Our People

Matthew Slocombe, director

Matthew Slocombe MA FSA IHBC was previously the SPAB's head of casework. He is Secretary of the Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies and a member of the Conservation Committee of the Churches Conservation Trust. Published works include the Shire book of Traditional Building Materials.

Director's team
Pippa Evans, officer to the board and director

Douglas Kent, technical and research director

Douglas Kent BSc(Hons), BSc, MSc, MRICS joined the staff in 2000. He has held surveying roles in the private and public sectors, including the military. Douglas publishes and lectures regularly on building conservation and has contributed to various radio and television programmes.

Technical team
Jonathan Garlick, technical officer     Catherine Peacock, technical team administrator
David John, technical adviser

Emma Lawrence, head of casework

With a passion for historic buildings arising from a Classics degree, Emma undertook an MSc in the Conservation of Historic Buildings, and began her career as the Conservation Officer at Bath Preservation Trust. Emma joined the SPAB having worked previously as a senior conservation officer.

Casework team
Casework officers: Rachel Broomfield, Joanne Needham, Lucy Stewart, Kath Hilsden, Elgan Jones

Colin Farey, business manager

Colin joined the staff in 2016. He has worked in a wide range of sectors, including education, charity, industry and property development. As business manager, Colin ensures that SPAB infrastructure and processes support the SPAB's vision and strategy, and the financial viability of new projects.

Business and support team
accounts@spab.org.uk / info@spab.org.uk
Claudete Sawyer, finance administration officer     Margaret Daly, office manager  
Neil Faulks, IT adviser                                                Shahina Begum, IT manager

Kate Streeter, development and marketing manager

Kate joined SPAB in 2013 heading up a new team to deliver the three-year HLF funded Maintenance Co-operatives project. She took the new position of marketing and development manager in March 2017. She is founder of London Small Historic Houses and has worked at Benjamin Franklin House.

Development and marketing team
Laura Calder, development and marketing officer

Kate Griffin, communications manager

Previously Kate has worked in press and PR roles at Sir John Soane’s Museum, British Waterways, The Friends of Friendless Churches, The National Autistic Society, and as a journalist. Kate is the author of the Kitty Peck books published by Faber and Faber.

Communications team
Alison McClary, communications officer
Felicity Martin, membership communications officer

Maggie Goodall, education and training manager

With a background in architectural history and listed buildings casework, previously Maggie has worked for the Victorian Society, the War Memorials Trust and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England. She joined the SPAB in 2013, where she leads the Society's education programmes. 

Education and training team
Catharine Bull, Scholarship organiser                    Pip Soodeen, Fellowship organiser
Gina Murphy, training officer (maternity cover)     Nicola Whittington, education officer (maternity cover)

SPAB Scotland

Emma Whyley, Scotland officer

Mills Section

Sophie Martin, Mills administrator