IHBC Council Plus Meeting (May 2017)


On Thursday 18th May, the North West Branch was represented at the national Council Plus meeting in Birmingham by Mike Robinson (structural engineer), Michael Asselmeyer (architect) and Lee Meadowcroft (structural engineer).

Mike commented “I enjoyed the day very much, its not often you get to meet in a custard factory! The presentations were good and I was encouraged by the focus on apprenticeships. As a relatively new member it was good to hear the wide range of initiatives and works being done by the IHBC particularly in respect to rural issues and retrofitting existing buildings.”

Michael who also attended a similar meeting in December 2016, said “I found the meeting very useful and interesting, and enjoyed the presentations, talks and discussions with other members. Various speakers reiterated that the Institute would very much welcome wider participation and therefore encourages its membership to engage and to use the Council Plus meetings as a platform. Whether as a Trusstee, a Panel Member or a member of any of the future Special Interest Groups (SIG’s), the IHBC does not intend to throw a one-size-fits-all net over each member, but would be very happy to listen and look at the possible contributon of any interested and enthusiastic individual and consider providing support where the Institute clearly benefits from the proposal. I can only thoroughly recommend that those who haven’t done so yet join in at one of the future meetings and share their heritage expertise with fellow professionals. The platform is there. Its really up to make best use of it.”

For further information on the Council Plus Meetings, please speak with Crispin Edwards (crispin.edwards@historicengland.org.uk), our National Representative for the IHBC North West Branch.





IHBC Council+ Meeting

IHBC Council+ Meeting in London (6 December 2016)

Some 30 delegates from Belfast to Cambridge and from Cornwall to the Orkneys (via Skype) descended on St Andrew CoE, Holborn, for the second Council+ meeting this year. Inspired by the elegance of St Andrew Court Room with its Jacobean fireplace, the meeting pondered a range of burning issues.

President David McDonald opened the day with a note on apprenticeships (future need for HS2-related archaeologists etc.), Chairman James Caird gave a presentation about funding (who is left to pay for conservation in future?), Treasurer Richard Morrice talked about concessions and Secretary Jo Evans raised the issue of conduct. Following Director Sean O’Reilly’s update about the Corporate Plan (CP20) and a few words by the North West National Representative Crispin Edwards about the upcoming Annual School in Manchester in 2017, the meeting shifted towards the panelled oak splendour of the adjacent chamber for lunch and networking.

After reconvening, Mike Bown introduced the draft “Quality Assuring Local Planning Authorities – A model ‘Quality Mark’ scheme for IHBC ‘recognition’ of local government conservation services” and Dave Chetwyn talked about “Conservation Professional Practice Principles”. The meeting then split into a forum of four committees (Membership & Ethics, led by David Kincaid; Education, Training & Standards, led by Bridget Turnbull; Policy, led by Roy Lewis; and Communications & Outreach, led by Dave Chetwyn). Delegates were encouraged to play musical chairs between sessions to be able to contribute to each of the committee strands. Contributions ranged from questions about the effectiveness of LPA recognition vs. concentration on the person of the chief planner, to improving IHBC awareness in schools of architecture.

The meeting concluded with a variety of open mike contributions, regarding national issues such as partnerships with other built environment professional organisations (LI, RTPI, RIBA etc.) as well as international issues (importance of partnerships with European organisations in the new age of isolationism).

Contributed by Michael Asselmeyer