Who We Are
Rosamond (Roz) Artis
MRICS MA (Hons), MSc European Urban Conservation, Dip.Bldg.Cons (RICS) , IHBC
RICS Certified Building Professional
Roz is a RICS Certified Historic Building Professional. Her career with the Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT) has focused on the appropriate repair and care of traditional buildings, particularly the reinstatement of external lime finishes. Roz is a trustee of both the Building Limes Forum (BLF UK) and EBUKI (Earth Building UK & Ireland) and a member of the Scottish Churches Trust grants committee.
She has written several publications on the practical use of lime and other mortars including Natural Stone Masonry in Modern Scottish Construction – A guide for designers and constructors, various articles for the BLF Annual Journal and the Building Conservation Directory.
Roz also writes all the learning resources for the wide ranging course programme offered by the SLCT and is one of the primary tutors and heads the very busy building advisory service it offers, dealing with castles to cottages and masonry arch bridges to lighthouses, and everything in between. Just five minutes with Roz ensures you will view traditional stone and lime walls in a very different way... she even does it on holiday!
Stacey graduated from Heriot-Watt University in 2012 with a First Class Honours Degree in Building Surveying. Her first years were spent leading refurbishment projects from inception to being on site in the public sector. Stacey has also been involved in large new build projects in a project management role. Her passion has always been in conservation, and is interested in all aspects of traditional construction from a technical point of view. Stacey also quite enjoys looking around old buildings in her spare time, so is quite happy in her role at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust as Building Surveyor.
Dr Katie Strang
BSc (Hons) MRes PhD
Building Materials Analyst
Katie is a geologist who graduated with an honours degree in Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow in 2011 and a research masters in Evolutionary Biology (2012). Katie then undertook a PhD at Durham University, specialising in Black Shale Lagerstätten from the Cambrian Explosion, looking at the depositional environment and metamorphic history of these rocks.
Her research involved detailed chemical analysis such as XRD, cathodoluminescence and scanning electron microscopy techniques to investigate the small scale mineral interactions in the shales and the effect of metamorphism on the strength and character of the rocks. She has also been involved in projects with different archaeological societies, mapping disused quarries and identifying their relationship to stones used in historic buildings. In her spare time she likes to visit different sites in Scotland to study the geology, fossil hunt and look at rocks!
Jason is a time-served stonemason who gained his apprenticeship in Advanced Craft Stonemasonry through Edinburgh Telford College and employment with masonry contractors working on various Grade-A listed buildings throughout Scotland.
His tasks have involved all aspects of stonemasonry, conservation and crucially, lime works including harling and rendering. He has trained apprentices, held the title of Site Manager and holds an SMSTS certification. In his role at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust, Jason acts as Principal Trainer and runs most of our courses delivered at our training facility at Merryhill, and our commissioned courses run externally. Currently Jason is working towards becoming an SVQ Assessor, and is part of developing other courses for SLCT to deliver.
Andy is a stone carver and restorer and is one of the SLCT course tutors. Andy is a qualified SVQ Assessor.
SVQ Levels 2 & 3 Stonemasonry (Construction), Advanced Certificate in Stone Masonry, SVQ Assessor
Managing Director of David Narro Associates
David is a Chartered Structural and Civil Engineer and Managing Director of, David Narro Associates, which he started in 1986. David has been an advisor to the Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee and Historic Environment Scotland on their publications, serves on the RIAS Conservation Committee and is an external tutor at the University of Edinburgh, Department of Architecture.
David was a Board Member of the Scottish Registration Board dealing with applications to become Approved Certifiers from 2005-2014, is an auditor under the scheme and an Approved Certifier of Design. He was Chairman of the Scottish Branch of the Institution of Structural Engineers and served on the Council, the Professional Conduct Committee and the Strategy Study Steering Group of the Institution of Structural Engineers in London.
Prof Phil Banfill
BSc PhD CSci CChem FRSC MCIOB FHEA
Phil is a materials scientist with over 35 years of experience of research and education in a university environment. He was appointed Professor of Construction Materials at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, in 1995 and has published two books and over 160 papers.
Most of his work has been concerned with materials, but the sustainability theme brought him into the research community concerned with energy in buildings. He currently leads the Heriot Watt Urban Energy Research Group.
MA FSA Scot
Charles Bruce has served as a Trustee of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust since 1994. He is also a Trustee of the Historic Scotland Foundation and Chairman of the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust.
He served for 5 years as Chairman of the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland and is a member of the advisory council of IAFOR (International Academic Forum).
MRTPI IHBC FRSA FSA(Scot)
Neil spent almost 20 years working in Scottish local authorities after graduating with a degree in Town and Country Planning from Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot Watt University. From 1991 - 2011 Neil was director of the University of Dundee’s postgraduate programme on European Urban Conservation and its sister programme on International Urban Conservation.
Following retirement from the University of Dundee, Neil has continued as Chief Executive of Tayside Building Preservation Trust and is working on publications including a book entitled "The Language of Urban Conservation”.
OBE BArch RIBA PPRIAS FRSA FSAScot
Andrew is an accredited conservation architect and architectural historian based in Moray. He acts in the role of adviser to several Building Preservation Trusts. He is also a trustee of the Clan Mackenzie Charitable Trust and of the Cawdor Maintenance Trust and was the author of the Caithness Redundant Buildings Inventory report prepared for the North Highland Initiative.
A Past President of the RIAS, he has served terms on the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland and the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland, providing strategic advice to Scottish Ministers. Andrew was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to architecture and the built heritage of Scotland.
Iain is a Director of Bell Ingram, a leading firm of independent land agents, estate agents and chartered surveyors, and a practising architect with 25 years of experience in the fields of architecture, conservation, planning consultancy and project management.
For the past 15 years, Iain has worked largely in the field of building conservation, specialising in the conversion of redundant commercial buildings into high quality housing. These range from single dwellings to £20M of mixed-use development.
Having gained a BA Hons in Fine Art from the University of Northumbria, (1979-1982) Graciela went on to train in Conservation at the City & Guilds of London Art School where she was awarded a Diploma in Sculpture Conservation/Restoration, (1982-1985). After spending a year working as a Sculpture Conservator at Plowden & Smith, (1985-1986), Graciela went on to work as a Sculpture Conservator in the Workshop of Taylor Pearce Restoration Services, (1986-1990).
Graciela then founded Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation in 1990 and was Icon/PACR Accredited in 2000. Since 1990 she has spoken at many conferences including events at the Glasgow School of Art, MCAP seminar, the Opening of the Nigg Pictish stone installation at Nigg and an Icon seminar at Hampton Court Palace about the conservation of the Da Maiano renaissance terracotta’s. Articles have also been written in Conservation and Sculpture publications, and she continues to carve and carry out new sculpture commissions at the same time as the sculpture conservation and restoration