President of the International Committee on the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH).
President of the International Committee on the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH), and is also Head of Industrial Heritage at Historic Environment Scotland, the national body responsible for the built heritage in Scotland.
A graduate of Durham University, he completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow, subsequently moving to Strathclyde University’s Scottish Industrial Archaeology Survey Unit in 1983. In 1985 he joined the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland in Edinburgh, from where he moved to the Scottish Government heritage agency, Historic Scotland, in 2007. He has since fulfilled a number of key roles there, including Head of Education, Outreach and Publications, Deputy Chief Inspector, and Head of Policy. Further afield, he has worked with international partners on industrial heritage, notably in Norway and Japan, and most recently led the team responsible for preparing the successful World Heritage nomination for the Forth Bridge (inscribed in 2015). In addition, he works with UNESCO advisors, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on World Heritage issues, and is assisting with the development of a new tourism destination in Scotland, focused on the Forth Bridges. Recent initiatives include the development of an Industrial Heritage Strategy for Scotland, which aims to embrace issues of sustainability and the re-use of industrial buildings and structures. He also teaches at the University of Edinburgh for Edinburgh College of Art’s postgraduate conservation course, and is co-supervising a doctoral thesis at the University of Glasgow.