Executive Committee

Managing Contemporary and Historic Design and Development - Oxford, Tour and seminar on Wednesday 13 September 2017

The city of Oxford is known world-wide for its historic built environment, shaped largely by the architecture of its university and 44 colleges.  With a long tradition of patrons supporting remarkable buildings, this trend continues today and provides fascinating exemplars for how to manage historic environments and embrace challenging new architecture.

This two-part walking tour and seminar is an opportunity to visit developments built over the last 10 years in their urban context, and discuss ways of balancing historic and contemporary design.

The day will be useful to local authority officers and councillors with planning and design portfolios, conservation officers, developers, architects, urban designers and planners in private practice, town and parish councillors, and civic society members. 

Speakers will include:

  • Steven Parissien, Director, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, who will also lead the walking tour
  • Michael Crofton-Briggs, Oxford City Council's former Head of City Development
  • Alan Berman, Panellist, Oxford Design Review Panel
  • Debbie Dance, Director, Oxford Preservation Trust
  • Christina Duckett, Principal Conservation Officer, Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

This event offers:

  • A first-hand appreciation of contemporary development within an historic setting

  • An understanding of how planning guidance and decision-making frameworks are established and used

  • The opportunity to discuss guidance and its interpretation with key figures in the city

  • An awareness of the main issues for guiding and promoting good contemporary design

  • An appreciation of key conservation and urban design principles

  • Greater confidence in decision-making on design in historic places or conservation area settings.


The programme for the day is now available below, and tickets range from £35-120 and so please book your place at:



We look forward to seeing you then!

The HTVF Team


HTVF invites applicants to join Board

Are you a senior local authority officer with responsibilities for conservation and design?  The Historic Towns and Villages Forum is interested to hear from members who have experience of local planning authorities to join its Board, which meets around four times per year.  


Now in its 30th year and with the patronage of HRH Prince Charles, the HTVF is looking forward to a new era of hosting events, providing best practice guidance and developing research to support those who design and manage change in historic places.  Our recent alliance with ASHTAV and home within Kellogg College in Oxford mean that these are exciting times for the HTVF and we are keen to have greater representation from the public sector on our Board.


If you are interested, please send your details to the Chair Tony Wyatt tonywyatt@plusud.co.uk.

The HTVF Team


New Executive Committee Members welcomed

Several new Members were welcomed at the first meeting of the Executive Committee on November 27:

Melbourne Barrett, Oxford City Council
Steve Carvell, Chichester District Council
Andrew Dobson, Lancaster City Council
Stephen Langtree, North West Civic Trust
Steve Tilbury, Winchester City Council
David Humphreys, a Corporate Member from the Republic of Ireland
Andrea Pellegram, an Individual Member.  

Full list of Executive Committee Members and their contact details

Projects undertaken in the coming year will be co-ordinated by a Member of the ‘Exec’ who will be glad to hear from Members.

Annual General Meeting 2009

Debbie Dance, Chair HTFThe most important decision of the AGM was to appoint a new Chair – Debbie Dance . This break from the tradition of the Forum is seen as an opportunity to open the Membership and to engage with a wider audience, at the same time raising its profile and thereby further increasing its effectiveness as a voice for its Members.

Although the past year had not been easy in financial terms, the Forum has achieved a number of well supported events and initiated projects which will continue into 2010. Report of the AGM

In these difficult times the Forum is totally dependent on continuing support from its Members and, with this in mind, the decision was made to freeze Membership fees for 2010 to encourage this continuing support. The scale of Membership starts at only £50 and Members enjoy a broad range of benefits for this – including very importantly professional development.

Back in the Easy Chair

So it’s out at last – PPS15, “Planning for the Historic Environment”. The long awaited (and long overdue) consultation paper invites comments by 30 October. The HTF will be formulating a response in the next 2 months and in so doing would appreciate your own comments on the Statement. Our Vice Chair, Brian Human will be drafting some thoughts for the Forum to consider initially at the Annual Conference in Chichester, 21–23 October (see elsewhere in this News for details). If you have any issues which you feel the Forum should be taking up in relation to the Statement then please let the HTF office know as soon as possible.

My second term as Chair is coming to a close as I will be stepping down after the Annual Conference. I am pleased to say that we have found a new Chair and that person will be recommended to the Membership at the AGM on 21 October. I have every confidence that the Forum will continue to offer its Members (and the wider audience we frequently reach) the high levels of support to which they have become accustomed. The Forum has not, by any means, been protected from the effects of the recession, but thanks to the hard work of the Director, Chris Winter and the support and dedication of the small team at Bristol we have developed a Strategy to see the Forum through the next couple of years. Implicit in that Strategy is your continued support as Members and Sponsors, so please ensure that the Forum remains a priority area of interest and activity in the future.

The programme for the Annual Conference in Chichester is taking shape and promises to be a great event, so if you want to hear the latest thoughts on quality of life from Wayne Hemingway, how to successfully design modern public buildings in historic settings from architect Keith Williams, and also have the opportunity to visit what is regarded as one of the best collections of modern art in the country at Pallant House Gallery, see a Rolls Royce being built, or witness the largest collection of monumental sculpture in a landscaped setting at Goodwood, then be there from 21-23 October.

Sam Howes

New Chair for HTF

It was agreed at the 2008 AGM that the Executive Committee should explore and take forward the appointment of a Chair for the Forum. Pressures on local authority officers have led to a reduction in the amount of time they are able to give to this role and the growth of the Forum requires more time!

This has been resolved and the AGM will be asked to agree the appointment on 21 October.  We are delighted with the choice and look forward to announcing it next month and to working with the new Chair in the coming year.

HTF Seeks New Chair

As agreed at the 2008 AGM, the HTF is seeking to appoint a Chair with effect from 1 November 2009.

The post offers the opportunity to help to lead an organisation which is at the heart of the heritage sector, influencing policy and working with passionate people in all sectors and all disciplines. The Chair will work with the Executive Committee, the Director and the team of administrators to plan and deliver policies and operations. S/he will liaise with Government departments, other policy making bodies, partners, sponsors, local government officers and members and other organisations working in the sector to deliver the Forum's aims and objectives.

Remuneration for the post will be open to discussion but will, at the very least, provide for expenses, with the potential for an honorarium. The commitment is expected to be for between 100-150 days per year, but will be determined by the skills and aptitudes of the appointee.

Expressions of interest are invited from those with a professional background in Environment or Heritage related disciplines. Experience at a senior level in Local Government would be an advantage, as would experience in securing sponsorship and/or fund raising.

In the first instance please send a CV and letter of interest stating the reasons for wishing to be considered, the skills you would bring to the post and demonstrating an understanding of the organisation and the sector within which it operates.

Expressions of interest should be sent by email to htf@uwe.ac.uk or by post to: HTF PO Box 22, Bristol BS16 1RZ fao Chris Winter, Director, by 10am on 18 May 2009.

Academy of Urbanism 2009 Awards announced

Congratulations to the following EHTF Members:

  • Bristol City Council
The European City of the Year Award 2009 - Winner
  • NewcastleGateshead
The European City of the Year Award 2009 - Finalist
  • Chichester District Council
The Great Town Awards 2009 - Finalist
  • The Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham City Council
The Great Neighbourhood Award 2009 - Winner
  • Lace Market, Nottingham City Council
The Great Neighbourhood Award 2009 - Finalist
  • Skipton High Street , Craven District Council
The Great Street Award 2009 - Winner
  • Kensington High Street, RB Kensington & Chelsea
The Great Street Award 2009 - Finalist
  • Oxford Castle, Oxford City Council
The Great Place Award 2009 - Winner
  • North Laines, Brighton, Brighton & Hove City Council
The Great Place Award 2009 - Finalist

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New Executive Committee

New Executive Committee

Sam Howes (Chair) thanked members who were stepping down: Sharon Cosgrove (Oxford), Bill Cotton (Swindon), Ian Heggie (West MASA), David Reed (Canterbury) and Rob Surl (Shropshire).

Membership for the coming year was agreed as:

Representing Local Authority Members:
Ian Ayres, Newcastle City Council
Kim Bennett, Canterbury City Council
Sean Coghlan, Lichfield District Council
Chris Hargreaves, Birmingham City Council
Sam Howes, Chichester District Council
Brian Human, formerly Cambridge City Council / outgoing Chair
Ian Poole, St Edmundsbury Borough Council
Richard Tuffrey, High Peak Borough Council
John Wrightson, Worcester City Council

Representing the Partner/Sponsors: Nick Hayward, RPS
Representing Corporate Members: Tony Wyatt, Ryders Architecture
Representing Civic & Amenity Societies: Freddie Gick, Birmingham.

Officers were confirmed as: Sam Howes - Chair; Brian Human - Vice Chair; Chris Hargreaves - Vice Chair; Richard Tuffrey - Honorary Treasurer.

Contact details for Members of the Executive Committee.