Creative Heritage is a multi-disciplinary practice, established by Kate Dickson in 2011. The consultancy forms teams to respond to particular opportunities, taking a lead or support role as required. The Directors are Kate Dickson and Roddie MacLean, who also runs an architectural practice. The Buxton-based staff team also includes Kate Mitchell.

Kate Dickson, Director, 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 National Lottery Heritage 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 is a member of the Midlands Committee of the Heritage Trust Network. Outside work, she is a Governor of her former school, Manchester High School for Girls, and chairs its Estates Committee.

Kate Mitchell, Conservation Graduate

Kate began her journey into the world of heritage some way into her career, after 17 years’ working in the construction industry as a safety consultant. Kate brings a wealth of experience of liaising with design team consultants and safety/CDM expertise, as well as other skills that transfer well into the heritage sector. Having been raised in the distinctive industrial landscape of Stoke-on-Trent and the Potteries, she decided to pursue her passion for historic buildings by studying at the renowned Ironbridge Institute at Birmingham University.

Kate completed her MA in Historic Environment Conservation in 2012 and has since undertaken a variety of volunteer roles and placements including at the Churches Conservation Trust, the Canal and River Trust (Heritage team), BB Heritage Studio, Historic England and Shropshire Council (Conservation team), before joining Creative Heritage in 2018. Kate’s work involves historical research, assistance with the preparation of reports including Heritage Impact Assessments, Conservation Management Plans and a general supporting role on projects.

She is currently supporting For Tyldesley CIC in the delivery of the High Street Heritage Action Zone for the town, as project manager for capital projects.