Professor John Ashurst is a chartered architect who has spent most of his professional life working on historic buildings. In the early part of his career he joined the Ancient Monuments Division of the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works and remained with the organisation through its several changes, culminating in privatisation as the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, better known as English Heritage. For the greater part of this period he was architect in charge of the Research and Technical Advisory Service and took particular interest in the conservation of ruins in the care of the state. For many years he has been actively involved in teaching and site training, and is author of numerous technical notes and books including, with Francis G. Dimes, The Conservation of Building and Decorative Stone, published by Butterworth-Heinemann. Since 1991 he has worked in private practice as a consultant on historic buildings and their sites and has had a particular interest and involvement in the historic sites of Israel. His other interests are eighteenth century history, theatre, film and the graphic arts.
Colin Burns is a master stonemason and served his apprenticeship on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England. He has spent the last 35 years in the field of masonry conservation. The greater part ofthat time has been with the Directorate of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings, later English Heritage, where he worked with John Ashurst in the Research and Technical Advisory Service. He is a well-known and respected teacher of practical masonry conservation, particularly for his speciality in site training on the conservation of ruins. He has contributed to the conservation of ruins training programmes in Ireland, Albania and Israel. His varied interests include the practice and history of quarrying.
Graham Abrey is a chartered building surveyor accredited in conservation by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He gained considerable practical experience in the repair of historic buildings as a supervisor and project manager for a UK stone masonry company. He obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in building conservation and subsequently worked as an independent consultant in the repair and conservation of masonry buildings before co-founding Ingram Consultancy Ltd in 1999. Graham uniquely combines an extensive knowledge of traditional building materials and repair techniques with essential professional project management and documentation skills. He has travelled widely in the Himalayan region and has a passionate interest in its cultures.
Jason Bolton has a background in architectural conservation science, heritage risk management, commercial diving and archaeology. He has recently completed doctoral research on the deterioration of coastal stone monuments, and has authored a wide range of books, technical studies, papers and articles since he began in private practice as an Architectural Conservation Consultant in 1997. Research interests include the weathering, decay, cleaning, repair and conservation of stone, brick and mortar masonry structures, the interaction of island and coastal environments and historic buildings and materials, medieval mortar technology, quarrying and sources ofbuilding materials, and the technology and design of Irish stone monuments.
Sara Ferraby is a chartered building surveyor with a background of project management in Historic Royal Palaces in England. She has considerable experience in conservation contract procedures and documentation, and of using these coupled with proper supervision and good communication to ensure the maintenance of high standards on site. This translation of conservation requirements into practice on site has given her a particular interest in the development of accredited practical conservation training. She is committed to the protection of the countryside and its wildlife, is interested in all equestrian pursuits and regularly competes at affiliated dressage with her Hanoverian horse Leonardo.
Chris How studied Civil Engineering with a Structural Engineering bias at West Ham College of London University. He carried out a variety of investigation and design works, which included bridge design in Cornwall, before migrating to Australia in 1970. Since 1973 he has lived and worked in the pioneer region of South-West Victoria, most of this time as a Consulting Engineer in his own practice. Chris is now semi-retired and is busy indulging a fascination for historic buildings and their problems, which stems from 3700 site tests around the area, and a large number of structural investigations on pioneer structures. He is a team player who enjoys the interaction with heritage architects, builders, conservationists and historians. He is a member of Australia ICOMOS, a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Institution of Engineers, Australia.
Dr Jukka Jokilehto was born in Finland, where he first worked as architect and city planner. In 1971, he attended the International Architectural Conservation Course at ICCROM in Rome, and was later made responsible for the Architectural Conservation Programme, reaching the position of Assistant to the Director General. Many of the world's conservation practitioners came to know him in this role and benefited from his guidance and enormous experience of international conservation. Retired in 1998, he has been Advisor to ICOMOS on the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Internationally known as a lecturer, he has written on conservation theory and practice, including A History of Architectural Conservation (Butterworth, 1999), and is an accomplished violinist.
David Odgers graduated with a degree in chemistry, then spent several years working on the fringes of industry before becoming an apprentice conservator at Wells Cathedral under Professor Robert Baker, where he learned the value of the conservator becoming as knowledgeable about the object to be treated as any doctor should be about their patient. He later built on this experience to become one of the founder members of Nimbus Conservation in 1984 and from 1991 until 2005 Managing Director of the company, employing over 40 craftsmen and conservators. He was responsible for conservation works to many important historic buildings and monuments, including archaeological sites. He is now an independent consultant, an Accredited Conservator, well-known trainer in conservation subjects, and a keen cricketer.
Gionata Rizzi graduated in architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan before specialising in building conservation at ICCROM and at the University of York, where he obtained an M.A. with a thesis on masonry ruins. Assistant to Sir Bernard Feilden in Rajasthan, he has been involved in many projects of architectural conservation in Italy, France, Spain and the Middle East. As a consultant to UNESCO, ICCROM and WMF he worked on various World Heritage Sites, including the Templete Mudéjar in Guadalupe (Spain), a project that won a Europa Nostra Prize. For the Getty Conservation Institute he developed a proposal for a shelter on a hieroglyphic stairway of a Maya pyramid. He is now working in Italy on Herculaneum, on the façade of Parma's Cathedral, and on the archaeological site of Piazza Armerina in Sicily. He has taught Architectural Conservation in Milan and Geneva, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.
Asi Shalom is an archaeologist and site conservator. Asi was one of the founders of the Conservation Department in the Israel Antiquities Authority in 1989. He is a graduate in Conservation Studies of the School of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and has also trained in Italy. He founded and has managed the Archaeology Conservation Center since 1995, and has participated in and led over 60 conservation projects throughout the country, such as Masada, Qumeran, the Spice Road Caravansaries, Mosiacs of Memphis, City of David — Jerusalem and various Classical and Biblical sites. Asi's many interests include early technologies, especially the culture and work of the Nabateans. He has developed and manages a successful olive farm in the north of the Negev and is author of a new manual for archaeologists, Excavation and Conservation on Archaeological Sites.
Margo Teasdale is a planner with a first degree in Canadian Studies and History and a masters in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto. Her early professional life was spent with the Ontario Heritage Foundation, during which time her activities included key heritage sites such as Fort York and the Music Building in Toronto. She also prepared reports for the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Rail on saving Ontario's railway stations. She subsequently worked for the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications on grant projects in the Toronto region. In England she obtained an M.Sc. in Historic Conservation at Oxford Brookes and Oxford Universities and a Diploma in Urban Planning. She has since worked as a conservation officer with Bath and North-East Somerset, and as a senior conservation officer with Hampshire County Council. Her lifelong interest is the protection of the natural environment and the effects of climate change.
Amanda White is a chartered building surveyor with a post-graduate diploma in the Conservation of Historic Buildings from the Architectural Association. Amanda joined English Heritage's Research and Standards Group in September 2004 from Historic Royal Palaces, where she worked as a Project Surveyor at Hampton Court Palace. Amanda assists the Chief Conservation Architect in setting, promoting and monitoring English Heritage's maintenance standards for the estate in its care. Her concern about the lack of craft skills in the heritage sector leads her to visit schools as a Construction Industry Training Board construction ambassador to stimulate interest in the national heritage and in training programmes. She is a keen traveller and enjoys walking and swimming.
Catherine Woolfitt is an archaeologist and architectural conservator, and co-founder and director of Ingram Consultancy Ltd, a practice dedicated to the conservation of historic buildings and ancient monuments. Since completion of her training at Queen's University in Canada in the fields of Classical Archaeology and Art Conservation, she has pursued her interest in history and specialised in the conservation of historic building fabric — survey, recording, analysis, repair and surface treatment. She has had a long-term involvement and maintains an ongoing interest in the history and archaeology of the Mediterranean region and of her ancestral home in North Wales. Catherine is a member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists and of the UK
Institute of Conservation. Spare time is devoted to the conservation of her sixteenth century Somerset farmhouse and garden.
Rachel Sabino-Gunaratna is Assistant Conservator of Objects and Sculpture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Rachel has carried out internships at the Metropolian Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum and Corning Museum of Glass and successfully managed a private practice in London. Her interests include gardening, bookbinding and enquine pursuits.
Gillian Reading runs her own administrative support company out of offices shared with Ingram Consultancy on the Fonthill Estate in Wiltshire. She has worked as personal assistant to John Ashurst, Catherine Woolfitt and Graham Abrey of Ingram Consultancy for the last three years and has a client base of 10—15 small to medium size businesses in the area. Gillian spends time away from her computer running or walking with her Jack Russell dog, Finch.
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