United Kingdom Historic Building Preservation TrustOur People

Director - Clare Wood

Clare has twenty years’ experience in the cultural and heritage sector. After starting her career at the Royal West of England Academy, she went on to work in Stockholm supporting the city’s museums and cultural organisations in event and exhibition delivery. On returning to the UK, Clare ran the Manor House Museum and Alfred East Art Gallery in Kettering before joining Luton Culture and latterly she worked on the fundraising and planning of a £12m capital expansion in her role as Head of Development and Communications for MK Gallery. Clare joined UKHBPT in June 2018.

Dave Poulsom - Finance Director

Dave is a Chartered Accountant who has held a number of senior financial leadership roles in both the private and public sector. Dave has a MA in Leadership from Exeter University as well as Prince 2 and MSP Practitioner level qualification

Having spent his early career in the construction and Railway industries Dave moved to the voluntary sector in 2006 as Director of Finance for the Children's Workforce Development Council. In 2012 Dave Joined the Department for Education where he spent 5 years acting as senior Finance Business Partner for the Departments delivery agencies and the Education Funding Agency schools £5bn Capital Programme.

In his spare time Dave is an active trustee and governor for four local disadvantaged children and young people focused charities and special schools as well as a keen gardener, motorcyclist and general lover of the outdoors.

UKHBPT Board

Chairman - Stephen Musgrave

Stephen is Non- Executive Chairman of Elysian Residences, the premium senior living company and a consultant to Native Land, a premier London residential and commercial developer and investor. Over recent times he has been Non Executive Chairman of Mayfair Capital and adviser to the Royal Academy and Action for Children.

He was formally UK MD of international property group Hines and CEO of Grosvenor (UK and Ireland).

He brings 40 years of business and property experience to his role as Chairman.

Trustee - Stephen Clarke

Stephen is a chartered accountant and for the last 25 years has specialised in the financing and structuring of large-scale property development and regeneration schemes.

Regeneration consultancy, Earth, was founded by Stephen in early 2010 as a niche team of strategic advisors who work directly with landowners, funders, developers and investors, in both the private and the public sector.

Prior to establishing Earth, Stephen was a Director of DTZ and Head of its Corporate Finance advisory team for ten years.

Stephen is a Trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee of The United Kingdom Buildings Preservation Trust (UKHBPT). Prior to the UKHBPT becoming an independent charity in 2016, it was a sister charity to The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT). Stephen was also a Trustee of PRT from 1996 to 2017.

Stephen was Chair of the Board for The Stables from 2006 to December 2015. As Chair, Stephen was responsible for the strategic development of the organisation and its governance. During Stephen’s ten year tenure as Chair The Stables became one of the UK’s top 5 music venues.

Trustee - Alison Beardsley

Alison joined the board of the United Kingdom Historic Buildings Preservation Trust in 2010, when she also joined the board of the Prince’s Regeneration Trust. She was a member of PRT’s audit committee and chaired its remuneration committee.

She assisted the PRT management with their review of the legal documentation relating to the purchase and leaseback of Middleport Pottery to Denby. She supports the UKHBPT board with its assessment of legal risk.

Alison has over 25 years’ experience as a corporate finance lawyer at Allen & Overy LLP, including 19 years as a partner and two years as a member of the firm’s global board.

She is an Association Member of Bupa; association members act as quasi-shareholders of this £9.1 billion international healthcare group, which has more than 22 million customers in 190 countries.

Alison is also a trustee of Wandsworth Community Chaplaincy Trust, which works to support ex-offenders following their release from prison.

Trustee - Brian Harris

Brian has over 35 years’ experience in the building and property industry as a partner of the built asset consultancy EC Harris (now Arcadis LLP). A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors he is a specialist in cost and project management, and is an authority on the delivery of capital projects and the management of risk.

He was closely involved in the growth of EC Harris into a global consultancy. He is a non-executive director of residential developer Northacre PLC.

Brian joined the board of UKHBPT in June 2012, and brings to the Board expertise in the management of project delivery and reporting procedures, and the performance and selection of consultants, including the management of risk.

Trustee - James Furse

James was appointed as Non-Executive Director of National Savings & Investments in January 2012 and is Chair of its Remuneration Committee. James has also been Chair of Pukka Herbs Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Unilever) since 2013, and is an Independent member of the Remuneration Committee of the University of Warwick. His former roles include Executive Director of The Prince’s Social Enterprises Ltd., and Non-Executive Directorships at the South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Ageas UK, where he chaired its Remuneration Committee. James enjoyed a long career with the John Lewis Partnership, his final role being Managing Director of greenbee.com, now John Lewis Financial Services.