The Historic Towns and Villages Forum is run largely by volunteers, and the core of the HTVF’s Board comprises:
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Chair – Steven Bee
Treasurer – Richard Tuffrey
Director – Louise Thomas
Sara studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art where she specialised in historic building conservation and subsequently worked for a number of architectural practices focusing on the repair and conservation of historic buildings in both Edinburgh and Cumbria. She most recently spent 11 years working for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) where she was Deputy Director and Head of Casework. She also ran the SPAB's Faith in Maintenance project – a five-year HLF-funded programme to provide training and support for those who maintain historic places of worship. Sara joined the HLF in June 2015 as Head of Historic Environment and has a particular interest in architecture, building conservation, archaeology and place-making.
Timothy is the Built and Natural Environment Manager at Darlington Borough Council.
James is a planner-architect with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He has led planning/development services in UK cities and district local authorities in the Midlands and Yorkshire and works collaboratively to create high quality places. He is Strategic Director of Place for North West Leicestershire District Council with responsibility for Community Services, Planning and Regeneration departments.
James has worked and advised on a wide range conservation projects and funding bids including Townscape Heritage Initiatives in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market and Cultural Industries Quarter/regeneration of Park Hill in Sheffield where he was head of Urban Design and Conservation for 10 years at Sheffield City Council. He is committed to Design Review and has been a panel member on regional panels including Yorkshire, Better Places! and OPUN East Midlands.
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Professor Malcom Airs
With a career mainly in the public sector at a strategic level, Michael is a planner and chartered surveyor, and was formerly Head of Land Use Planning and Regeneration at English Heritage. He continues to represent the interests of the historic environment, is a former Vice Chair of the National Planning Forum, erstwhile adviser to the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, and was Vice President of the Association of Small Historic Towns and Villages (ASHTAV). He has contributed directly to the Forum’s research programmes and published guidance.