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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 Heritage Advisory Group is chaired by Sir Neil Cossons. Neil was, for fourteen years director of the Science Museum, London and from 2000-2007 chairman of English Heritage. His special area of expertise is industrial archaeology on which he has published and broadcast over many years. He has been a non-executive director of the British Waterways Board and chairman of The Waterways Trust and advises on World Heritage nominations in Britain and overseas.

The other committee members are:

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.

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

Keith Falconer
Currently chairman of the Association for Industrial Archaeology and is undertaking a National Overview of the Heritage of Inland Waterways for Historic England.

Philip Grover
Director of GroverLewis. Has worked as a built heritage professional for over 30 years. Experience includes appointments as a conservation specialist in 3 English local authorities, higher education and consultancy. Is a founder member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

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.

Stephen Hughes
International general secretary of the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage, adviser on the Industrial Archaeological World Heritage. Vice-President of the International Council for the Conservation of Monuments and Sites in the UK.

Jane Kennedy
Narrowboat owner and architect to the cathedrals of Ely, Newcastle and Christ Church, Oxford.

Laurence Newman
Chairman at Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and chairman of Grove End Housing Ltd. Previously a trustee of Comic Relief. Former trustee of The Waterways Trust until its merger into Canal & River Trust, when he was chair of the Museums & Attractions Partnership and a member of the Canal & River Trust Council until the end of 2014.

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 North Wales & Borders Waterways Partnership.

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.

Nigel Crowe
Head of Heritage at 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: 21 March 2017