Kate Dickson, heritage-led regeneration consultant
Kate, who is a registered architect (IHBC member) and an urban designer by training, established the Creative Heritage multi-disciplinary consultancy practice in 2011. She had previously specialised in the conservation and creative re-use of challenging historic buildings for over twelve years as the Director of Heritage Works, one of the UK’s flagship Building Preservation Trusts. Kate is committed to unlocking the added value that historic buildings can bring to heritage environments and to communities. She has considerable understanding of the development processes required to bring redundant buildings into beneficial use, including options appraisal, business planning and delivery mechanisms. She has particular skills of design review and heritage impact assessment and is held in high regard by the historic environment authorities.
Kate has enormous respect for the voluntary sector and is a strong believer in capacity building to enable local people and organisations to deliver projects that meet community needs, with knowledge of asset transfer mechanisms and legal structures for facilitating social enterprise. A mentor, monitor and expert adviser for the Heritage Lottery Fund, Kate has a detailed knowledge of the priorities and criteria of funding bodies in the heritage and regeneration sectors. She has first-hand experience of capital project management, taking pride in delivering ‘to plan, to programme and within budget’.
Kate is a membership assessor for the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and a Trustee of the Architectural Heritage Fund. She currently chairs the Midlands Committee of the Heritage Trust Network. She was elected to the National Council of the Association for Industrial Archaeology in September 2015, and represents the Association on the Board of the European network of industrial heritage groups, E-FAITH (European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage).
- Roger Jackson, Regeneration specialist
- Chris Chadwick, Community engagement and heritage learning specialist
- Roddie MacLean, Architect
- Elizabeth Speed, Research Consultant
- Pete Brown, Access, learning & interpretation
- David Lowther, Finance consultant