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Meet the heritage team

Understanding and appreciating the waterways heritage is important for everyone employed by the Canal & River Trust and we are constantly working to improve our knowledge and expertise.

Heritage advisors work at each of our eleven waterway units, and our contractors and bank staff work to high standards on our historic buildings and structures, often putting into practice skills gained on our own waterway-based heritage training courses.

Nigel Crowe, head of heritage

Nigel Crowe, Head of HeritageAs head of heritage Nigel leads the team of regional heritage advisers in England and Wales. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in the conservation, archaeology and interpretation of historic buildings and places. He has written numerous articles concerning heritage conservation and is the author of the English Heritage Book of Canals.

Audrey O’Connor, senior framework heritage adviser

Audrey O'ConnorAudrey’s role is to provide specialist technical advice and guidance to all of Canal & Rivers Trust’s framework and operational contracts. A key part of the role is to ensure our partners and contractors adhere to our high standards of compliance and workmanship when working on our heritage assets.


David Viner, heritage adviser (South Wales & Severn, Kennet & Avon (West)

David VinerDavid joined British Waterways in 2002 with a background in education, carpentry and joinery. He has a particular interest in lime mortars and lock heritage. He is the main point of contact for the team for historic boats and is currently developing guidance on the disposal of unlicensed boats.
David was involved in the restoration of the Cotswold and Droitwich Canals and enjoys looking after key sites such as the Caen Flight and Gloucester Docks.

Judy Jones, heritage adviser (Manchester & Pennine)

JudyJudy joined us in 2006, in addition to her regional advisory  role she co-ordinates heritage training for the Trust and was instrumental in the successful HLF ‘Skills for the future’ bid for heritage trainees.

Judy’s main projects of interest are the revitalising of Whaley Bridge Transhipment Warehouse which is currently a Building at Risk, and the Heritage Lottery funded works on the Pocklington Canal.

Kate Lynch, heritage adviser (North Wales & Borders)

KateKate Lynch has worked with us since 2001, she is a chartered landscape architect. Kate has worked as a heritage advisor since 2008. One of her key sites is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In addition to providing heritage support for the North Wales & Borders area, Kate has responsibility for the team’s annual reports on heritage compliance and heritage stewardship scores.

Lucky Lowe, heritage adviser (West Midlands)

Lucky joined the heritage team to cover the West Midlands during Lizzie's maternity leave. A construction graduate with 25 years’ experience working on international community development programmes, she studied for a post graduate in Heritage Management at Birmingham University.

Lucky volunteered with the heritage team, working on research and reporting, to support efforts to safeguard the unique industrial heritage of the waterways.

Ruth Garratt, heritage adviser (North East)

Ruth GarrattRuth joined our team in 2014 having formerly worked as a local authority conservation officer and historic environment manager with Historic England. Her background is in archaeology and specialises in the Industrial Heritage of the North West, although she has a particular interest in building conservation and regeneration.

Ruth is now heritage adviser to the North East Waterway, providing specialist conservation advice on all aspects of the trusts work and is our focal point for Heritage at Risk.

William Froggatt, heritage adviser (North West)

WilliamWilliam joined us in 2014 with a background in GIS and joinery.  As a former carpenter at Lincoln Cathedral, he has a particular interest in traditional joinery methods and the conservation of historic timber structures.

In addition to providing heritage support to the North West Waterway, he has responsibility for the team’s national quarterly reports on defect notifications.

Phil Emery, senior heritage adviser (London, South East, Kennet & Avon (East))

Phil joined the Trust in May 2016 with over 30 years of professional experience, working as an archaeologist and heritage consultant in both the public and private sectors.

One of his priorities is to ensure that the heritage value of the waterways is understood, protected and enhanced through intelligent inter-disciplinary design informed by effective consultation with specialists and stakeholders.

Aimee Henderson, heritage adviser (Midlands)

Aimee joined us in July 2016 having worked as a conservation manager and heritage consultant in the private sector. She has a particular interest in industrial heritage as well as the assessment and understanding of heritage significance. In addition to providing heritage support to the Midlands Waterway, she also acts as the heritage team representative to the Canal & River Trust volunteers.

Anna Zucchelli, heritage adviser (London, South East, Kennet & Avon (East))

Anna joined the Trust in 2014 with a practical conservation background, having worked as a contractor specialising in the repair of timber-framed buildings.  She has experience in teaching carpentry and joinery skills to diverse audiences.  Anna has a particular interest in promoting and exploring the connections that local communities have with historic places.



Last date edited: 6 September 2016