Niall Murphy is Deputy Director of Glasgow City Heritage Trust and a conservation accredited architect.

Niall is heavily involved in heritage, conservation and community issues in Glasgow, being Chair of Govanhill Baths Building Preservation Trust, Vice Chair of Pollokshields Trust, former chair of Pollokshields Heritage, Planning Convener for Pollokshields Community Council, a Glasgow Urban Design Panelist and member of the Development Management Working Group for the Scottish Government’s Planning Review.  In 2016 Niall helped secure Scottish Government funding for the `Make Your Mark’ East Pollokshields and Port Eglinton Charrette.  He has also won a number of awards for his work.

He is passionate about urban health and wellbeing and the role of planning, urbanism, architecture and placemaking in helping deliver positive outcomes for people who live in Scotland’s towns and cities. This explains his interest in Scotland’s built heritage which he sees as an integral part of this broader framework connecting to both the human need for memory, being able to locate oneself in space and time and in how places evolved and were traditionally crafted and made to reflect human scale and needs over multiple generations.  This is why he is particularly interested in how BEFS advocate for Tenements.


Nikola is a Principal Planning Advisor at Homes for Scotland.

Nikola is passionate about planning and the built environment. She is currently Principal Planning Advisor at Homes for Scotland, and is involved in supporting the interests of the home building industry through Scotland-wide committees as well as reviewing and influencing emerging national policy, Strategic Development Plans, Local Development Plans, Supplementary Guidance and related housing policy matters.

Prior to working for Homes for Scotland, Nikola was Planning Policy and Practice Officer for RTPI Scotland with a focus on engaging with and influencing key policy makers including MSPs, Scottish Government and other organisations;  communicating key messages to stakeholders and members in a range of ways, including as Co-Editor of Scottish Planner, the journal of RTPI Scotland; and leading and developing thinking on policy and practice through research and discussions.  Nikola has also worked for rural property consultancy Smiths Gore working mainly for large land-owner and estate clients across Scotland promoting land through the Development Plan, and also securing planning permission for a range of scales of development.

Nikola started her career with GVA Grimley in Edinburgh as a planning consultant delivering planning services to a range of public and private sector clients. As part of this she was offered a secondment to Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS) as a Development Officer, working with the team for 14 months to deliver best practice and improved services for clients. This involved development and delivery of training for communities and planning professionals on a wide range of planning matters including waste, renewables, housing, applications for large-scale energy generation, and community engagement.

Nikola was heavily involved as a volunteer for the Institute prior to taking up her current post, and was Convenor of the Edinburgh, Lothians, Borders and Fife Chapter; Member of the Scottish Executive Committee; Vice Chair of the Scottish Young Planners’ Network; APC Assessor; APC Mentor; and was the recipient of the RTPI Young Planner of the Year award in 2012.

Nikola is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and a Board Member and Volunteer of PAS, Secretary of the Women in Property Central Scotland Branch, and Committee Member of the RTPI South East Scotland Chapter, and Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.


Eila Macqueen is the Director of Archaeology Scotland.

With 30 years experience in the cultural heritage sector, Eila brings knowledge gained in a variety of different settings including local government NDPB and the voluntary sector.

Joining Archaeology Scotland in 2004 from a post with the Northern Ireland Museums Council, Eila has led the re-structuring and re-focussing of Archaeology Scotland with the Trustees and staff.

As a member of the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland (before its dissolution) Eila was on the committee that recognised the need for an intermediary body for the historic environment. Archaeology Scotland has a key role to play in strengthening the voice for Scotland’s Historic Environment through membership of BEFS.


Calum is a conservation architect.

Calum has over 25 years of experience working in private practice, managing the design and construction building projects.

In the early part of his career, he worked on a wide range of building types for residential, retail and leisure developments to office headquarters buildings for public agencies in Scotland and abroad.

In the later part of his career, he has concentrated on his passion for built heritage. He is the founding director of MAAC Studio ltd, which is based in Inverness and is focused on the conservation of historic properties and scheduled monuments throughout the Highlands.

He is involved in promoting community engagement in local heritage. He regularly participates in talks, exhibitions and events within the Highlands to develop public awareness and appreciation of architecture and our built environment.

For the past three years, he has been carrying out extensive research on the history of architecture in Inverness for a new book to be published in 2020.

Calum is also the Cathedral Architect for St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness.

He currently serves as a committee member of the Highland & Islands Traditional Building Forum and Inverness Architectural Association.



Tyler is an architectural conservator.

Tyler has more than twelve years of experience in construction and project management. She has extensive experience working in international markets and serving on and leading executive boards. Her areas of expertise include conservation of listed and non-listed buildings, business strategy, contract negotiation and management, and policy guidance in both the private and public sector. She serves currently as the Scottish Officer for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Tyler’s desire to serve on BEFS board is rooted in her passion to protect the built environment. She has nine years of experience serving on charitable boards, including six as President and Chair. Her extensive international experience in contemporary and historic built environments includes hands-on conservation of listed structures as well as large-scale contemporary construction including the Pelican Hill Resort and Golf Club ($70M) and Terranea Resort ($480M), amongst others. Tyler’s professional mission is to bring traditional building skills into the future, concentrating on the progression of safe, ethical and environmental practices.


Sarah is a Heritage Consultant at Sarah Kettles Conservation (sole trader).

Sarah’s first degree was in Geography, when she developed a particular interest in the effect of out of town shopping centres on traditional retail centres. Thereafter, she worked in London for 10 years, including 4 years as a senior consultant for the UK’s leading specialist geodemographic company.

During the last 15 years, and following the successful completion of an MSc in European Urban Conservation at the University of Dundee, Sarah has been involved in managing a variety of grant aided heritage projects. This has included the project management of the Brechin Townscape Heritage Initiative and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme. Between 2013 and 2016 she was responsible for the development of Angus Council’s community asset transfer policy and management of a local community planning team. More recently she was involved in developing the successful funding application for the ‘Fife Pilgrim Way’ long distance route in Fife. Sarah has also worked as the Development Manager for Glasgow City Heritage Trust.

Sarah is a full member of IHBC and is the membership secretary of the Scottish Branch. She is an associate member of the Scottish Community Learning & Development Standards Council.


Peter is a conservation accredited chartered architect, specialising in heritage-led regeneration.

From 2008 to 2015, Peter was national chairman of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS). He worked with other senior office bearers on key areas including compliance with OSCR procedures, development of a new business plan, and preparation of policy responses to government, and drafting guidelines for casework panels. Since 2019, he has been Chair of the RIAS Practice Committee. This has involved preparation of evidence to both the Scottish and Westminster parliaments, participation in Scottish Government working groups, and extensive stakeholder liaison.

As an AHSS council member, Peter is familiar with and supports the excellent work which BEFS does in representing the interests of the wider built heritage sector to Government and other Stakeholders. He has first-hand experience of operating a charitable body, the statutory requirements of trustees/directors, business planning issues, and staff management. In terms of the work undertaken by BEFS, Peter is particularly interested in working on policy development, discussions with government, and cross-sector approaches.


Nick is a Chartered Surveyor who has enjoyed a long career in both the private and public sector.

He is recognised as a highly experienced practitioner in every aspect of estates and property management, and for his contribution to the development of strategic asset management practice across the Scottish central and local government landscape.

Nick is also a Board member with RICS Scotland, Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce, West College Scotland and Shire Housing Association.

In 2014, Nick became a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

In his spare time he is a keen cricketer, golfer and classic car enthusiastic.


Ian Baxter is Director of the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business & Communication at Heriot-Watt University, and also Professor of Historic Environment Management at the University of Suffolk.

Ian Baxter originally trained as an archaeologist but has spent most of his career working with tourism and heritage management organisations in the UK and abroad as a management academic and project consultant. He has had a longstanding involvement with BEFS since its early development.

His main role is at Heriot-Watt University where he is Director of the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business & Communication (which has a dedicated activity stream focusing on supporting historic environment and tourism organisations develop links with China). He continues to be involved with the University of Suffolk where he was previously head of the Business School and Professor of Historic Environment Management.

He is also a Director of BEFS sister organisation in England, The Heritage Alliance, and oversees the fortnightly Heritage Update bulletin. He is committed to management development within the sector enabling greater understanding of strategic, tactical and operational opportunities for heritage organisations.

Twitter feed: @ibheritage


Iain is a recently retired Chartered Surveyor with 33 years of experience in the areas of Property Asset Management, Facilities Management, Property Advice, and Valuation and Rating, who has built successful relationships with public and private sector stakeholders.

Over the course of his career as a Chartered Surveyor in the Civil Service, he has work with all aspects of the built environment. He has worked with all ages, styles and types of housing, both public and private sector. In addition, his work involved all types of commercial property, including offices, industrial and retail as well as properties offering redevelopment opportunities and specialist science facilities.

In the later part of his career, as Director of Estates at Royal Parks, he gained insight into the value to the wider public of public open space and open green space in any built environment and the challenges of dealing with the variety and often conflicting stakeholder groups and objectives.

For the last nine years, he has worked as a senior manager representing organisations to the wider public and developing contacts with stakeholders across the public and private sectors. In roles at the National Measurement Office and at Royal Parks, he was responsible for setting the strategic direction of estates within the wider organisation and had to see the “big picture” when committing funds. Moreover, he has experience working with the third sector, having worked in the successful transition of Royal Parks from an Agency of government to becoming a charity in 2017. He has also worked as a lecturer at Napier University.

He currently serves as a trustee for the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, having been a “Fellow” since 1983, and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).