Catherine Cullis recognised with SPAB Esher Award

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The SPAB's Esher Award was presented to Catherine Cullis MBE at the 2019 SPAB Guardians’ gathering in London. Formerly Director of the Churches Conservation Trust and past Churches and Cathedrals Officer at the SPAB, she received her MBE in 2009 for services to ecclesiastical heritage. As instigator of our Faith in Maintenance project, which provided training for volunteers caring for faith buildings across the country, as a member of Chichester Diocesan Advisory Committee and as a Guardian on the SPAB Casework Committee, Catherine has been a tireless advocate for the relevance and care of places of worship, building conservation and the work of the SPAB. 

The Esher Award commemorates the late Viscount Esher GBE, who was Chairman of the SPAB from 1932-1960. The Esher Award 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 SPAB.
Catherine says: "Being given the Esher award is the greatest honour of my life. And it has been the greatest pleasure and privilege to have worked with, or been associated with, the SPAB and its people - who are as special as the buildings they work so hard to protect and defend."   

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