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Our board of Trustees - 2018


Andrew Fane OBE MA FCA: Chairman

Andrew is a Suffolk born businessman and farmer, with a professional background in accountancy. After the City he spent 20 years at board level at Gt. Ormond Street Hospital, 10 years with English Heritage; was Deputy Chairman and chaired the London Committee, and the Historic Buildings Council. He is a former member of the National Trust East Anglia Regional Committee and before that he was Chairman of the Planning and Conservation Committee of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.


Ralph Carpenter DipArch RIBA

Ralph is an architect with his own practice, Modece Architects, based in Suffolk which is heavily involved in research and development of deep green architecture. His practice has won numerous design awards, both local and regional. Projects include several community buildings, social housing, private housing and commercial buildings. His work in low impact design and hemp in construction is a particular specialism.


Jessica de Grazia: B.A.; J.D.; Member of the Bar of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the New York State Bar Association, and the Inner Temple.

Jessica is a barrister and former senior prosecutor from New York City where she held a number of senior positions in the New York District Attorney's Office. The unifying theme of her professional career is an interest in good government, and in contributing to the building of institutions that are fair, effective, and responsive to the communities they serve. Through the SPS she has developed an interest in planning law and regulations and has used her understanding of community organisation, the culture of local authorities, and how to influence decision-makers to help communities resist insensitive planning applications.


Lois Hunt

Lois moved to Heveningham Hall with her husband and four children over 20 years ago and has restored the nationally important grade I house, park and gardens and more recently a number of other highly graded listed buildings in Suffolk. Lois has extensive charitable experience and is a founder of the Heveningham Hall Country Fair which supports numerous local charities.


Bob Kindred MBE BA MRTPI IHBC

Bob runs his own heritage consultancy after many years in local government heritage management. He was a founding Director of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and was awarded an MBE for services to conservation in 1999. He is a member of IHBC Council, sits on its Policy Committee and is Vice Chair of its Education, Training & Standards Committee. He is a Trustee of the Ancient Monuments Society and the UK Association of Preservation Trusts; a casework panel member for Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings; and a member of the St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Diocesan Advisory Committee and the Victorian Society. He has been a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1975.


Nicholas Pearson OBE FCSI

Nicholas is a former Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He has specialised in developing professional and tailored services to charities for over 25 years. He set up the first ever Charity Specialist department where funds under management grew to £3.5 billion on behalf of 550 charities. He is President and former Chairman of the Charity Investor’s Group representing investing charities and fund manager. He was a Special Advisor to the Charity Commission and a Director of the Church of England Investment funds. Nicholas is a Trustee of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Foundation and also Suffolk Historic Churches Trust.


Geoffrey Probert MA

Geoffrey was the Executive Vice President for the global company Unilever International. He has spent his working life from 1976 to 2012 working on all sides of the business starting as a marketing trainee through to Business Director responsible for a £3.5billion business. He now runs the family farm on the Stour Valley and is a custodian of an important grade II* Tudor house and a 13th century chapel.


Rev Tony Redman MA BSc FRICS IHBC
Tony is a conservation accredited chartered Building Surveyor. A consultant to Whitworth,the architectural and surveying practice where he was a partner for over thirty years, his passion is vernacular buildings. He sits on Norwich Diocesan Advisory Committee, and Westminster Abbey Fabric Advisory Committee. Although not Suffolk born, he has lived for over forty years in the village where eight previous generations of his lived and died. He lectures on architectural history themes to local societies on such topics as apotropaic marks, Mathematical tiles and the history of toilets. He is also a self-supporting minister in the Church of England with responsibility for four small churches north of Bury St Edmunds and was made a member of the Order of St Edmund in 2016.

Cerys Shepherd

Cerys has a wealth of valuable experience in charity fundraising and event organisation for both UK and overseas charities. Since 2016 she has worked for the National Autistic Society as their Senior Relationships Manager. Her previous roles include the Operations and Events Manager for the Britten-Pears Foundation which involved the managing of events for the Aldeburgh Festival. Cerys lives in Melton and has previously sat as a trustee on the Melton Parish Trust and has worked for the Seckford Foundation.


Jess Tipper MA PHD Cantab FSA

Jess has over 20 years archaeological experience in the public, private and charitable sectors, following a first degree and Phd at Cambridge University. He has provided historic environment advice in the eastern region for over 10 years, working with many different stakeholders to conserve, enhance and promote the rich archaeological resource in the region. Jess is currently the Archaeological Advisor to Colchester Borough Council, and was previously at Suffolk County Council. Jess is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and also a Visiting Senior Fellow of Archaeological Heritage at The University of Suffolk. He is currently the convenor of the Association of Local Government Archaeologists (ALGAO) in the eastern region.


Jackie Ward BA (Hons), Dip.TP, MBA, MRTPI

Jackie is a highly experienced planner, mostly in local government, in development management, major projects and planning policy as well as managing planning policy, heritage, landscape and economic development teams. Jackie moved to Suffolk in 1979 and worked for two Suffolk local authorities until 2004 when she formed her own consultancy. Since then she has worked with a local building designer in the private sector and for three more Suffolk district/borough councils (and one in Essex). She has been a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1982 and was active in the RTPI East of England Region, becoming Chair of the Region in 2006 and subsequently Honorary Secretary (until 2016).