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Spitalfields, , E1 6AQ
United Kingdom

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The AHF appreciates that neglected buildings which are all too familiar in our towns, cities and countryside can, with a little imagination and a lot of enthusiasm, be rescued to become assets for their communities by people wanting to make a difference. The AHF has helped hundreds of organisations throughout the UK to do exactly that.


Liz Peace CBE  Chairman

During her time as Chief Executive at the British Property Federation, Liz managed to change the Government’s perception of the commercial property industry, to establish it as a key voice in policy debate, to dissuade the Government from legislating on commercial leases, to win innumerable changes to planning and tax legislation and, working as part of a pan-industry alliance, to persuade the Government to introduce real estate investment trusts (REITs). Previously, Liz was a civil servant in the MOD, eventually becoming a key player in the team that created QinetiQ plc.

Liz is now embarking on a portfolio career with a range of non-executive, advisory and charity roles, including at Morgan Sindall plc, Redrow plc, and the Churches Conservation Trust. She is the chairman of LandAid, the property industry’s principal charity and is also chairing the shadow board for the Curzon Urban Regeneration Company in Birmingham.

Roy Hodson Chair Of Audit And Risk Committee

Roy Hodson joined the Board in April 2016. He brings considerable financial expertise to the Board having been a partner at PwC for 26 years, including serving clients in the property, construction and financial services sectors. Roy was a member of the Supervisory Board at PwC, chaired the Audit & Risk Committee and was a non-executive director on the UK Deals Executive. He is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW). Roy is also a mentor to social entrepreneurs involved in start-ups and scale-ups at The School for Social Entrepreneurs in London.

Myra Barnes

Myra Barnes is a Chartered Town Planner currently working as a Partner in a small town planning consultancy.  Additionally, Myra is an Independent Member of the Assets Committee for Genesis Housing Association and a Beanstalk Volunteer working with primary school children needing help with progressing their reading. Myra previously was Head of Planning for National Grid Property where she worked on major regeneration schemes and worked to enhance the value of former gasworks sites all over Britain seeking to bring them back into beneficial use.  Prior to this Myra worked as Development Manager for Olympia & York producing the masterplan, design guidelines and planning for the development of Canary Wharf, Heron Quays and Port East.  Before this Myra worked as Assistant to the Chief Executive at the London Docklands Development Corporation working on many of the key Docklands developments. Her earlier career was as a planning officer at London Borough of Southwark and Surrey County Council.

Elizabeth Davidson OBE Chair Of Grants Committee

Liz Davidson is the Senior Project Manager for the restoration of the Mackintosh Building at Glasgow School of Art. Liz was previously Director of the Merchant City Townscape Heritage Initiative. Prior to this, she was director of the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, developing projects such as the St. Andrews in the Square Centre for Tradition Music, the Tobacco Lairds House and St. Francis Centre in the City’s Gorbals. Whilst working at the Scottish Civic Trust Liz also developed and launched the Doors Open Day initiative to encourage free public access and understanding to the City’s best historic buildings and sites – an initiative that is now flourishing across the UK.   She is a serving committee member of the HLF Panel for Scotland; and trustee of the Kilmahew St. Peter’s Trust, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

Kate Dickson

Kate heads Creative Heritage Consultants Ltd, a multi-disciplinary practice that offers a range of advisory services to those with responsibilities for listed and historic buildings, especially redundant structures and those ‘at risk’.  She gained particular experience in creative reuse as the Director of Heritage Works BPT, a post she held for over ten years, during which time the Trust delivered a number of major regeneration projects, including the nationally significant shell repair of Murrays’ Mills in Ancoats, Manchester.  She continues her activities in the heritage building trust sector as Chair of the Heritage Trust Network in the Midlands. Kate is a registered architect and a membership assessor for the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.  She is a mentor, monitor and expert adviser to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and previously served on the Heritage Lottery Fund NW regional committee.

John Duggan DL

John Duggan is an experienced businessman with over 35 years in real estate and retail in the UK, the US, Asia and continental Europe. He is currently Chairman of Baytree Logistics Properties, in partnership with AXA IM Real Assets and Chair of Milton Keynes Development Partnership. He was Chairman and previously Chief Executive of Gazeley for twenty years, a leading international developer of distribution space, a wholly owned subsidiary of ASDA/Wal*Mart, and Property Director and member of the management board of ASDA. Prior to joining Gazeley he was in the house-building sector for with Barratts and Hunting Gate. He has held a number of other Non Executive appointments on the boards of AIM listed companies. 
His previous not for profit appointments include being Chair of Milton Keynes Parks Trust for twenty years, a board member of the China US Centre for sustainability, a member of the Investment Committee of the Bridges Ventures Sustainability Fund and, until recently an adviser to Actis (previously the Common Wealth Development Fund) on logistics development in Africa. 

Rita Harkin

Rita Harkin is a built heritage consultant. From 2000 to 2013 Rita fronted the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, leading it on high profile planning casework and campaigns, she also developed its education and traditional building skills programmes.  Prior to that she was employed as Heritage Officer with Belfast City Council; a researcher with Rachel Bevan Architects; and Northern Ireland Development Officer for the Ecology Building Society.
She currently serves on the board of Hearth Revolving Fund, Northern Ireland’s first BPT, and the Irish Landmark Trust, which saves and restores historic buildings to provide holiday accommodation. She has an MA in Town Planning from Edinburgh College of Art and a Royal Society of Ulster Architects’ Diploma in Historic Building Conservation. Rita was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study best practice in universal access to historic buildings in Scandinavia and the United States.

Richard Keen

Richard Keen is a consultant specialising in working with local communities in developing heritage as an aid to economic and cultural regeneration. He has over forty years experience working in Welsh heritage including employment with the National Museum of Wales and the National Trust with direct responsibility for the care and conservation of historic buildings & landscapes and the implementation and management of medium and large scale projects.
He has served on the  Ancient Monuments Board for Wales, the Historic Buildings Advisory Council (Chairman from May 2004 to July 2010), Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Wales. He is currently the Chair for Wales of the Heritage Trust Network (Association of Preservation Trusts); Trustee of the Welsh Georgian Trust; Director of the Commodum Trust;Trustee of the Land Phil Global Trust and the Pembrey Mountain Trust.

Phillip Kirby OBE

Phillip Kirby brings with him years of experience in project management, construction, professional appointments and budgeting. Previously he was Managing Director of National Grid Property specialising in the clean-up, regeneration and sale of, often contaminated, ex-gas and electrical industrial sites as well as the design and construction of new build offices and fit outs for the group. He was involved with many industry bodies, chairing two contaminated land research groups, was a member of the Lord Rogers led Urban Task force and also chaired working groups with the Government in the early 1990's to help formulate the contaminated land legislation that we have today. Prior to National Grid and British Gas, he worked for Stanhope dealing with the development and construction of large office developments and business parks, leading design teams and developing sites such as Stockley Park, Chiswick and Broadgate. His early career was in Civil Engineering on projects ranging from roads and bridges to sea and river defences, including the Thames Barrier.