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Bob EdwardsBob Edwards BSc (Hons) PG Dip IHBC MIFA - Director
Bob began his career as a field archaeologist working in the city of Canterbury followed by working on rural projects in Cambridgeshire. He joined Hampshire County Council (HCC) in 1995 to undertake the English Heritage funded Extensive Urban Survey of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. He subsequently became a Principal Conservation Officer at HCC. In 2001, Bob founded Forum Heritage Services as a partnership with Wendy Edwards and has worked on a number of major projects relating to historic farm buildings including the production of a series of regional Preliminary Farmsteads Character Statements for English Heritage and the Countryside Agency. Working with Jeremy Lake of English Heritage’s Characterisation Team, Bob has developed a methodology for characterising farmsteads at a local level using the National Character Areas as a framework for describing character, and through mapping farmsteads across Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex, the High Weald and Staffordshire. Bob has undertaken many building recording projects and conservation statements for the National Trust and private clients. His principal interests lie in the use of characterisation, the development of settlement and buildings, with particular experience of historic farm buildings. Bob is a committee member of the Historic Farm Buildings Group and is editor of the HFBG Review. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >>>

James WebbJames Webb BSc (Hons) MSc (Hist Con) PG Dip UD IHBC - Director
James started his professional career in historic environment work undertaking a Buildings at Risk survey in preparation for an action plan for a bid for a conservation area partnership scheme for Kennet District Council. His technical knowledge was built upon as an Historic Data Indexer for the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England (1994-1995), inputting and analysing data recorded on the statutory list of buildings of special architectural and historic interest, resulting in the compilation of a published thesaurus of building materials. James’ conservation experience includes posts at several local authorities in the post of Conservation Officer (Westminster City Council, London Borough of Lewisham, Hampshire County Council, Christchurch Borough Council, North Dorset District Council) including a three month sabbatical as a Heritage Advisor for Heritage Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Since 2007 James has been Co-Director of Forum Heritage Services where his work has included Conservation Area Appraisals, Conservation Plans, Assessments of Significance, Heritage Impact Statements and advice, archaeological desk-based assessments, building recording, large scale buildings surveys and project management. His involvement with professional bodies includes being a previous trustee of the Industrial Buildings Preservation Trust ; Chairman of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation South; Treasurer/Secretary of the Technical Panel of the IHBC; a former member of the South East Regional Design Panel; Chairman of the Dorset Conservation & Design Officers Group; and is currently the Dorset representative for the IHBC South West Branch. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >>>

Wendy Edwards - Director
Wendy worked in field archaeology, specialising in the management of archaeological finds, firstly in Canterbury and subsequently in Cambridgeshire including the Saxon cemetery site at Edix Hill, Barrington. Wendy became Archaeological Collections Manager at Bournemouth University in 1992, a position she held until 1999. In 2001, Wendy co-founded Forum Heritage Services with Bob Edwards. Wendy provides GIS support, undertaking the creation and editing of spatial data for characterisation and Conservation Area Appraisal projects.

Tracey Webb BA (Hons) PG Dip (Info Studies) ALA - Director
Tracey is a qualified information professional with a background in academic libraries, including three months working at RMIT University in Melbourne. As well as staff and budgetary responsibilities she was Deputy Webmaster for the University of Southampton Libraries website. In 2007, Tracey became a Director of Forum Heritage Services where she provides administrative support, including responsibility for the company’s website.

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