meet the team

 

 

Robert (Bob) Howard MBE - Chairman

Robert (Bob) Howard MBE will already be known to many as the voice of the Tile Association and says he is excited by the challenge of taking the NHTG forward at a time of increasing political and economic uncertainty.

“Despite everything else that is going on around us, we must not lose focus on the challenges facing the heritage sector, not least the alarming shortages in our traditional crafts skills base” he says

“Our architectural inheritance must be safeguarded for future generations and that can only be achieved through training and education. We must ensure vital skills, knowledge and experiences are passed on and I firmly believe it is the role and indeed the responsibility of the NHTG to oversee this transition.”

 

Henry Rumbold MBE - Deputy Chairman

Henry has spent 40 years of his 50-year involvement with construction working in the pre-1919 heritage sector, embracing roles including apprentice stonemason through to Contracts Manager.  Henry sits on the judging panel of the Prince’s Foundation, and also enjoys a number of lecturing and training roles at home and abroad, sharing his hands-on expertise and in-depth knowledge of the heritage sector.

Career highlights for Henry include receiving an MBE for his contribution to conservation and restoration, coupled with sharing a Marsh Award for Heritage Teaching with Gerard Lynch.  

Henry sees the care and preservation of our pre-1919 properties as the NHTG’s single biggest challenge. 

 

Ray Robertson - Treasurer

Ray Robertson

Ray’s been connected to the British lead sector in a variety of different roles almost continuously since 1973.  Early involvement in the heritage crafts arena came while Ray worked in the Special Products department of British Lead Mills’ parent company.

Ray is also Secretary of the Lead Contractors Association and he was involved in the creation and development of the Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors, an organisation concerned with the design and installation of copper, steel and zinc for traditional roofing and cladding.

Ray’s been involved with the NHTG right from its inception in 2002, he was Chairman from 2012 - 2015.  Today, he remains passionate about protecting our architectural legacy from the threat posed by a lack of experience, knowledge and awareness among many of those working on our most precious buildings.

 

Richard Davies - Board Member

Following experience in private practice and local government, from 1976 to 1986 Richard was Superintending Architect, Directing Architect and then Director of Technical Services at English Heritage.

He was the UK representative to ICCROM (the UNESCO founded International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) where he became a member of the council and was Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board.

In 1993, Richard co-founded MRDA Architects. In addition to work in private practice, Richard Davies is a Trustee & former Chairman of COTAC, (Conference on Training in Architectural Conservation)

 

John Taylor MBE - Board Member

 

A Cambridge civil engineering graduate, John served for 30 years in the Royal Engineers and Defence Policy Staff, earning an MBE for his operational planning in Germany.

John’s keen interest in conservation and traditional building crafts saw him become CEO of the British Urban Regeneration Association and Chairmanship of the Panel of Assessors for the Secretary of State’s Regeneration Award Scheme and then Director of the Building Crafts College for the Carpenters Company. 

John holds a Masters Degree in Historic Building Conservation, and was appointed a Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute in 2003.  He’s also a Liveryman of the Carpenters’ and the Masons’ Companies. In retirement, he continues to serve as Chairman of the Livery Companies’ Skills Council, Hon Secretary of COTAC and Hon Treasurer of the NHTG.

 

Other board members include: Nigel Howe, Alan Creasey, David Harrison, Keith Hoskins Dr Gerard Lynch and Jason Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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