Our Lecturers

Our Lecturers vary and come from a wide variety of disciplines across the heritage and conservation sector. Each is renowned in their field and they bring with them, not just their knowledge but an in-depth understanding of the challenges we face and an enthusiasm to debate and discuss how we can overcome those challenges.

Below is just a small sample of the many expert lecturers who work with us to ensure each course is balanced, informative and of relevance to you.


Nicola Ashurst

B.Sc (Arch), M.Arch, M.B.Env. (Build.Cons) ICCROM Diploma, IHBC: Conservator and Internationally Recognised Authority on Stone Conservation & Repair

Nicola Ashurst is Principal of Adriel Consultancy, a practice which provides specialist technical advice on the cleaning and surface repair of historical masonry.  After training as an architect in Australia she studied overseas and worked for the Research and Technical Advisory Service of English Heritage.  During that time she co-authored the “Practical Building Conservation” series.  Nicola’s two volume publication “Cleaning Historic Buildings” is in the process of rewriting. Adriel Consultancy has been in existence for 18 years and been based in Scotland for the last 7 years (now Edinburgh). 

Nicola is a great believer in understanding building and their materials in depth before work is done on them, analysis, detailed surveys and on-site trials forming important parts of pre contract investigations.  She is keen to follow projects through on site; to ensure what needs to be done is done and no more. For the last 18 months Nicola has been involved with the restoration on the Old Town Cemetery at Stirling, as historic ironwork and stonework consultant. Her talk will focus on this exciting project. 


Professor Phil Banfill


Heriot-Watt University

Phil Banfill is a materials scientist, with 30 years experience of research and education in a university environment. He was appointed Professor of Construction Materials at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, in 1995 and has published two books and over 120 papers on construction materials. Most of his work has been concerned with concrete as a material, but a recent focus has been on lime as an alternative and more sustainable binder, as well as one more suited to the repair of historic buildings. The sustainability theme has also brought him into the research community concerned with energy in buildings, and he has developed methods for assessing technical options for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing buildings.

As course leader of Heriot-Watt’s MSc in Building Conservation (Technology and Management) for 6 years, he developed his work into wider aspects of the historic built environment, and has been closely involved in initiatives to develop online resources in support of practitioners seeking accreditation in built environment conservation. He has been part of several research projects for Historic Scotland, including a current project entitled  “The embodied energy and carbon of stone”.


Jeremy Blake

Head of Sustainability and Partner, Purcell, Miller, Tritton

Jeremy combines a scholarly interest in the ancient buildings of Rome with a highly practical, innovative approach to his work as an architect.  His expertise with listed buildings is combined with a much sought-after specialism in hotel and spa design, and a strong commitment to sustainability infuses all of his projects.  As well as major hotel commissions in the UK and internationally, Jeremy’s broad spectrum of skills encompasses the commercial office and retail sectors as well as church work and residential developments.

Jeremy leads the practice’s Sustainable Heritage Hotels initiative, known as Shh!, which is helping clients in the hospitality industry to find greener ways to build and operate.  Whether the project involves converting a historic listed building for hotel use or constructing anew, he is able to demonstrate that sustainability makes good practical and economic sense. While in his element working in constrained situations with listed and other sensitive buildings, Jeremy also enjoys the challenge of delivering environmentally responsible extensions and alterations.  He is proud of the fact that the distribution centre he designed for Adnams Brewery gained a BREEAM Excellent rating.

A good listener and a natural problem solver, Jeremy has wide experience of engaging with planners, conservation officers, English Heritage and its sister bodies in Scotland and Wales.  His talent lies in encouraging collaboration from everyone involved in a project so that positive outcomes can be agreed.  Above all, Jeremy has a reputation for tuning into clients aspirations and meeting them in a practical and imaginative way.

“I thrive on complexity and constraints.  Then to move on to a clear logical design which is both commercially viable and aesthetically pleasing is very satisfying.”


Malcolm Cooper

Chief Inspector

Historic Scotland

Malcolm Cooper has been Chief Inspector for Historic Scotland, and agency of the Scottish Executive, since April 2005 and is a member of their senior management team and board.  He leads a variety of teams which are responsible on behalf of Scottish Ministers for the listing of historic buildings, scheduling of ancient monuments, and for giving statutory advice to local authorities, owners and others on proposals for change to the historic environment.  He teams are also responsible for distributing annually c.£2m grant-aid for ancient monuments and for rescue archaeology.

Prior to joining Historic Scotland, he worked for English Heritage for some 13 years. His last post was as Director of Planning and Development for the north of England. Earlier posts for English Heritage included Head of the Cathedrals Team, and Deputy Director of their London Region where he was  responsible for managing English Heritage’s historic property portfolio in London which includes a number of major historic properties including Kenwood House, Chiswick House, Marble Hill House, Down House and Eltham Palace.’


Mark Douglas

Principal Officer (Heritage & Design)

Scottish Borders Council

Currently working within the Planning & Economic Development department of Scottish Borders Council, an area extending to nearly 5,000 sq kilometers with nearly 3,000 listed buildings and over 40 conservation areas. Mark took my first degree at Edinburgh College of Art /Heriot Watt University and followed this by the post graduate conservation course under Colin McWilliam. He started his professional career as an architect with Simpson & Brown Architects for 8 years; including work on St Giles Cathedral and a range of other conservation projects.

Following a move to Carlisle, he became a director of Johnston & Wright Architects, working for the National Museums of Scotland on the repairs and representation of Shambellie House. He returned to Scotland to initially work as Conservation Officer for Borders Regional Council and then Scottish Borders Council and during this time he  qualified as a planner. Following recent restructuring he now lead a specialist team comprising an archaeologist, urban designer, heritage and design officer and an ecology officer within the Countryside and Heritage Service of the Planning and Development Department.

He is currently undertaking a post graduate management qualification through Stirling University.


Dr Alan M Foster

PhD, BSc (Hons), SPAB Scholar, FHEA, ICIOB,

Heriot-Watt University

Dr Alan Forster is a lecturer in building conservation and construction technology at Heriot-Watt University and is course leader for the Distance learning MSc in Building Conservation (Technology & Management). He is a Building Surveyor by profession with specialist knowledge of the repair of masonry structures. He is an elected member of the RICS building surveying faculty group (Scotland). He was awarded a Lethaby Scholarship (2002) by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and is a member of the Higher Education Academy. He has industrial experience in the practical application, design and specification of lime based materials and natural stone for the conservative repair of historic buildings and masonry bridges, and is a trainer and assessor for (SVQ) masonry craft skills in the conservation sector.

In addition to his practical experience, Forster’s PhD (2002) confirmed the correlation between the degree of hydration of hydraulically reactive components within a binder and the ability of the material to transmit water vapour and established a new definition of breatheability which established a context for those specifying repair mortars for traditional masonry structures. 

Forster has published numerous academic peer reviewed papers on lime, and performance of traditional materials. He is corresponding member of the RILEM Technical Committee on Repair mortars for historic masonry, and a former committee member for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in Scotland. He is currently overseeing funded applied materials science research with the approximate value of £160,000. Forster’s long term research strategy is to continue to build expertise in applied material science for traditional materials for use in the repair of historic structures and modern new build applications. He is supervisor to two PhD students, investigating historic building maintenance and lime binder migration.


Mark Graham

Senior Economist


Mark is a Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP UK Regional Development Group with responsibility for undertaking economic development, evaluation and assessment assignments for key public and private sector clients. 

Mark has over twenty two years experience of delivering complex strategic assignments and demonstrating the benefits of these projects to key target audiences.  His experience is wide ranging and includes assisting the development of the Scottish Lime Centre, working with the Heritage Lottery Fund to address the major operational issues facing the UK’s gardens parks and historic landscapes and assessing the socio-economic impacts of the Millennium Link.


James Hulme

The Prince’s Foundation for the Build Environment

James is Director of Public Affairs for The Prince's Foundation.  He co-ordinates the Foundation’s strategic engagements with national agencies including English Partnerships, the Building Research Establishment, Home Builders Federation, RIBA, RICS, and others.  He has also acted as Director of the education programme, running the Foundation’s most recent programme of conferences and short courses. He has written and researched widely on the built environment and community, from local level to regional strategy, as well the impact of architectural style and urban design on social and economic fabric of towns.  As project co-ordinator he contributed to Yorkshire Forward’s Urban Renaissance Strategy and was the co-author of Will Alsop’s SuperCity exhibition and book for Urbis, Manchester.

For the Foundation he has also developed Rural Affordable Housing Design Guidance, in collaboration with Business in the Community and recently produced a property market analysis of mixed use communities, Valuing Sustainable Urbanism.


Ewan Hyslop

The British Geological Survey

Ewan Hyslop is a mineralogist/petrologist working for the British Geological Survey, based in Edinburgh.  He has a BSc and PhD in Geology and in 2002 obtained an MSc in Architectural Conservation from Edinburgh College of Art. 

He has undertaken various research projects into building stone in Scotland, including a recent publication for Historic Scotland entitled ‘The performance of replacement sandstone in Edinburgh New Town’, and has just completed a major project on Glasgow’s Stone Built Heritage for the Scottish Stone Liaison Group.  Ewan is the main author of the new book ‘Stone in Scotland’, published this year by Historic Scotland and UNESCO.


Linda Kosciewicz-Fleming

Policy Team

Historic Scotland

Linda Kosciewicz-Fleming is leading in the development of Historic Scotland’s climate change policy including their Climate Change Action Plan and Historic Scotland’s climate change web pages.  Prior to her policy development activities she worked for many years as a conservator for Historic Scotland and for a few years in Australia as a painting conservator. 

She is an accredited conservator and has a strong technical and research background and has worked throughout Scotland on a diverse range of projects including environmental investigations at Skara Brae and Maes at the Orkney World Heritage site.  She has published research on the monitoring of the dimensional response of painted wood to the ambient relative humidity and temperature at the High Dining Room, Argyll’s Lodging, Stirling and was also a member of the research team for the EC Research Project, BIODAM which was a field evaluation of   novel substances and techniques to inhibit biological growth on stone.  

In Australia she worked as a painting conservator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and as an advisor on preventive conservation to the Regional Galleries Association of New South Wales (NSW), Sydney, Australia spending a year on the road in a mobile conservation laboratory taking a conservation service to remote sites in Australia.  She has a particular interest in creative and innovative approaches to tackling climate change issues and communicating climate change to a range of audiences.


Terrence Levinthal


Scottish Civic Trust

Terry Levinthal is the Director of the Scottish Civic Trust, an built environment non-government organisation committed to the improvement of the built and cultural environment of Scotland.   He is an Urban Designer, and has studied architecture, environmental design and planning in Canada and the UK. He is a member of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority and is the Chairman of its Planning and Development Committee.  He is also a member of its Strategy Group. 

He was a co-opted member of the Heritage Legislation Review Working Group of the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland and a member of the Scottish Executive’s Architecture Policy Progress Group. He was formerly the Vice-Chairman of Built Environment Forum Scotland and has been a Board member of a number of charitable bodies involved in heritage and planning issues across Scotland.


Anthony Mcreavy

Born in Co. Durham, Anthony was educated in Newcastle before reading Modern History at, Balliol College, Oxford. After a Masters in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, Anthony has worked in a variety of local authority and independent museums the UK, including the Scottish Football Museum in Glasgow, which he helped found in 2000.

Between 2002 and 2006 he was Project Director of the Kelvingrove New Century project, recently short listed for the Gulbenkian Prize. He was Manager of the Art Gallery & Museum during the first six months of opening, before joining the fundraising team for the new Riverside Museum, and is now Head of Development for Culture & Sport Glasgow and Director of the Riverside Museum Appeal.


Colin Sutherland

Colin has been in the construction industry all his working life, until recently working across the UK and abroad for major contractors. For the last 25 years Colin has been Managing Director of some of the biggest players in the Scottish construction scene - Mowlem, Hall & Tawse, and Mansell. Over this time he has become increasingly personally involved in historical and heritage rebuilding and refurbishment.

Now retired as MD, Colin is a consultant to the construction industry, working mainly with client bodies. Much of his time is still spent on historic and heritage projects. For example, and relevant to this Management Course, Colin is the Client’s Project Manager on the large and exceedingly complex Mither Kirk Project in the very heart of Aberdeen where part of the church building has now been found to go back to at least 1,000 AD, and where the archaeological remains have recently been scientifically dated as far back as 800 AD.

As Grantee, Colin has held the position of Building Contractor to Her Majesty The Queen for 11 years until the end of last year.


Joey Tabone

Director of External Relations

The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment

Mr Tabone joined The Prince’s Foundation in August 2007 from the Australian government’s Department of Climate Change where, for eight years, he directed climate change programmes affecting built environment, transport, industry and government.  Whilst with the Australian government, he managed Australia’s largest funded greenhouse programme, the $AUS400 million Greenhouse Gas Abatement programme and helped put in place funding arrangements between the Australian Government and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives – a programme focussing on engagement with local government on greenhouse issues.

Mr Tabone brings to the Foundation an understanding of the broader environmental, social and economic benefits of carbon reduction strategies and their important link to traditional urban design and building.  Mr Tabone believes that The Foundation’s principles of liveable, human-scale communities are the cornerstone for tackling climate change. Most recently he has developed a website resource that provides tools for understanding the benefits of ‘location efficient’ planning. A graduate from the Australian National University with majors in Geography and Politics, Mr Tabone has worked at both the local and national Government level and charity sectors.


Ed Taylor

The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment

The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment is establishing an office in Scotland to provide dedicated urban design and educational assistance throughout the country in collaboration with the parties and groups already involved with the built environment in Scotland.  The office will be based in Edinburgh with the National Trust for Scotland on Charlotte Square and should be established later this month (Sept 2006). The Scottish office will be managed by Ed Taylor of The Prince’s Foundation, an architect and urban designer, whose previous role was at Poundbury, running education events and taking practical experience from Poundbury to projects elsewhere, in addition to providing assistance to the Duchy of Cornwall with the ongoing development. 

After attending the first Foundation Course at the Prince’s Institute of Architecture in London, Ed studied and qualified as an architect at the Mackintosh School in Glasgow and subsequently worked with both Page and Park Architects of Glasgow and Robert Adam Architects of Winchester on a wide range of projects, from the conservation of historic monuments to large urban design projects.  His student dissertation on the Sacred and Aesthetic Principles of Alexander “Greek” Thomson’s Architecture won an RIBA prize and, with a colleague, Ed designed a grave monument to Thomson, which has now been erected. The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment is an educational charity, which seeks to improve the quality of people’s lives by teaching and practicing timeless and ecological ways of planning, designing and building.


Dr Gary White

Director of Business and Innovation

Crichton Carbon Centre

Dr Gary White is Director of Business and Innovation at the Crichton Carbon Centre.  Gary is an environmental professional with long experience working across a broad range of industries.  Starting in the oil and gas sectors, Gary specialised in environmental management systems, EIA and compliance management, in both the UK offshore and onshore sectors.  Various international assignments have taken Gary to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Oman, Nigeria and Turkey where he has been involved in designing and implementing oil spill management and training systems, environmental risk management, monitoring and reporting, staff training and community communication.

Gary has also headed up a sustainable construction team which worked on carbon assessment projects throughout the UK’s commercial and industrial sectors, giving a range of building form and fabric advice and undertaking renewables feasibility studies.  More recently Gary has been a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in Marine Science and the MSc in Hydrocarbon Enterprise.  He currently lectures in Renewable Energy Technology on our own MSc in Carbon Management and in Environmental Sustainability at the University of Aberdeen.

As Director of Business and Innovation, Gary’s role includes a wide range of responsibilities.  He specialises in managing projects involving the development and implementation of low carbon management strategies and the use of renewable technologies. Recent projects have focused on assisting SMEs and working with the building construction sector.


Andrew Wright

Leading Conservation Architect

Based in Forres, formerly partner and latterly chairman of LDN Architects, Andrew Wright stepped down in 2001 to pursue his consultancy interests.  He is a conservation architect, accredited at the highest level as a consultant, with unparalleled experience over ten years in the preparation of conservation plans for buildings and heritage sites.

A Past President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, he has served terms on the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland and the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, and is serving a second term as a member of council of the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland, providing strategic advice to Scottish Ministers.  He acts as a consultant and conservation adviser to several building preservation trusts, and is currently co-chair of the conservation committee of the Hopetoun House Preservation Trust. He acts as a monitor for the HLF, and as an expert adviser.  In recognition of services to architecture and the built heritage of Scotland he was awarded the OBE in 2001.

George Gunn

An award winning master Drystone Waller, who has been a professional member of the Drystone Walling Association since 1983 and is a fully qualified advanced instructor and examiner.

Daniel Watson

 Daniel Watson is the Clerk of Works at Balmoral Castle and Estate, he is also a highly experienced Joiner with a strong conservation background. The breadth of knowledge and skills Daniel has gained in meeting the Conservation, Repair and Maintenance requirements of a wide range of Traditional Buildings is of immense benefit to all who attend our Courses.


Hans Norling

Hans Norling, is a partner of Masonry & Lime Ltd.  Hans has 17 years experience of building and project managing teams of specialist masons across the north of Scotland, including several industry awards.

Adam Wilkin

Adam Wilkin who, now retired, spent a lifetime working on plumbing and specialist leadwork. His career involved repairing many historic buildings across Scotland, including more than 40 castles.