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 Library's Traditional Building Materials.

Director's team

Jonathan Garlick, Special Operations Manager

Chi-Wei Clifford-Frith, Director & Projects Team Assistant

Alexandra Banister, Director's Assistant


Douglas Kent, Head of Technical & Research

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 & Research team

Mary Henn, Technical Officer

David John, Technical Advisor

Catherine Peacock, Technical Administrator


Christina Emerson, Head of Casework

Christina joined the SPAB in March 2019, heading up a team that deals with over 2000 formal and informal requests for advice a year. Christina has a background in listed buildings casework and campaigning for buildings at risk, as well as marketing and strategy development. 

Casework team

Joanne Needham, Casework Officer

Rachel Broomfield, Casework Officer

Elgan Jones, Casework Officer

Merlin Lewis, Casework Support Officer


Kate Streeter

Kate Streeter, Head of Development & Communications

Kate joined SPAB in 2013 heading up a team to deliver the Maintenance Co-operatives Project. She took the new position of Marketing & Development Manager in 2017 and became Head of Development & Communications in 2022. Before joining the SPAB she was Director of Burgh House & Hampstead Museum.

Development & Communications team
Rachel Stoplar, Communications Manager

Michael Nelles, Membership Manager

Lauren Wilson, Digital Communications Officer

Kimberley Gordon, Grants Officer

Louise Simson, Property List Officer

Sophie Clay, Membership Assistant


Elaine Byrne, Head of Education & Training

Elaine joined the SPAB in 2005 and has held a range of roles in that time, including Casework Officer and SPAB Ireland Officer. Her team's work includes the delivery of all training courses and educational events, the Scholarship and Fellowship programmes and the archive.  

Education & Training team

Catharine Bull, Scholarship Officer

Pip Soodeen, Fellowship officer

Skye Stevenson, Education Officer

Catherine Rose, Training Officer

Rohwana Ogunbiyi, Archive Officer


Richard Mullis, Head of Operations

Richard joined the SPAB in 2023 in the new role of Head of Operations.

Operations team

Margaret Daly, Office Manager

Shahina Begum, IT Manager

Neil Faulkes, IT Advisor


SPAB Scotland

Lucy Stewart, SPAB Scotland Officer


SPAB Ireland
SPAB Ireland

Deirdre Keeley, SPAB Ireland Officer


Mills Section

Silvia McMenamin, Mills Officer