Heritage Advisory Group

The Canal & River Trust is responsible for the third largest collection of listed buildings in the UK and the Heritage Advisory Group will provide valuable advice and support on heritage and conservation issues.

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The Advisory Group members are:

Nigel Barker-Mills (Chair)

Nigel is an architectural historian, with a BA from Reading University in History of Art and Architecture. He was awarded a Courtauld Institute Scholarship in 1978 and gained a PhD in 1985.  In 1990 he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Building Conservation from the Architectural Association in London.

Nigel carried out the Accelerated Listing Resurvey for Surrey and was subsequently appointed Historic Buildings Advisor to Surrey County Council. In 2001, he joined English Heritage (SE) as Historic Areas Advisor for Kent and East Sussex becoming the team leader for Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire in 2005. In 2010 Nigel moved to English Heritage London Region as Head of Regional Partnerships becoming London Planning Director in 2011. He retired from Historic England in 2016.

Apart from contributing to a number of publications, Nigel, a founder member of the IHBC, served on its Council and chaired the Editorial Board of Context, its journal.

Peter Brown

A canal historian and boater. A member of the Council of the Canal & River Trust, having been nominated by the Railway & Canal Historical Society.

Nigel Crowe

Nigel Crowe began his career in heritage in the 1980s, working in the listing branch of English Heritage. Between 1988–2018 he was the architectural heritage officer for the British Waterways Board and then head of heritage for British Waterways and the Canal & River Trust, where he led a team of regional heritage advisers in England and Wales. He has over 30 years’ experience of working in the conservation, management and interpretation of historic buildings and archaeological sites. Nigel has written widely on heritage matters and is a member of the IHBC’s editorial board. He is the author of the English Heritage Book of Canals (1995).

Harriet Devlin

Runs conservation courses at Birmingham City University. Was awarded an MBE in 2014 for her services to the Historic Environment.

Keith Falconer

Retired English Heritage Head of Industrial Archaeology. Expert consultant.  Currently chairman of the Association for Industrial Archaeology and is undertaking a National Overview of the Heritage of Inland Waterways for Historic England.

Edward Holland

Former Inspector of Historic Buildings at Cadw, Curator for National Trust, Conservation Manager for Monmouthshire County Council and then Senior Projects Advisor at The Prince's Regeneration Trust until starting Holland Heritage in 2015.

Jane Kennedy

Director of Purcell: architects, designers, heritage consultants.  Narrowboat owner and architect to the cathedrals of Ely, Newcastle and Christ Church, Oxford.

Nicki Schiessel Harvey

Nicki is a senior lecturer within Birmingham City University’s School of Engineering & the Built Environment. Her focus is on environmental management and assessment. She is also completing a PhD examining the changing roles and methods of socio-economic impact assessment in planning and managing waterway restoration projects. This interest grew during her time as an environmental planning consultant for Atkins, where she worked on impact assessments, feasibility studies and audience development plans for a range of tourism, heritage and other developments, including several canal projects. She has also worked for Advantage West Midlands as a policy researcher and was assistant HLF monitor for the Cotswolds and the Droitwich canal projects.

John Yates

Architect, historic boat and industrial heritage specialist. Past chairman of the Boat Museum Trust and a former chair of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. He is also a member of the West Midlands Regional Advisory Board and a member of the Trust's Council.

Margaret Harrison

Margaret is the Collections Manager for Canal & River Trust. She’s responsible for the collections at the museums at Ellesmere Port, Gloucester and Stoke Bruerne. Margaret has 25 years’ experience working in the museum and heritage sector.

Phil Emery

Senior Heritage Advisor, Canal & River Trust.


The Advisory Group plays an important role in helping to inform the heritage policies and procedures of the Trust and shaping innovative and forward-thinking approaches to managing the heritage of the waterways. The group members also bring with them a wide range of individual specialisms and expertise that can be called upon when required.

Read the Heritage Advisory Group terms of reference


Last date edited: 4 January 2019