Our Built Heritage

Lessons for Resilience

On the occasion of its 15th anniversary, the ever popular CIOB annual conservation conference returns face to face after a two year virtual break.

church house westminster, venue of the ciob conservation conference

Event Details

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Church House Westminster

Deans Yard

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26 April 2022

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09:00 AM - 05:30 PM

About the Event

The theme for this year’s event is extremely topical as it focusses on resilience in relation to our built heritage. Participants will learn how key organisations within the UK and Europe have responded to and are coping with recent events – the impacts of COVID and of course climate change being at the forefront of these issues.

Typically, governments the world over are reacting to the consequences of climate change in particular by imposing knee-jerk legislation which is inappropriate for traditional buildings, inevitably causing problems which will need to be resolved in the near future.

A series of case studies will explore how we can ensure that our built heritage remains fit for future generations without undue drastic compromise in a new world; what training, education and standards there should be; and how we need to learn lessons to adapt to meet requirements now and in the future.

This highly thought-provoking conference will provide invaluable CPD for anyone involved in the Heritage Sector at whatever level, and the CIOB team very much looks forward to welcoming you back.

Event Fees

CIOB Member


£135.00 (+VAT)

£180.00 (+VAT)

In Partnership with

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Gold Sponsor

sir robert mcalpine special projects logo


Morning Sessions


9:30 am – 9:40 am

Welcome and Introductions

Rory Cullen, Chair of CIOB’s Heritage Group, Director of Cullen Conservation
Rebecca Thompson FCIOB, Senior Estate Manager, English Heritage

9:40 am – 9:45 am

Morning Chair

Caroline Gumble BSc (Open), CMS, MCIPD, FRSA, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Building

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Climate Change: What are we in time to do?

Professor May Cassar CBE, Director, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage

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10:15 am – 10:45 am

Recovery – Are we at a crossroad?

Graham Bell FRSA, Director, Cultura Trust

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10:45 am – 11:05 am


11:05 am – 11:45 am

Somerset House North Wing refurbishment, making a grade 1 listed building fit for the future

Anthony Tyrrells, Head of Estates and Facilities, at The Courtauld Institute of Art

11:45 am – 12:15pm

The Portuguese presidency palaces case study – Keep using conditions as a resilience strategy

Pedro Vaz, Responsible for the Portuguese Presidency’s built heritage conservation

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12:15 pm – 12:40 pm

Training, Education & Standards – are they good enough?

Professor John Edwards MA, DipBldgCons, CEnv, FCIOB, FRICS, IHBC, Director Edwards Hart Consultants, Professor on Practice University of Wales Trinity St David

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12:40 pm – 01.00 pm

Case Study on Training at the Burghauptmannschaft, Austria

HR Reinhold Sahl, Head of Department, Burghauptmannschaft , Austria

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01:00 pm – 02:00 pm


Afternoon Sessions
02:00pm – 02:05pm

Afternoon Chair

Mike Foy OBE, MBA, FCIOB, FCMI, CIOB President 2021/2022

02:05 pm – 02:15 pm

An Introduction to the 2022 International Built Heritage Conference – Field Trip in Malta

Rory Cullen, Chair of CIOB’s Heritage Group, Director of Cullen Conservation

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02:15 pm – 03:00 pm

Retrofit – How can we avoid mistakes

Dr Robyn Pender, Senior Building Conservation Advisor, Historic England

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03:00 pm – 03:30 pm

Riding the Perfect Storm – Hurst Castle, Covid and Climate Change

Rob Woodside, Conservation & Estates Director, English Heritage

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03:30 pm – 03:50 pm

Tea and Coffee Break

03:50 pm –  04:20 pm

St Marylebone Parish Church Changing Lives – A Lesson in Resilience

Samuel James Wilson Package Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine

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04:20 pm – 04:30 pm


04:30 pm –  05:00 pm

Panel Discussion & Audience Participation Session – chaired by Kate Mavor CBE

Kate Mavor CBE, Chief Executive, English Heritage

05:00 pm

Drinks Reception


Keynote Speaker

Professor May Cassar CBE, keynote speaker at the heritage conferrence

Professor May Cassar CBE

Director, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage

May Cassar is the Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage which she established in 2001. May is a member of the Science Advisory Council of the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport and sits on its Culture and Heritage Capital Programme Advisory Board. For the last 20 years May has been involved in heritage science and policy research and development focussing in particular on climate change impacts. May is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the IPCC-ICOMOS-UNESCO International Co-Sponsored Meeting on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the JPI Cultural Heritage. In 2021 May was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen with the award of a CBE for services to heritage. She was awarded the Plowden Gold Medal by the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association in 2012.

Graham Bell, speaker

Graham Bell

Director, Cultura Trust

Graham trained and practiced as an architect, working on an RIBA Building of the Year and for an Anglo-Swedish project office, which no doubt influenced the career which followed; what was innovative social housing became within 20 years, protected national heritage. He crossed the fence from consultancy to being (he would like to think) an informed client as Director of a 55-year-old charity now known as Cultura Trust. The journey has taken him through conservation management of historic areas and landmarks to an award-winning programme of traditional skills training and building up a portfolio of repurposed historic assets. Over time he has been drawn further into the European context of his work, from governance to projects. The benefits have been reciprocated back into Cultura’s work, including his role as UK National Co-ordinator for 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage – challenging, given it was the year of Brexit…

Rory Cullen

Chair of CIOB's Heritage Group, Director of Cullen Conservation

Rory Cullen is Director of Cullen Conservation, a Heritage Consultancy he set up in December 2017 following his 15-year tenure as Head of Buildings for the National Trust, where he was responsible for ensuring his team of 120 Building Surveyors and 150 Direct Labour Craftsmen maintained the highest professional standards for the Trust’s 28,500 buildings and structures. As Chair of the Chartered Institute of Building Conservation Special Interest Group, he has coordinated the Heritage Certification Scheme, and also had a key role in the revision of BS 7913: 2013 – the industry standard for the Conservation of Historic Buildings. He is a Fellow of the CIOB, a member of the IHBC and has an MSc in Building Conservation. He also holds Certification in European Heritage Site Management, and is fully certified as a Heritage Practitioner.

Professor John Edwards

Director Edwards Hart Consultants, Professor on Practice University of Wales Trinity St David

Although best known for his work in the heritage sector Professor Edwards is responsible for business, heritage, energy and building consultancy at Edwards Hart. Projects and building analysis involve buildings ranging from housing to prestigious sites such the London Coliseum and Somerset House. Business consultancy work includes development of certification competency schemes, development and delivery of training, impact analysis on skill supply, estate management organisational review and bench marking with clients that include FMB, National Trust, CIOB, CITB and Palace of Westminster. Has contributed to the development of best practice which includes lead authorship of BS 7913: 2013: Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings, lead author of the RICS iSURV resource on ‘Managing Risks in Building Conservation Projects’ and a member of the BSI B/560 committee on cultural heritage and BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group. Professor on Practice at the University of Wales Trinity St David and delivers training in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe as well as leading on retrofit at the Construction Wales Innovation Centre.

Mike Foy OBE

CIOB President 2021/2022

Mike is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and the Chartered Management Institute. In addition to his membership of CIOB and CMI he has an MBA from the Open University and a Non-Executive Directors Diploma from the Financial Times. He was awarded the OBE for ‘Services to Education’ in the 2017 New Years Honours List. He has represented CIOB on the Competence Steering Group – Working Group 11 developing a procurement competence framework which was part of the ‘Building a Safer Future’ report following Grenfell. He is also CIOB’s representative on the Scottish Building Standards Futures Board. Mike has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, mainly client side where he has experience of working with contractors having local, national and international experience. He was Chief Officer of 3 different departments with a large Local Authority prior to becoming its Assistant Chief Executive. The last 10 years have been spent with the Department of Education fulfilling a number of roles including leading a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the development and delivery of schools in the West Midlands and North West of England. Mike has extensive experience of the CIOB having been a member for many years and has served on regional committees prior to becoming a Trustee where he served on a number of committees/boards prior to becoming Vice President and in June 2021 its President. Aside from the construction industry Mike is a Director of Fordhall Community Land Initiative – Shropshire.

Caroline Gumble

Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Building

Caroline joined the CIOB in August 2019 and is responsible for the day to day leadership of the Institute supported by a Management Board of functional directors and staff. Caroline is responsible to the Trustees for overseeing all operations of the Institute. Caroline has extensive business leadership experience gained in the UK and overseas, within the Automotive and Capital goods sectors gained with Lucas Industries, Ransomes Sims & Jefferies,Textron Inc and Membership organisation leadership within EEF Ltd / Make UK. Creating diverse, high performing business environments is a passion for Caroline with a focus on skills development and lifelong learning. As the former CEO of EEF East Anglia and latterly Chief Operating Officer Make UK she provided leadership for Make UK’s key operating areas, including the management of apprentice and technical training, open course and bespoke training programme development, HR Legal services, health, safety and sustainability and cybersecurity services.

Kate Mavor CBE

Chief Executive, English Heritage

Kate Mavor CBE is CEO of the English Heritage Trust, a charity formed in 2015 now with over 1m members, 2300 staff and 3800 volunteers. English Heritage cares for over 420 historic buildings and monuments, their associated gardens and landscapes, and each with their own unique conservation needs. Our buildings, covering six millennia of England’s history, are constantly monitored for damage and deterioration, with our experts carrying out vital conservation work and preventative care to ensure these historic sites can continue to be enjoyed for many years to come. Before joining the organisation, Kate was CEO of the National Trust for Scotland, Project Scotland and Language Line. She is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, holds an honorary degree for services to conservation from Heriot Watt University and was awarded a CBE for services to heritage in 2022.

Dr Robyn Pender

Senior Building Conservation Advisor, Historic England

A physicist specialising in the interaction of moisture with building materials and systems, Robyn is a senior advisor for Historic England (working for Morwenna Slade in the Historic Building Climate Change Adaptation Team). After 12 years studying, teaching and researching with Sharon Cather in the Courtauld Institute of Art’s Wall Painting Conservation Department, in 2002 she joined the Centre for Sustainable Heritage in UCL’s Bartlett Graduate School. There she undertook the ground-breaking scoping study commissioned by English Heritage’s Chief Scientist, Mike Corfield, aimed at understanding the potential impacts of climate change on the historic environment. In 2006 she joined English Heritage, where as well as researching and advising on climate change and building performance she helped produce the Practical Building Conservation series and acted as principal editor for the Building Environment, Metals, and Glass & Glazing volumes. Other roles have included membership of the Architecture and Built Environment sub-panel for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework and of the editorial board of the Journal for Architectural Conservation and serving as a Commissioner for the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England. It has been Robyn’s good fortune to work closely with building professionals, archaeologists and historians; and as a result, she has become increasingly fascinated by what science and history intertwined have to tell us about energy and carbon use in the built environment.

HR Reinhold Sahl

Head of Department, Burghauptmannschaft , Austria

Reinhold Sahl is the head of Burghauptmannschaft Österreich (BHOe) since 2010. BHOe is an executive office of the Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs, Austria and is responsible for the maintenance and administration of the Cultural Heritage of Austria. About 110 famous historic buildings like Hofburg Vienna (Imperial Palace Vienna and Prince Eugene of Savoy´s summer residency Belvedere Palace (Austrian Gallery Belverede) are included.

 Reinhold studied Law at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and completed a training as professional officer at the Military Academy Wiener Neustadt. Most of his military career he was involved in the facility management of military buildings. In his function as Burghauptmann, he is very keen to maintain and develop relevant competences and modern technologies for Cultural Heritage.

Rebecca Thompson

Senior Estate Manager, English Heritage

Rebecca is the Senior Estate Manager for English Heritage, leading a team of conservation professionals in the maintenance and conservation of our historic sites in the North of England. Rebecca is a member of the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship, ASCHB, IHBC, Worshipful Company of Constructors, Merchant Adventurers of the City of York, and Past Master of the York Guild of Building. Rebecca has a keen interest in heritage, the skills and apprenticeships for construction and the heritage sector, mentoring young people. Rebecca provides guest lectures to many UK and international universities and has just completed her Masters in the Archaeology of Buildings.

Anthony Tyrrells

Head of Estates and Facilities, at The Courtauld Institute of Art

Anthony Tyrrell is Head of Estates and Facilities, at The Courtauld Institute of Art having previously occupied similar posts at both University College London (Archway Campus) and the Institute of Education. Anthony is responsible for managing facilities services (security, cleaning, maintenance, utilities), student accommodation, health and safety, insurance arrangements, developing and implementing a fit-for purpose Major Incident Plan and supporting the development of business continuity planning pertaining to The Courtauld’s occupation of the Grade 1 listed North Wing of Somerset House, its Vernon Square campus and its student residential property located in Lancaster Place.   In addition, Anthony leads on supporting and managing the delivery of The Courtauld’s transformational project Courtauld Connects valued at cica £90M. This is an ambitious development programme that will make The Courtauld’s world-class artworks, research and teaching accessible to even more people that visit and study at The Courtauld within the historical setting of Somerset House.


Anthony was elected to serve as a Courtauld Staff Governor in December 2018 and is member of the Courtauld Finance and Operations Committee. Anthony was Chair of the British Association of Cleaning in Higher Education from 2011 to 2017 and Chair of the Bloomsbury Safer Neighbourhood Panel from 2010 to 2014. Anthony holds a BSc (Hons) from Oxford Brookes University and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building.


Pedro Vaz

Responsible for the Portuguese Presidency’s built heritage conservation

Pedro is a practitioner Architect (1994), MSc (2002) and PhD in Conservation Studies (2016), having built over 100 000sqm, more than 500 apartments and more than 20 private houses, with one 1st prize and one 3rd prize at International Competitions, a Finalist award at Heritage Conservation International Competitions. Keeping the private activity, he started a carrier as public architect in 1996 at the Portuguese Heritage Institute, developing projects for several State entities. In 2006 he becomes the architect of the Portuguese Presidency, responsible for the conservation, maintenance, restoration and rehabilitation projects in the Presidential palace in Lisbon, the palace at the Citadel in Cascais and the former president’s official offices, all belonging to the presidency. Apart from paper conferences, he is the author of 5 published books and co-author of 6 other books on architectural history and conservation theory. He was awarded two national Orders in 2006 and 2016 by two different Presidents.

Samuel Wilson

Package Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine

Samuel James Wilson is currently the Package Manager for Sir Robert McAlpine at St. Marylebone Parish Church project, overseeing most of the conservation works presently being undertaken. Samuel, now 33 years old, left school aged 15 with no qualifications to his name, only to build his career within the construction and then within the Heritage sector, first through a scholarship with The Prince’s Foundation and then through his persistence and passion in the industry. Samuel is a driven individual who endeavours to protect our built heritage whilst pushing for environmentally and sustainable strategies.

Rob Woodside

Conservation & Estates Director, English Heritage

Rob is the Estates Director at English Heritage and holds responsibility for the conservation and maintenance of 420 of the most significant historic buildings and ancient monuments in England. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in archaeology, heritage management, building conservation and project management, having had a number of senior roles in the National Trust and for the environmental planning and design consultants Atkins. He led the development of the new English Heritage Sustainable Conservation Strategy which aims to take a more holistic and long-term approach to managing conservation in a changing environment.

More on this topic

The Chartered Institute of Building have a range of events and activities which have been created to inspire and support professionals with a particular interest in the conservation, adaptation and restoration of historic buildings.

CIOB Conservation Certification Scheme

Find out more about joining the CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme or becoming a Chartered Environmentalist or a CIOB Building Surveyor here.

Understanding Building Conservation

2-day course (currently online) | multiple 2022 dates

Improve your decision making when working on and managing traditional buildings, including both unprotected traditional buildings, and those which are protected due to their historic significance. Find out more here.

Additional learning

There is a range of CPD and courses available on the CIOB Academy website

You can also share webinars, papers and learning content with our members through the CIOB Academy to demonstrate your organisation’s expertise in the heritage sector. Details can be found here

CIOB Awards

28th Sept 2022

For more than 40 years the CIOB Awards recognise the very best talent in construction and the medals awarded for the Restoration category give us the opportunity to shine the spotlight on exceptional individual working in the heritage sector. Details on how to enter or sponsor are found here www.cmya.co.uk

Malta Field Trip

1st-3rd Nov 2022

Delegates will join CIOB leaders in Malta to explore the challenges and opportunities of working in locations of historical significance. More detail on how to book your place on this trip will follow shortly.


Gold Sponsor

Sir Robert McAlpine Special Projects – Expertise and passion combined.
Complex heritage restoration and signature new build projects call for a different degree of care. They often require targeted and highly bespoke solutions. Sir Robert McAlpine Special Projects are dedicated to providing clients with this attention to the finest detail, technical excellence and expertise to realise their aspirations. These partnerships – with collaboration at the core – often sees our clients returning to us with new projects to assist with – working together to solve new challenges to conserve and build Britain’s Future Heritage. Sir Robert McAlpine is a Chartered Building Company. www.srm.com

Bronze Sponsors