Please use the contact details below to reach the appropriate member of the Directorate.

Historic Towns & Villages Forum
Kellogg College
60-62 Banbury Rd

Tel: (0)1865 612033
Email: [email protected]

Director -  Louise Thomas

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Photograph coming! Louise Thomas

Tel: 01865 612033

Mobile: 07870 257221

Email: [email protected]

Louise is an architect by training, and has worked as an urban designer for more than 20 years. She has been involved in major town and city centre projects, as well as small scale public realm improvements and working with housing growth in rural locations.

In her other role as Director of Thomas Design Regeneration & Consultation Ltd (established in 2004), she enjoys finding ways of giving more people a voice in planning and development processes. Louise also teaches urban design and development viability on the University of Westminster's Master's in Urban Design programme.


HTVF Board Members

In consultation with the membership at the regular Board Meetings and through the AGM, the policies and strategies of HTVF are guided by the elected and co-opted members of its Board. Members have a range of expertise; if you would like to discuss issues around any particular topic, send your enquiry to [email protected].






Tony Wyatt


Tel: 08456 43 60 66
Mobile: 07974 068 285
Email: [email protected]

Plus Urban Design Ltd: Newcastle upon Tyne and with associate offices in Birmingham - London - Oxford - Manchester

Position: Managing Director since 2016 and co-founder in 2011 of an innovative urban design company +PlusUD helping local authorities, developers, landowners, community groups and local people to understand, protect, enhance and add value to their local places.

38+ years experience as a specialist urban design, architectural and historic environment advisor and practitioner in the planning, conservation and regeneration sectors.

Responsibilities: Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert (BEE); Vice Chair of Integreat Plus Yorkshire Design Service and also of Design North East Review & Enabling Service; Urban design advisor to Places Matter! North West design review panel; former Home Office national design review panellist; Academy of Urbanism Place Partnering panellist and Academician;

Biography: Previously Associate Director at _space group, Urban Design Director at Ryder Architecture and prior to that worked at Newcastle City Council for 20 years latterly as Urban Design and Conservation Group Manager.


Steve Tilbury

Steve Tilbury

Vice Chair

Tel: 01962 848135
Email: [email protected]

Winchester City Council
Corporate Director (Operations)

Responsibilities: Major projects (inc residential and regeneration), service delivery including planning, cultural services, economic development.



Richard Tuffrey

Honorary Treasurer

Tel: 0845 129 7777
Email: [email protected]

High Peak Borough Council

Position:  Currently responsible for all heritage related advice across High Peak Borough Council in Derbyshire and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.  Leading role in the heritage led regeneration programme for Buxton which has included the conversion of the Devonshire Royal Hospital into a new campus for the University of Derby, the restoration of the Buxton Opera House and presently culminating in one of the UK’s most ambitious heritage projects – bringing the town’s Georgian crescent back into use as a £50 million hotel and natural mineral water spa complex.

Biography:  Town planner and urban designer with 35+ years experience as specialist heritage advisor and practitioner; member of the OPUN Design Review Panel, Academician at the Academy of Urbanism and previously Executive Committee member of the Historic Towns Forum for whom he has authored Investing in heritage – financing small town regeneration and co-authored Conservation Area Management  - a practical guide.

Professor Malcolm Airs



Trustee, Herbert Lane Trust

Emeritus Professor of Conservation and the Historic Environment, Oxford University. Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College

Member of the Advisory Committee of Historic England

Associate Member of the Design Advice Forum of the National Trust

Trustee, Oxfordshire Churches Trust

Vice-President, Oxford Preservation Trust

Former Trustee of the Landmark Trust

Past President, Institute of Historic Building Conservation

Past President, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain


John Alexander



Details coming soon

Steven Bee



Steven Bee

Tel: 07808 654829
Email: [email protected]


Steven Bee Urban Counsel
Position: Principal of Steven Bee Urban Counsel

Responsibilities: Consultancy providing critical, creative and strategic advice and guidance to all involved in planning and development , based on experience of the processes involved from all perspectives.

Cabe enabler and member of Cabe Planning Advisory Committee, Academician of Academy of Urbanism.

Biography: Formerly Director of Planning and Development at English Heritage, Chief Planning Officer and Director Development Services at Winchester City Council, Technical Director Llewelyn-Davies.

Michael Coupe




Details coming soon

Prue Smith

Prue Smith

Tel: 01603 627275
Email: [email protected]

 Details coming soon

Dave Warburton

Dave Warburton

Tel: 01904 551312
Email: dav[email protected]

City of York Council
Position: Commercial Project Manager – Guildhall - Major Projects – Economy and Place

Current Responsibilities: David is leading the delivery of a £12m project to secure the future of York’s historic Guildhall complex as a serviced office and business club venue, alongside retained Civic and Council use and with supporting commercial development on the riverside.  Planning and Listed Building consents were granted in Feb 17 and construction work is expected to start in early 2018.

Biography: David’s previous roles include : Head of Design, Conservation and Sustainable Development at City of York Council 2009 – 2013 managing the specialist advice team covering all disciplines concerned with the stewardship of the City's built and natural environment including: architecture, conservation, archaeology, ecology, landscape, sustainability, community planning regeneration and heritage renaissance.  A key pieces of work were the Conservation Area Appraisal for the Central Historic Core Conservation Area and a Heritage Topic Paper / Impact Assessment to support the Local Plan process.  Previously he was at Durham County Council for 10 years where he managed the County Design and Conservation team.