Marsh IHBC Award for Community Contribution

This Award celebrates the contribution of a retired IHBC for their contributions to civic and heritage projects and encouraging the preservation of local heritage. This could be achieved through involvement with the British Presentation Trust, neighbourhood planning or civic and local trusts with heritage interests.

The Award aims to help keep the essential conservation skills and knowledge alive through training, teaching, shared experience and example.

Anyone interested in how people care for our places may nominate an individual for the Award, whether they are, for example, a teacher, fellow practitioner, client, civic representative, property owner or planner. Nominations for the Award can be made via the IHBC website.

Entries for the Award are judged by a panel consisting of representatives of the MCT and IHBC and the Awards are presented at the IHBC Annual School in June each year.

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John Gerrard 2021

John joined the Scottish Civic Trust (SCT) as Technical Director in 1968 after working in the local government architect’s department and a year of urban studies in the USAAfter an outstanding career supporting local amenity societies and dealing with national heritage and planning issues, John retired from SCT in 2000. Since 2000, John has continued to be a Trustee of the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust; where he restored over 30 buildings and raised an excess of £25 million, the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust; where he helped to develop their website, and the Church Buildings Renewal Trustwhere he contributed at the forefront of conserving Scotland’s heritage. John is also an assessor for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Conservation Accreditation Scheme. He has taken an active role in the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland and is an active member of his local Community Council. John is currently a member of a number of other heritage bodies and, despite being retired for over 20 years, remains a key player in the maintenance and promotion of the historic buildings in Scotland. 

Previous Winners

David Lovie

David Lovie became semi-retired in 2003 and gave up his final role in 2016. David spent his retirement focussing his extensive experience on place-making and local heritage for the benefit of the community. He became the Acting Chair of the Alnwick Society in 2019, where he worked to conserve the towns special character and pressed for higher standards in new development. He is well-known for the Society’s walks, talks and annual debates, and an enthusiastic contributor to surveys, consultations and other activities of the town centre working group and has represented the Society both locally and nationally. David helped lead the work to create a new public square at the heart of Gosforth Conservation Area in Newcastle upon Tyne. As a member of the Church Council, he chaired a community-based committee to open Trinity Church to the community, transforming the grounds to become welcoming and accessible. David has been a founding board member of Civic Voice and was involved in national management for Heritage Open Days. He promoted the value of volunteering and was addicted to building the capacity of communities.

Bill Brogden

Bill has been an active and popular member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland for many years, including a spell as highly respected Chairman of the Society. More recently, he has headed up the Society’s Cases Panel which he has helped become more active in overseeing planning applications in the city of Aberdeen and the surrounding areas.

Bill maintains and shares an optimistic outlook on modern design, as well as supporting appropriate conservation projects. His strategic, wide-ranging outlook on buildings, their settings and wider landscapes is well represented in his many books on architecture and gardens of the North East. He is a lecturer at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, where he has tutored many young students who have become successful and innovative architects and landscape designers.

Bill still gives lectures and will be involved in the organisation of the 2021 Annual School which will be taking place in Aberdeen. He is passionate about the architectural heritage of Scotland and will take on many and varied projects, whether he is able to raise funds for them or not.

Dr Jane Grenville

Dr Jane Grenville has made an invaluable contribution to the civic life of the city of York through her student planning club, drawing in volunteers from the student community to monitor the impact of planning proposals on York heritage. The club scans the weekly planning lists to make a first sift of significant cases for further comment by the more experienced York Civic Trust Planning Committee to the local authority. Jane’s club is making a big contribution to the York Civic Trust’s effectiveness as a society and it’s influence on the future of the historic environment of the city by working in collaboration with the volunteer student community.

The club is also of benefit to the students involved and has helped many of them on their way to successful employment in the heritage sector, thanks to the experience they have gained under Jane’s guidance.

Ken Burley

Ken Burley is a keen member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the IHBC. He has been involved with the South Yorkshire Buildings Preservation Trust (SYBPT) for over 20 years, and has chaired it since his retirement in 2004.

In 2005, the SYBPT bought a Georgian townhouse in the small market town of Thorne near Doncaster, an area with serious economic problems which became a priority for many regeneration grants. The property was bought with a view to helping with the overall regeneration of Thorne and to conserve an important example of the town’s architectural heritage. The SYBPT also has an educational remit, with the aim of promoting the history of the building to the local community. An exhibition about Thorne, in particular the property bought by the SYBPT, was erected in 2005 by students of Sheffield University on a market day and proved to be a huge success in terms of local people becoming interested in their town.

Ken’s planning experience, management skills, high standards, persistence and dedication have been crucial in holding the SYBPT together and enabling it to work to its full potential. He maintains a long record of volunteer involvement with the RTPI and the Yorkshire Branch of the IHBC, often in roles which hold responsibility.

An Award for Special Commendation was presented to Edith Gollnast

Since retiring in 2009, Edith has devoted much of her time to the meticulous drawing of Oxford’s buildings to illustrate a series of books on heritage work. Her work has become an accessible tool for tourists wanting to learn more about the heritage buildings in Oxford, particularly aspects of the historic environment which people might otherwise overlook. Her impressive knowledge of Oxford and the buildings which tell the bigger story of the city’s history, come as a result of working in conservation for Oxford City Council for over 30 years.

The illustrations delight as well as inform and go a long way to making the publications hugely successful. The books are published by the Oxford Preservation Trust (of which Edith is a life member) and provide a valuable and well-used planning tool for both the public and private sector. Apart from a very modest honorarium, Edith has completed her illustrations in a voluntary capacity and all proceeds from the sales of the books go to the Oxford Preservation Trust.

Chris Hall

Chris has, and continues to make considerable contributions to countless heritage projects in the Scarborough area. He is Director of two not-for-profit building restoration projects, The Old Parcels Office at Scarborough Railway Station and Dean Road Chapel. Chris is also a Voluntary Ranger and Heritage Volunteer for the North York Moors National Park Authority.

Chris has been a Field Officer for the Scarborough Archaeological Society for over eleven years and is also a committee member of the Friends of Ayton Castle. He consistently goes the extra mile, helping out at Heritage Open Days, giving talks to local groups, reviewing the factual accuracy of heritage publications and getting involved in practical work. The impact of Chris’s contribution is clear – the Old Parcels Office is no longer an at-risk building and in October 2015, Scarborough was placed third in a national Heritage Index by the RSA.