Friday 19th October -  Afternoon session (13.30-16.30pm).
Regeneration in Conservation Conversation
Tea Break circa 3pm
13.45pm - 13.50pm

Joan Humble

Chair of Civic Voice

Joan Humble is the current chair of Civic Voice.

She is also chair of Blackpool Civic Trust, a lively, active group that organises projects, social events, visits and regular monthly speaker meetings. She co-ordinates their Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner which celebrates achievement in design, new build, refurbishment and community enterprise.  A graduate of Lancaster University, she is a former Civil Servant in the DHSS, then the Inland Revenue and a Lancashire County Councillor (1985-97) and a Member of Parliament (1997-2010).

13.50pm - 14.05pm

James Caird

Chair, IHBC

The planning system is failing to protect conservation areas. What can we do about it?

James Caird is a chartered architect and town planner with a long career in historic building conservation. From 1985 to 2007 he was head of planning at South Shropshire District Council after which he ran a heritage consultancy practice. He was President of the Planning Officers Society in 1998-99.

14.05am - 14.20am

Ben Derbyshire

RIBA President

How is the RIBA Stirling prize helping to improve the quality of design in the historic environment across the country?

Ben stood as a candidate for election to the Presidency of the RIBA, and was successful in a ballot in member sin August 2016.

Ben is Chair of HTA Design LLP, a design consultancy to the home building industry, practicing ‘creative collaboration’ in a range of professional and other disciplines.

A member of the practice since 1976 and a co-owner since 1986, Ben became a main board director when the practice incorporated in 2000 and was appointed Managing Director in 2005. Ben became Managing Partner in 2013 when HTA Architects Limited became HTA Design LLP and then Chair in 2016.

He is on the boards of Design for Homes and NLA's New London Sounding. He is a trustee of The London Society.

14.20pm - 14.35pm

Victoria Hills

CEO, Royal Town Planning Institute

The future of the planning system and the nation’s conservation areas depend on a well-resourced planning system. 

Victoria is a Chartered Town Planner and is currently Chief Executive Officer for the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Victoria has more than 20 years’ experience working at senior levels in planning and transport.  In autumn 2014 Victoria was seconded to establish and head up the Mayor’s second Mayoral Development Corporation, Old Oak and Park Royal (OPDC), the UK’s largest regeneration project.  

14.35pm - 14.50pm

Max Farrell

Partner, Farrells

Farrell Review: 5 years on; What next for the future of the Built Environment?

Max is a Partner at Farrells, the award-winning architect-planners, with offices in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Max was Project Leader for the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment, commissioned by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey in 2013 and published in 2014 after extensive consultation with government, institutions, industry and the public.

Max will be discussing the Farrell Review and asking if PLACE panels could be part of the solution to under resourced authorities?

15:00pm - 15.30pm

Tea and coffee

Visit exhibitors

15.30pm - 16.15pm

Panel "In conversation"

All afternoon speakers. Questions to be submitted in advance to


Chair, Joan Humble

16.15pm - 16.30pm

Laura Sandys


Vice-president. Civic Voice


Laura Sandys is supporting the civic movement celebrations for 50 years of conservation areas as we make the case for conservation.

Closing comments.

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