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The Heritage Alliance are hosting the eighth Heritage Alliance Heritage Debate on Wednesday 26 October 2016 in the Adephi Suite, The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych WC2B 4DD followed by a buffet reception in the early C20th Palm Court. This debate will explore how heritage research influences public and private sector decision-making - or not. Millions of choices are made in the property industry and by modest private owners every day while champions like the Heritage Alliance need to access relevant and timely evidence to support their advocacy. 

Universities in particular are increasingly required to be more engaged with external audiences and to demonstrate impact but the outcomes of academic research or commissioned work from think tanks and consultants do not always reach the audiences for which they are intended.

This debate will hear from experts with academic, property and political perspectives on how the transfer mechanisms work in practice and what might be done to strengthen them.  The audience will be invited to contribute in the following Q&A session.


Dr Loyd Grossman CBE, FSA

Loyd Grossman is an entrepreneur, writer and broadcaster who has had a long involvement with museums and heritage in the UK.  A former Commissioner of English Heritage and of the Museums and Galleries Commission, he has been Chairman of the Heritage Alliance since 2009 and recently in July 2016 was appointed Chairman of the Royal Parks.

He is also President of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS), Deputy Chair of The Royal Drawing School, a member of the board of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions and a Governor of the Building Crafts College. Loyd is Patron of the Association for Heritage Interpretation and Patron of Heritage Open Days.

Loyd was born in Boston, and educated at Boston University (BA), the London School of Economics (MSc Econ) and Magdalene College Cambridge (MPhil, PhD). He is an Emeritus Governor of the LSE and a member of the Council of the British School at Rome.


Ros Kerslake OBE

Ros Kerslake joined Heritage Lottery Fund as its CEO in July 2016.  She trained as a solicitor and started her career in legal roles before taking on wider leadership positions in the private sector, including for Gulf Oil and Booker Group.  As Property Director of Railtrack, she developed an interest in the issues around place and urban regeneration which have characterised her roles since.  Ros went on to lead RegenCo – an urban regeneration company in the West Midlands – where she was the first CEO.

In 2006 Ros was appointed as first CEO of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust and over the next ten years established it as a leading heritage-led regeneration charity.  One of its key achievements was saving one of the last working Victorian potteries in the UK, Middleport Pottery, bringing new life and business to the restored site.

In 2016 Ros was awarded an OBE for services to British heritage and an honorary doctorate from Staffordshire University for her work in heritage and regeneration.  She has a degree in Law and Psychology and an MBA.


Dr Oliver Cox

Oliver is the inaugural Heritage Engagement Fellow for the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford. His responsibilities include developing collaborative projects with UK and international heritage organisations, managing the University of Oxford’s partnership with the National Trust - including the flagship Trusted Source Knowledge Transfer Partnership – and coordinating the heritage aspect of Oxford’s graduate training pathway. Oliver created the Thames Valley Country House Partnership in 2013.

He is a Governor of Compton Verney, a Trustee of the Oxfordshire Record Society, sits on the Education and Publications Committee of The Gardens Trust, and Arts Council England’s Designation Panel. Oliver is also a member of AHRC’s ‘Care For The Future’ ECR committee and acts as a consultant for the Mount Stuart Trust’s Mansion House Project on the Isle of Bute.

Oliver received his BA, M.St and D.Phil degrees from the University of Oxford. His Short History of the Long Eighteenth Century will be published in 2017.


Bernard Donoghue

Bernard Donoghue was elected as Chairman of the Tourism Alliance - the representative body for over 250,000 business in England - in 2015 and was re-elected in 2016.

He has been the Director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, ALVA, since 2011. He is Chairman of the London International Festival of Theatre; Chairman of the Council of WWF-UK; Deputy Chairman of Kids in Museums; Trustee of the Heritage Alliance, The Geoffrey Museum of the Home, and is a member of the Council of St Paul's Cathedral. He is a former Chairman of VisitManchester and has worked in the House of Commons, VisitBritain, for the Royal Household and the Council of Europe.


Trevor Osborne

Trevor Osborne has developed many listed buildings over the past 40 years and is an expert in heritage regeneration. His expertise has included membership of the Montagu Committee which produced early advice in the form of British Historic Buildings – a Policy for Future Use, membership of the Historic Buildings Advisory Board (a predecessor of English Heritage) and, as a member of the Royal Opera House Development Board, he achieved negotiated consents for the rebuilding of the Covent Garden Opera House.

He is currently a Trustee of the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust and was a Founding Director of the Academy of Urbanism and the Chairman of the Advisory Board of South East Excellence. In Buxton, he served nine years on the board of Buxton Festival and is now Vice President.  He is currently engaged in the restoration of the Grade I listed Crescent and Thermae Spa, to promote the Town, the University of Derby and local organisations. In Bath, his service as a Trustee saw the extension and re-launch of the Holburne Museum. He continues as a Governor of Bath Spa University guiding its programmed estates strategy and the Mozart Festival. He is a member of the Bath Initiative and, as a developer, has a number of other current projects including the Guildhall and Grade I listed former Bristol Bank of England and Shrewsbury Gaol.


Registration from 6.00pm

Debate + Q&A 6.30 – 8.00pm

Reception 8.00 – 9.30pm

This event is free but registration is essential.

For more information visit the Heritage Alliance website here: http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/heritage-debates/

Book on eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heritage-and-research-bridging-the-gap-tickets-27703633313

This is eighth Heritage Alliance Heritage Debate sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance and held in partnership with TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities