising awareness and ensuring that people have the tools and support they need to be able to take up the rights, especially in deprived areas. She was Senior Associate at consultancy Soundings, managing large scale engagement and consultation projects around major regeneration schemes and policy in London. Clients included local authorities, developers and housing associations. Prior to this, Miriam was Head of Outreach at English Heritage for 8 years, overseeing the delivery of over 500 grass roots community heritage projects.


gregGreg Luton, Planning Director, Historic England, East of England
Greg Luton is the Planning Director for the East of England region at Historic England where he is also portfolio holder for the national Heritage at Risk Programme. He has a Cambridge-based team of archaeologists, historians, architects and planners who are responsible for providing Historic England’s planning advice and grants in the region. Previously he was an Assistant Regional Director with English Heritage in the South East  with responsibilities for properties open to the public. These were as diverse as Osborne House, Uffington White Horse and Fort Cumberland.


The Prince's Regeneration Trust Impact Report launch at the House Of Lords.Ian Marcus, Chairman, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust
Ian was in the banking industry for over 32 years, focusing on the real estate industry. Ian joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 1999 to establish the Real Estate Group, and became Managing Director and Chairman of the European Real Estate Investment Banking Group before retiring in 2012. He is a Crown Estate Commissioner, a member of Redevco’s Advisory Board, the Senior Independent Director for Secure Income REIT and sits on the board of Town Centre Securities. Ian is a member of the University of Cambridge Department of Land Economy Advisory Group and an Eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Sally MacDonald imageSally McDonald, Director, Museum of Science and Industry
Sally McDonald joined the Museum of Science and Industry as Director in 2014, having held leading roles in the museum and heritage sector for over 20 years. She was Deputy Director at the Geffrye Museum before setting up a multi award-winning museum and heritage service in Croydon. From there she joined UCL, where she became Director of Public and Cultural Engagement. She has served on a number of boards, including those of the Museums Association and London’s Jewish Museum. She was until recently co-Chair of the Women Leaders in Museums Network, and is co-founder of Heritage without Borders.


DSC00077Rowan Moore, Architecture Critic, The Observer
Rowan Moore is Architecture Critic of The Observer. He trained as an architect at Cambridge, but, having gone into practice, turned to journalism. He was formerly Director of the Architecture Foundation, Architecture Critic of the Evening Standard and Editor of Blueprint magazine. He is the author of Why We Build (2012). His next book, Slow Burn City: London in the 21st Century, is to be published by Picador in 2016. In 2014 he was named Critic of the Year in the UK Press Awards, the first architectural writer to receive this award. He received the international Bruno Zevi Book Award for Why We Build.


Ian MorrisonIan Lyn David Morrison, Chief Executive, The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)
Ian Morrison was appointed Chief Executive of the AHF in March 2015 and has sought to expand the charity’s advice, grants and loan services to help meet the growing demand of enterprising communities that wish to repair and re-use historic buildings they value. Ian was previously the Head of Historic Environment at the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), where he held the lead UK policy role for the historic environment since 2008 and introduced HLF’s Heritage Enterprise and Grants for Places of Worship grant programmes. Prior to joining HLF, Ian worked for Historic England for 15 years, specialising in the regeneration of historic former industrial sites.


mnphotoMichael Norton OBE, Social Innovator and Activist
In 1975, Michael Norton set up Directory of Social Change, which became the UK’s leading provider of information and training to the non-profit sector. After leaving in 1995, Michael went on to help found numerous world changing organisations including Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action, UnLtd, Changemakers, YouthBank , MyBnk,FoodCycle, and The Otesha Project (UK). In 2011, he launched Buzzbnk, an internet platform to enable the crowdfunding of social ventures, which has now merged with The Trillion Fund, a fundraising source for green energy projects.


Mark Ogden, Relationship Manager, Triodos Bank
Mark Ogden has been a relationship manager with Triodos Bank NV for eight years. He manages a mixed portfolio of business/commercial clients with a particular emphasis on property and community based lending and is tasked with increasing the loan book for the bank. Triodos is unique in that all potential lending clients have to demonstrate that they add positively to the environment or community before being considered for lending. Prior to joining Triodos Mark has worked for various other banks in the UK and has a broad banking background.


Miles OglethorpeDr Miles Oglethorpe, Head of Industrial Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland
Miles is Head of Industrial Heritage at Historic Environment Scotland, the newly-formed public body responsible for safeguarding and promoting the historic environment in Scotland. From 1985, he worked at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland in Edinburgh, from where he moved to Historic Scotland in 2007.  He has also worked with international partners on World Heritage, notably in Norway and Japan. Most recently, he led the team responsible for preparing the successful World Heritage nomination for the Forth Bridge, and is co-ordinating the development of an Industrial Heritage Strategy for Scotland.


Sarah Price ImageSarah Price, CEO, Edinburgh Printmakers
Sarah Price is the CEO of the leading Scottish arts organisation specialising in contemporary fine art printmaking. Sarah has been building the organisations visibility and profile by developing quality artistic programmes, education services and specialist printmaking facilities for an Edinburgh audience base alongside visitors to the city. Sarah is currently working towards realising a £10m capital development project to redevelop a historic rubber mill in the west end of the city into a world class centre of excellence for printmaking and creative industries hub.


markMark St. John Qualter, Regional Managing Director, Commercial & Private Banking, RBS
Since May 2014, Mark Qualter has served as Regional Managing Director for the North Real Estate business, which brings together the legacy Commercial and Corporate businesses to form an regional end-to-end franchise. In May 2011, Mark became  Director of Strategy and a company board member of the RBS Invoice Finance Holdings.Staring in June 2013,  Mark was Head of Strategy in the then newly formed “Customer Solutions Group”, now Product Solutions Group (PSG) which brought together the cross-franchise product activities of the then Corporate Banking Division. PSG consists of Lombard, Invoice Finance, Mentor and Transaction Services UK.


Jonhathon Robinson, The Guardian
Jonathan Robinson is an entrepreneur, author, and anthropologist. He is also the founding director of the Guardian’s new civic space. Previously, Jonathan was the global director of Impact Hub, which he also co-founded. Impact Hub provides physical spaces in 54 cities, offering access to events, knowledge, investment, and tools to help start and grow social enterprises. He has also launched ventures with partners ranging from the Cabinet Office and Tate Modern, to Unicef and peace entrepreneurs in Afghanistan.



Mike Saunders, Chief Executive, Commonplace Digital
Mike has been a digital entrepreneur for 20 years, developing businesses across media, public and commercial sectors. His career spans startups to Channel 4 and Trinity College London. In 2013 he co-founded Commonplace to realise a vision of better places that he put forward at TEDx Parliament. Commonplace has gone from strength to strength, winning awards from the Nominet Trust and Big Venture Challenge. Under Mike’s leadership, Commonplace is in revenue and working on urban and transport projects in the UK and US. Their customers include councils such as Waltham Forest and Southwark in London.


BiljanaBiljana Savic, Programme Director, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust
Biljana Savic joined The Prince’s Regeneration Trust in 2013 as the Interim Operations Director, subsequently assuming the role of the Programme Director of BRICK– a programme for community groups with heritage regeneration projects. Biljana is a chartered architect, town planner and project and programme manager. Prior to joining PRT, she led a government-funded programme supporting communities piloting neighbourhood planning at The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. She is a director of the Academy of Urbanism, member of the Design Council Cabe’s Built Environment Experts panel and a Winston Churchill Fellow.


MichaelMichael Schwarze-Rodrian, Director of the Department, European and Regional Networks Ruhr
Michael Schwarze-Rodrian is the head of the Department European and Regional Networks and the EU Representative of the Regional Association Ruhr (RVR). He is a landscape planner who planned and implemented the Emscher Landscape Park in Germany. He moderates local and regional networks for a sustainable Metropolitan Ruhr. His great experiences with urban landscapes, integrated strategies and project management is the background of his European networking.



Jonathan Schifferes, Associate Director, Public Services and Communities, RSA
Jonathan leads on the RSA’s Heritage, Identity and Place project. He served as research lead for the RSA City Growth Commission in 2014, co-authoring three influential reports, with a focus on labour market productivity and devolution. He also led work with British Land to publish Developing Socially Productive Places, making the strategic case for investment in planning as part of place-making. Jonathan has worked on economic impact assessments for a range of large scale planning applications for new settlements (Dunsfold Park) and shared workspace redevelopments of historic buildings.


NS152FINAL10x8web1oNaomi Sesay, Head of Youth Media & Engagement, Media Trust
Naomi Sesay is an experienced inspirational public speaker, presenter and trainer. Currently, Naomi is Head of Youth Media & Engagement with Media Trust training young people and organisations on how to use digital devices to innovate and instigate social movement. She has delivered training for an array of organisations including Business in the Community (BITC), Aylesbury Youth Action, National Citizens Service and The Challenge. She has also worked with Educational programs, schools, charities, Her Majesty’s Prison Services and corporate entities.


Rohan Silva, Co-Founder, Second Home
Rohan Silva is the co-founder of Second Home, the world’s most iconic working environment for creative companies. Rohan was previously Senior Policy Adviser to the British Prime Minister, where he developed some of the UK’s key enterprise policies, such as the Seed EIS tax break, Entrepreneur Relief and Entrepreneur Visas. In addition, Rohan created the Government’s ‘Tech City’ initiative to support the growth of the technology cluster in East London. Rohan was named a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’ in 2014, and is also Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Chris Smith_20Oct 5 - croppedChris Smith, OBE – Director of Planning, Historic England
Chris has overall responsibility for thirteen teams, based across England, who advise owners, planners and councillors on how to care for historic places, landscapes and buildings so that they will have a secure and productive future. Chris has been a historic environment management professional since 1974. Chris joined English Heritage in 1994 to work in the South West, eventually as Assistant Regional Director. In December 2010 when he was appointed National Planning and Conservation Director. Since 2013 he has been a member of Historic England Executive Board latterly as the Director of Planning.


caroleCarole Souter CBE, Chief Executive, Heritage Lottery Fund
Carole Souter joined HLF as Chief Executive in April 2003 from English Heritage, where she was Director of Planning and Development. She has over 30 years’ experience of policy development and operational management in the public sector. She has worked on health and social security policy, the development of legislation, and cross-departmental planning. She worked in the Departments of Health, Social Security and the Cabinet Office, before moving out of the civil service. She currently sits on the Boards of Creativity, Culture and Education, the Kent Wildlife Trust and the National Communities Resource Centre.


Jess SteeleJess Steele, Director, Jericho Road Solutions
Jericho Road Solutions is led by Jess Steele, who has 25 years of experience working intensively with local neighbourhoods and at national level to support neighbourhood development. It bridges policy and practice to help local leaders make better neighbourhoods, and to influence government, funders and corporates. Jess has lived in Hastings since 2004, played a leading role in the rescue of Hastings Pier and is working on local projects including the conversion of a 9-storey office block and the development of a community land trust.



Kate Stewart, Friends of the Flyover
Kate Stewart is a creative business practitioner with a wealth of experience in the design & education sectors. Recently Kate has become an ‘accidental retailer’ – having created made-here, the pop-up that stayed up and is still trading two years later. She is influential in the sphere of design participation by end users of spaces and places and has led major capital projects – the most recent and largest of these being The Flyover. Kate’s work is about the right partnerships and collaborations with other creatives, individuals & businesses. She has a background in theatre and sector specific business support for the creative sector.


Kerrie's PenPic1 (2)Kerrie Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer, Titanic Foundation
Kerrie joined Titanic Foundation in March 2013 and has 18 years’ experience working in the tourism sector including 10 years at Belfast City Council/Northern Ireland Tourist Board, where she was a member of the team that put together the plans for the Titanic Signature Project. She is responsible for: Managing the operator contract with Titanic Belfast Limited and overseeing the development and management of Titanic Foundation’s assets, including the former Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices, developing and implementing multi-disciplinary projects and funding applications that will promote the vision of Titanic Foundation.


Simon Thorrington ACIB, Regional Director North, Charity Bank
Simon is Charity Bank’s Regional Director in the North with a portfolio of client relationships and responsibility for strategic management, having been with Charity Bank since 2006, initially as North West Regional Manager. Charity Bank lends exclusively to the not-for-profit sector. Simon is also a trustee of Voluntary Sector North West, Cumbria CVS, and of Adventure under Sail. Previously he worked for a large faith charity and he has project-managed the creation of both a new homeless charity and a regeneration charity, both in the North West.  


David Tomback F.R.I.C.S., Development Economics Director, Historic England        
David is Development Economics Director at Historic England. He qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1974, spending a number of years with various firms carrying out a wide range of professional work, particularly in connection with development situations. In 1993 he joined Historic England where his remit includes providing in-house commercial property advice to the organisation; advice on levels of grant, listed building consents especially in connection with enabling development; re-use of redundant historic buildings; and the economics of conservation.  He has given expert evidence at public inquires including Smithfield and Greenside.


Tom WalkerTom Walker, Director of Cities and Local Growth Unit (Cabinet Office, BIS & DCLG)
Tom Walker was appointed Director of the Cities and Local Growth Unit in April 2014. Immediately prior to this he was Deputy Director, Enterprise Zones in DCLG and before that as Deputy Director, Neighbourhood Planning led the work to turn neighbourhood planning into a national movement of community planning. Following the 2010 General Election Tom worked for Greg Clark on decentralisation policy. Tom has worked for DCLG, Home Office and Cabinet Office over the past 16 years in a variety of roles on housing, planning local government policy and roles at the centre of Government.


Duncan Wilson OBE, Chief Executive, Historic England
Duncan Wilson became Chief Executive of the newly formed Historic England in May 2015. From 2011 to 2015 Duncan led the Alexandra Park and Palace Trust, developing a major regeneration and conservation scheme to restore the Victorian theatre and world famous television studios. From 2002 to 2011 he was Chief Executive of the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College where he was responsible for the maintenance of one of Europe’s finest and most extensive groups of baroque buildings. Prior to 2002 Duncan was Director of the Somerset House Trust, where he led the project to restore the public spaces and open the site to the public.