I am a part-time lecturer on the MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation at Cardiff University.
After an early career as an archaeological surveyor I trained in stone conservation at Wells Cathedral. I then ran my own building conservation business for 13 years. During this time, I became increasingly interested in the behaviour of conservation materials and the philosophical motivations that drive conservation.
From 1995 I worked for Bournemouth University as a senior lecturer and course leader on their BSc course in Building Conservation Technology and their MSc in Architectural Materials Conservation.
In addition to my current teaching at Cardiff I have been course leader for the foundation degree in Building Conservation at the Building Crafts College.
My principal interest is in communication of conservation techniques and philosophy to academic students and audiences outside academia.
1993 to 2005: Senior lecturer at Bournemouth University at undergraduate and postgraduate level
in building conservation and sustainability issues.
1993 to date: Numerous conference papers, talks to widely varying audiences from
RIBA to U3A. Guest lecturing at Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Reggio di Calabria,
UCL and York universities. Numerous CPD lectures. Tutoring on NHTG courses.
2006 to date: Managing director of my own research and consultancy company
specialising in the behaviour of historic building materials.
2008 to 2015: Associate lecturer in conservation, University of Plymouth.
2010 to date: Course leader/ lecturer on the FdSc. At the Building Crafts College.
2010 to 2011: Technical officer for the SPAB telephone enquiry service.
2011 to 2018: Part time lecturer in building conservation at Kingston University.
2017 to date: Part time lecturer on the MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation at Cardiff University.
- Researcher and author for major research project for SPAB on the future of vocational education in relation to their conservation training programmes.
- Pilot study into the feasibility of improving church maintenance by combining the expertise of individual parishes, for the SPAB. (Unpublished)
- Project on the application of sand drying for use in lime mortars as a research associate at University of Bradford.
- PhD examining the Survival of Historic Church Plaster (University of Plymouth).
- Research, design and authorship of the English Heritage Funded NECT Building Conservation Training Course.
- Lime and magic, ASCHB Proceedings.
- The Strange History of the English Lime Revival, National Lime Association (USA).
- Organizational and commercial factors in church heating decision making (in Sustainable Building Conservation Ed. Oriel Prizeman).
- Conservation Course Manual for the North of England Civic Trust.
- Stone Consolidants feature in Context, Journal of the IHBC.
- Issues in Conservation (early 2021)
- Conservation Case studies (mid 2021)
- Vicat Edited for Conservators (late 2021)
- Vitruvius Edited for Conservators (late 2021)