The most recent award was presented to architect and cultural campaigner John Sell at the 2018 SPAB Members' Weekend in Bristol. A former Chairman and a Guardian of the SPAB, for more than 40 years John has worked on a wide range of historic buildings in the UK and Europe. He is executive vice-president (UK) of Europa Nostra, the voice of cultural heritage in Europe, bringing together all the national non-governmental bodies concerned with the historic environment. John also chairs the Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies.
The Esher Award commemorates the late Viscount Esher GBE, Hon FRIBA who was Chairman of the SPAB from 1932-1960. It is not presented each year, but is given when deserved to those who, on purely altruistic grounds, have furthered the cause of building conservation and the work of the Society.