What we do

The Heritage of London Trust was set up by the GLC in 1980 to fill the gap in what public bodies could do for London’s lost, neglected or ruined buildings and monuments. Today, the Trust continues that role – seeking out restoration projects which help beautify the city, keep its character and charm, and provide a link to its diverse history.

Our work is across the whole of Greater London. We offer grants for building restoration and help other heritage bodies, local councils and charitable trusts get projects off the ground. All our projects benefit the public – we work only on buildings and monuments that the public can enjoy. All must be of historic or architectural significance, but may be listed or unlisted.

We run educational projects, events and programmes which help people from all over London visit these places. We encourage you to join us, support our work, and take your part in keeping London’s history alive.

Who we are

Patron

We are deeply honoured to have His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO, as our Patron.

Director

Dr Nicola Stacey, Director of the Heritage of London Trust since 2015, has a DPhil from Oxford University in Archaeology, an MA in Archaeology and BA in Ancient and Modern History. She has published and lectured on history and archaeology in the UK and abroad. After a career as an archaeologist, she worked for the Museum of London and then for nine years at English Heritage, researching and presenting historic sites to the public. In 2012 she was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

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Chairman

Dudley Fishburn, Chairman of the Heritage of London Trust since 2011, was Executive Editor of the Economist newspaper and Member of Parliament for Kensington from 1988 to 1997.

Dudley has honorary doctorates from the Open University and Reading University. He was the first Englishman to be elected to Harvard University’s governing board, the Board of Overseers, and for ten years chaired the library committee of Harvard’s school and faculties. He served on the executive committee of the National Trust and as Deputy Chairman of the Peabody Housing Trust. He is Chairman of the Governors of Theale Green Academy, a school for 1,100 students.

President

Martin Drury has dedicated his career over 30 years to the conservation of historic buildings. He was awarded a CBE in 2001 and the Esher Award in 2002 for services to the protection of historic buildings.

From 1996 until 2001 he was Director General of the National Trust and from 2003 until 2009 he was a Commissioner of the Royal Hospital. As well as President of the Heritage of London Trust, he is Vice-Chairman of the Attingham Trust and Vice-President of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts. He is a Member of the St Paul’s Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee.

Trustees

Nick Collins

Nick Collins BSc (Hons) MSc MRICS IHBC has twenty years’ experience in the property sector, including most recently as a Director of the Conservation Team at Alan Baxter & Associates.  Nick spent nine years at English Heritage/Historic England where as Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings & Areas he led a specialist team on a wide range of heritage projects in East & South London.  Previously Conservation Officer at the London Borough of Bromley, Nick began his career at international real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle as a Chartered Surveyor.

Edward Benyon

Edward Benyon has over 30 years’ property experience and manages the Benyon Estate in Hackney, comprising around 300 properties located within the conservation area of De Beauvoir Town, in N1. The estate has been in the same ownership since its origins in the mid-19th century. Edward is trustee of the March Foundation and the Stratfield Mortimer Relief in Need Fund and involved in a number of restoration projects in Hackney.

Michael Hoare

Michael Hoare, FCA, INSEAD has had a business career in France and also works as a consultant to C. Hoare & Co., the UK’s oldest family-owned private bank. He was Chairman of the National Churches Trust, and is currently Treasurer and co-founder of the Future for Religious Heritage (Brussels), a Council Member of the Architectural Heritage Fund and La Sauvegarde de l’Art Français (Paris), and a trustee of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Jamie Cayzer-Colvin

Jamie Cayzer-Colvin is a director of Caledonia Investments, an investment trust which developed out of the the 19th century shipping business Clan Line Steamers, once the world’s largest cargo carrying line. He has been an army officer, worked at Close Brothers and as Brand Manager with Whitbread Beer Company and was Business Development Manager at GPT from 1992-1995. He is currently Chairman of The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust and non-executive director of Polar Capital Holdings. He has an MBA from Henley Management College.

Philip Davies

Philip Davies MA, Dip TP, MRTPI, IHBC, FRHist S, FRAS, FSA is a best-selling author, historian, international heritage consultant, and an expert on London’s history. Until 2011 he was Planning & Development Director at English Heritage where he was responsible for managing change to some of England’s most important buildings and places, including the government estate and the occupied royal palaces, as well as preparing national conservation guidance on a whole range of topics from urban regeneration to the control of tall buildings.

Alec Forshaw

Alec Forshaw worked in local government for 35 years and was conservation officer with the London Borough of Islington for 21 years. He is passionate about the re-use of historic buildings. He lectures widely on conservation and urban design issues, and has written extensively on London, including Smithfield Past and Present, The Square Mile, Open Spaces, Markets of London, Twentieth-Century Islington, 1970s London, New City and The Barbican. He is a Trustee of Churches Conservation, Finsbury Health Centre and HOLTOPS.

Geoffrey Murray

Geoffrey Murray is a Chartered Surveyor and spent 25 years working in social housing including as Chief Executive of Soho Housing Association, followed by Kensington Housing Trust. He has a Diploma in Building Conservation from the College of Estate Management and has been a Trustee of Youth2Youth (Chair), The Internal Audit Association (HA) Ltd (Vice Chair), North Kensington City Challenge Ltd (Chair Housing Strategy Group), Jubilee Hall (Covent Garden) Development Consortium and People for Action.

Emily Arnold

Emily Arnold is a solicitor at Farrer & Co and qualified into the IP & Commercial team in 2014. She has a wide-ranging practice advising on general commercial contracts, copyright, design right and trademarks, and the registration and protection of IP rights. Emily is a member of Farrer’s Museums & Galleries and Art & Heritage groups and is familiar with issues relating to the management and commercialisation of works of art and other forms of cultural property. Her specialist interest is 17th and 18th century British architecture.

Kit Kemp

Kit Kemp is a multi-award winning interior designer, co-owner and Design Director for Firmdale Hotels. She has helped lead the design and redevelopment of eight five star boutique hotels in London since the 1980s, including Ham Yard Hotel – the transformation and regeneration of a deserted site in Soho. As well as London, she has led hotel projects in New York. She has long experience of combining contemporary design with historic buildings and has won many individual design awards. In 2012, she received an MBE for services to the hotel industry and charity.

Jamie Ritblat

Jamie Ritblat is Chairman and Chief Executive of Delancey, an investment advisory company specialising in property development. He has thirty years’ experience and knowledge of London’s property sector, supporting buildings and projects which benefit the public. He has been responsible for restoring and refurbishing numerous listed buildings and has been instrumental in major public realm projects across London such as the transformation of the former London 2012 Olympic Village into a new neighbourhood for London, East Village. Jamie joined the Board of the Heritage of London Trust in 2016.

Dora Dixon-Fyle

Cllr Dora Dixon-Fyle has been a Labour councillor in Southwark for 18 years, and has recently served as Mayor of Southwark, one of the boroughs in London most transformed through regeneration. She has served the cabinet executive continuously since 2010 and held the portfolios of Public Health & Adult Social Care, Education and Children’s Services and Arts, Culture and Events as well as served on boards either as trustee or chair of trustees for various charities both international and local to south London. Dora was awarded the MBE in 2011 for services to local government.

Honorary Secretary: Mandy Perry

Honorary Treasurer: Geoffrey Rice

The Heritage of London Trust Limited. Registered Charity no. 280272. Registered in England and Wales as a Company limited by guarantee no. 01485287.  Registered office: 34 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0DH.