Meet our 2019 Speakers

Meet our speakers for the 2019 International Building Preservation Conference for discussions on ‘Respecting the Past – Embracing the Future’.

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2019 Session Chairs

Steve Hodgson

CEO, PCA
Chair for Session 1: The Importance of Damp and Timber Defects in Property Sales

Stephen joined the Trade Association as a technical specialist in 2000 after 13 years working as a surveyor and manager in the preservation industry. He has been Chief Executive Officer of the Property Care Association since October 2012. Stephen is passionate about the industry in which he is proud to serve and is committed to delivering the highest possible standards of service and workmanship to consumers as well as first rate representation and value for money to members of the Property Care Association. Stephen works hard to maintain strong links with organisations including RICS, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, TrustMark, STBA, BRE, National Flood Forum and the newly launched UKCMIB.

 

Dr Paula Lopez-Arce

Research Scientist, PCA
Chair for Session 2: Damp in All It’s Forms

Paula joined the PCA team in December 2017 as KTP Associate for the Residential Atmospheric Moisture Diagnostics project, which is part of a joint initiative between UCL and PCA. Paula has a PhD in Geology in 2004 from Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and has participated in a wide range of international research projects with universities in Europe, UK, Australia and America. Paula has also participated in research projects with private companies on architectural heritage conservation and restoration for more than 17 years, with expertise on moisture monitoring studies in the built environment. Projects have included diagnosis of physico-chemical weathering processes of building materials, treatment of rising damp, moisture and salt decay, influence of environmental conditions and preservation strategies to avoid salt crystallisation, decay of historic buildings due to effect of microclimate induced variations, desalination methods for conservation and durability of building materials. This new role for Paula will enable her to apply her significant experience and background in moisture in buildings to build on the work of the Knowledge Transfer Project to date.

 

Dr Tim Forman - University of Cambridge - International Building Preservation Conference 2019Dr Tim Forman

Deputy Course Director, University of Cambridge
Chair for Session 3: Emerging Challenges

Dr Tim Forman is a researcher and academic at the University of Cambridge. Prior to his academic training, Tim worked in construction with a focus in domestic refurbishment. Tim is Deputy Course Director of the ‘Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment’ Master’s course at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a Teaching Fellow with the ‘Engineering for Sustainable Development’ Master’s course at the Department of Engineering, and a Research Associate at the Department’s Centre for Sustainable Development. Tim holds a PhD, and an MSc in ‘Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design’, from the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University.

Tim’s interests are centred on the design and construction of sustainable and resilient buildings and built environments. He is particularly interested in the challenges that lie in renovating, retrofitting and adapting existing buildings and assets and in readiness for future climate conditions. Much of his research has related to the gaps between design intent and as-built construction in the context of large-scale domestic and commercial energy efficiency projects. His recent work has focussed on unintended consequences in thermal insulation retrofit of solid masonry homes.

 

Conference Speakers

Paul Cutbill

Professional Development Director, Countrywide Surveying Services
Home Surveys in a Changing Marketplace

Paul Cutbill is a Chartered Surveyor responsible for the development, education and Regulation of Countrywide’s professionally qualified surveying teams offering residential survey and valuation work across the UK. Paul’s background spans commercial property agency, development and more recently residential survey and valuation with a keen personal interest in surveying innovation including offsite construction and newly built communities.

Paul is Chair of RICS UK Residential Professional Group Board and their Survey and Valuation Working Group through which he has been assisting in the development of RICS Home Survey Standards, home buying reform initiatives and practitioner guidance for residential surveyors.

 

Dr Duncan Philips

Chartered Building Surveys, Listed Building Surveys
A Brave New World

Duncan is a Chartered Building Surveyor and has been specialising in the inspection and maintenance of historic and Listed Buildings for over 30 years. He is Chair of the RICS Building Conservation Steering Group and he also teaches professionals and the public on a variety of topics related to architectural history, building conservation and building surveying.

 

 

Robert Stevenson - BLM Law - International Building Preservation Conference 2019Robert Stevenson

Partner, Construction Division, BLM Law
Reports – How to get them right, legally

Robert joined Berrymans in 1994 after spells working in Hong Kong and Paris. He specialises in construction law, advises contractors, sub-contractors, consultants and clients, both on non contentious and contentious matters and, acts as an advocate in the High Court. Robert is an accredited adjudicator and a chartered arbitrator, Chairman of the London Branch of the Adjudication Society, committee member of TeCSA, a member of the IBA, fluent French speaker and Director of the Franco British Lawyers Society.

 

Graham Coleman - RTS - International Building Preservation Conference 2019Graham Coleman

RTS
To Vent or Not to Vent – Subfloor Voids

Graham is a Chartered Biologist (C.Biol), Member of the Society of Biology (MSB) and a Member of the Institute of Wood Science (M.I.W.Sc). He also has qualifications in Chemistry and Botany. Since 1982 he has been in private practice (Remedial Technical Services) as an Independent Consultant specialising in Laboratory and Consultancy services examining dampness and timber infestation/rot problems in buildings; overall he has over 35 years experience of practical scientific site investigations examining dampness and timber infestation problems, especially in recording and analysing materials and data for laboratory and other analyses. Graham acts as an expert witness in both Civil and Criminal cases for clients including Trading Standards, Advertising Standards Authority, Housing Associations, Solicitors, and Local Authorities.

He is the author of one of the definitive guides to dampness, ‘Guide to the Identification of Dampness in Buildings’. Graham is both a trainer and examiner for the nationally recognised qualification Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT) and Chief Examiner for the Certificated Surveyor in Structural Water-proofing (CSSW) qualification.

 

James Berry - PCA - International Building Preservation Conference 2019James Berry

Technical Manager, PCA
The Evolution of Damp Control

James joined the PCA team as Technical Manager in 2016. James is a graduate of the University of Plymouth, where he achieved a BSc (Hons) in Applied Geology. Since graduating, he has worked in the property services industry, and more recently as a surveyor for a national preservation company. He holds both the CSRT and CSSW accreditations. He is the lead on the new Residential Ventilation Group sector of the PCA and is hugely passionate about the need for improving standards of ventilation in the existing UK housing stock.

 

Soki Rhee-Duverne - Historic England - International Building Preservation Conference 2019Soki Rhee-Duverne

Building Conservation Advisor, Historic England
Damp Monitor: Monitoring Moisture and Use of Moisture Meters for Porous Building Materials

Soki Rhee-Duverne is an architectural conservator for the Building Conservation & Geospatial Survey team, Historic England. In her current role, she primarily manages research projects on energy efficiency and the hygrothermal performance of historic buildings, particularly in relation to technical risks from moisture. She has published on thermal performance of traditional buildings, hygrothermal modelling, application of infrared thermography for historic buildings, use of X-ray fluorescence on World War II collections and environmental management of historic house libraries.

 

Lady Renee-Marie Young - National Landlords Association - International Building Preservation Conference 2019Lady Renee-Marie Young

Learning & Development Manager, National Landlords Association
Homes & Landlords Act: What are the Implications for Landlords? What do Landlords Require to Fend off Unscrupulous Tenants?

Renee joined the NLA in 2013 and is responsible for landlord development and accreditation UK wide. She works with stakeholders to bring accreditation to the top of the agenda and the forefront of the minds of those that guide legislation and governance and where at all possible, securing passporting arrangements with competitors and Local Authorities. She manages both the face-to-face and online training, developing educational content, eLearning and quality control, with member pathways to accessing landlord training and development. Renee has undertaken further training to enhance her role of train the trainer and has extensive event management experience. She has joined the HMO Network steering group to assist with her wide range of housing knowledge and event management skills.

Prior to joining the NLA, Renee worked within the social housing sector specialising in anti-social behaviour, gaining the CIH Level 4 Diploma in Housing Studies and also obtained one of the first qualifications in anti-social behaviour, the BTEC 1st Diploma in neighbour nuisance and case working. Renee worked her way up into tenancy management, leading and teaching a team of housing officers. In her spare time Renee enjoys charity fundraising, sports, horse racing and is a keen marathon and ultra-marathon runner.

 

Dr Peter Rickaby - International Building Preservation Conference 2019Dr Peter Rickaby

Principal Research Associate & Business Manager, UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings, University College London
Driving Retrofit Quality – the Domestic Retrofit Standard PAS 2035

Dr Peter Rickaby is Principal Research Associate and Business Manager of the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings at University College London. He studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and holds a doctorate in energy studies from the Open University. Before joining UKCMB he spent thirty-seven years as a specialist energy and sustainability consultant, working for the building and housing industries throughout the UK and across the EU. His most recent technical project was development and implementation of an award-winning condensation, damp and mould (CDM) strategy for Peabody’s Thamesmead estate in south-east London.

Peter was a member of the Implementation Board for the UK’s Each Home Counts review, chairs the BSI’s Retrofit Standards Task Group, and is Technical Author of the UK’s new domestic retrofit standard PAS 2035 Retrofitting Dwellings for Improved Energy Efficiency: Specification and Guidance.

 

Robin Lancashire - International Building Preservation Conference 2019Robin Lancashire

Timber Frame Consultant, BM Trada
Moisture Issues in Timber Frame/CLT/SIP

Senior Timber Frame Consultant Robin Lancashire, joined TRADA in 2001 with ten years’ experience in the construction industry and a BSc in Building. Robin advises the timber frame industry on best practice and is one of the cohort that developed BM TRADA’s frameCHECK service. Robin tutors on BM TRADA’s timber frame training courses, speaks regularly at national building exhibitions and conferences and contributes regularly to various construction journals. He has extensive on-site experience of timber frame buildings, in various forms at all stages of construction and in use. His work involves him providing advice on best practice timber frame construction to all areas of the industry, from architects and their clients, to main contractors, building owners and warrantee providers. Robin has contributed to a number of BM TRADA publications. He is a co-author of The Site Manager’s Pocket Guide to Timber Frame and the 4th & 5th edition of the Timber Frame Construction book. Robin is also Advisory Editor of Low-energy timber frame buildings and contributor to Cross-laminated timber. Robin represents TRADA on the technical committee of the Structural Timber Association.

 

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“And Now for Something Completely Different”

Nicholas Donnithorne

UK Technical Services Manager, Rentokil

Nicholas joined the Woodworm and Dry Rot Division of Rentokil’s research laboratories in 1980 as a laboratory technician. For the next 28 years he worked on insect, fungi, damp and timber treatment research both on the vectors and on formulation of product. In 1990 he became the company’s timber technologist working on timber pre-treatment and gained responsibility for ISO 9001 compliance as the Laboratory and QA Manager. In 2008 he transferred to the Property Care business as Technical and SHE Manager, where he is also responsible for technical training.

From 2008, Nicholas has been actively involved with the PCA Technical committees of the Structural Waterproofing, Preservation and Residential Ventilation groups. In 1983 he was honoured to be elected a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London and further honoured in 2001 with fellowship of the Linnean Society of London.

 

Expert Question Time

“Embracing the Future”
Expert Question Time Chair: Steve Hodgson, PCA

 

Dr Peter Rickaby - International Building Preservation Conference 2019Dr Peter Rickaby

Principal Research Associate & Business Manager, UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings, University College London

Dr Peter Rickaby is Principal Research Associate and Business Manager of the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings at University College London. He studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and holds a doctorate in energy studies from the Open University. Before joining UKCMB he spent thirty-seven years as a specialist energy and sustainability consultant, working for the building and housing industries throughout the UK and across the EU. His most recent technical project was development and implementation of an award-winning condensation, damp and mould (CDM) strategy for Peabody’s Thamesmead estate in south-east London.

Peter was a member of the Implementation Board for the UK’s Each Home Counts review, chairs the BSI’s Retrofit Standards Task Group, and is Technical Author of the UK’s new domestic retrofit standard PAS 2035 Retrofitting Dwellings for Improved Energy Efficiency: Specification and Guidance.

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Paul Cutbill

Professional Development Director, Countrywide Surveying Services

Paul Cutbill is a Chartered Surveyor responsible for the development, education and Regulation of Countrywide’s professionally qualified surveying teams offering residential survey and valuation work across the UK. Paul’s background spans commercial property agency, development and more recently residential survey and valuation with a keen personal interest in surveying innovation including offsite construction and newly built communities.

Paul is Chair of RICS UK Residential Professional Group Board and their Survey and Valuation Working Group through which he has been assisting in the development of RICS Home Survey Standards, home buying reform initiatives and practitioner guidance for residential surveyors.

 

Graham Duncan

Managing Director, Richardson & Starling

Graham has over 30 years’ experience in the Building Preservation Industry and is CSRT and CSSW qualified. Coming from a Structural and Civil Engineering background, Graham joined Richardson & Starling in 1989 as a trainee surveyor and after various roles within the business, was appointed as Managing Director and has been in this role for the last 12 years.
He has significant practical experience in dealing with the identification of damp and fabric destroying organisms which cause deterioration to property fabric and value.

 

John Bradley

Head of Sales, Elta Fans

John is Head of Sales at Elta Fans Building Services Division. In the 35 years he has been involved in the ventilation industry, John has worked for a number of the UK’s leading manufacturers as well as having successfully run his own specialist residential ventilation contracting and consulting business. John is a Chartered Building Engineer with a degree in Building Engineering as well as qualifications in Mechanical Engineering and Building Services.

 

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