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. You can read about the work of our heritage advisors in their blog.

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.

Lizey Thomson, heritage adviser (West Midlands)

 Lizey ThomsonLizey joined British Waterways in 2002 working across the network and has a particular knowledge of the Midlands canal network which she now covers. Lizey is currently working on several developmental projects including the restoration of the Grade II* listed Roundhouse in Birmingham.

She also has an enthusiastic interest in the local materials used to build the canals in particular bricks. 

Kate Langley, graduate heritgae advisor (West Midlands) 

Kate joined the Trust in 2013 in the national restoration team. In May 2017 Kate joined the heritage team. She has an MA in Heritage Management and is currently studying ‘Conservation of the Historic Environment’ at Birmingham City University. She has a particular interest in understanding the significance of places. In addition to providing heritage support to the Midlands Waterway, she also acts as the heritage team representative to our volunteers.

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.

Sam Pointer, graduate heritage adviser (London, South East, Kennet & Avon (East)

Sam joined the Canal and River Trust as a HLF Heritage Trainee in September 2016, and initially worked alongside the Trust’s construction team on the Grand Union Canal. After receiving a L2 Award in ‘Heritage Conservation and Restoration of Britain’s Canals and Waterways’, he joined the bankside staff on the Kennet and Avon Canal, where he is currently working towards a L3 qualification in ‘Heritage Stonemasonry’.

Prior to joining the Trust, Sam worked as a field archaeologist. Sam is currently undertaking a 6 month secondment with the Heritage Team.

Last date edited: 17 April 2018