Officers and Trustees

Thomas Sheppard latestThomas Sheppard became Chairman of the Trust in February 2016.

Thomas Sheppard

Chairman of the Trust

Thomas Sheppard has over 40 years’ experience as a lawyer including being Managing Partner of Thrings LLP for ten years – until 2013. His primary expertise is as a Commercial Property lawyer. He is Chair of the Council of the University of Bath and also held the positions of Chair and Trustee of Dorothy House (Hospice Care) and RICE (Research Institute for the Care of the Elderly), Non-Executive Director at the Royal United Hospital, Chairman of the Finance Committee of Bath Festivals Trust and Vice Chair and Trustee of Bristol Arnolfini as well as many smaller charities and organisations. He first became a Trustee of Bath Preservation Trust in 2002 and during that period served as Chair of the Architecture Committee for a number of years. He retired as a Trustee in 2012 but was re-elected in June 2014.  Media Release 1 February 2016

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Caroline Kay

Chief Executive of Bath Preservation Trust
In attendance at Finance and General Purposes, Architecture and Planning, and the Museums and Education committee meetings

Before joining BPT as CEO in 2007, Caroline’s career has been largely within the public or non-profit sector, latterly working with cultural organisations particularly on the development of business plans, fundraising and capital projects. She started her career as a Clerk in the House of Lords, was Deputy Director of Arts and Business, and spent 12 years as a senior arts consultant including as an expert advisor assessing lottery applications for the Heritage Lottery Fund. She has an MA from Oxford University in Psychology and Physiology and an MSc from Bristol University in Organisational Psychology. From 1 September 2018 she will be a Trustee of the National Trust (and give up her current role as a member of the South West Regional Advisory Board of the National Trust). Previous non-executive roles have included Chair of the Wiltshire Music Centre, Board Member of English Touring Theatre, Aldeburgh Productions and Winchester College, and a non-executive member of the Avon, Gloucester and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority

The Trustees as at July 2018 are:

Thomas Sheppard (Chairman of the Trust)

See short biography above

Diane Aderyn OBE

Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee

Diane has recently retired from the position of Director of Finance and Commercial Services at the University of Bath and before that was Deputy Bursar at the University of Manchester. For many years she represented the University of Bath as Trustee of the Herschel House Trust and was treasurer of South Wraxall P.C.C. Formerly a Trustee of Bath Festivals and of the College of Radiographers.

Robert Hellard

Chair of the Environs Sub-Committee
Member of the Architecture and Planning Committee

A Civil Engineer with 13 years in the construction industry before setting up his own business, Mendip Fireplaces (Bath), in 1980. Robert is Vice-Chairman of South Stoke Parish Council

Tom Marshall

Chair of the Architecture and Planning Committee

Tom is a retired Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a commercial property consultant  specialising in development and real estate, and has held a number of senior roles in this sector.

Sally Price

Member of the Museums and Education Committee

Born in Zimbabwe, Sally studied Anthropology with Development Studies and History of Art with Fine Art at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg before spending twelve years working first in the Windhoek Museum, Namibia, and subsequently in the South African Museum of Natural History and Anthropology in Cape Town, South Africa. She is an experienced researcher (anthropology and archaeology) and museums education officer (schools and community). 20 years ago her hobby led to forming Boldstone Sculpture and her pieces are bought and exhibited worldwide.

Mark Wilson Jones

Member of the Architecture and Planning Committee

Mark is an architect and architectural historian who works on the classical tradition going back to ancient Greece and Rome. He studied in Cambridge and London and was a Rome Scholar.  He has combined research with teaching in London, Rome and several American universities, and is Director of Postgraduate Research at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath.

Julie Finch

Member of the Museums and Education Committee

Currently the CEO of The Cheltenham Trust, Julia had been an advisor to the BPT Museums and Education Committee since June 2017.  She has gained a wide range of heritage and cultural sector experience working regionally as Director of Bristol’s Museums, Galleries and Archives and committee member for Heritage Lottery Fund South West, nationally as a council member for Arts Council England and internationally as Director for the new Western Australian Museum in Perth.  During her career she has been a great advocate for collaborative working, the power of culture and heritage to inspire engagement and education reaching the most diverse audiences as demonstrated at M Shed, the people’s museum for Bristol.  She has worked collaboratively with Bath institutions over the years and continues to have a keen interest and passion for developing heritage assets and their audiences.

Peta Hall

Peta took a London Secretarial course and spent a year in California as an au pair. On her return to Bath she spent 10 years as PA to several high profile business leaders. One was to become Chairman of BPT, bringing Peta in to the Trust in 1999 to help open Beckford’s Tower and later to become Membership Secretary for 16 years. Before BPT, Peta joined an American Undergraduate programme based in Bath as PA to the Directors and Manager. Peta held Directorships of Higher Education in Europe, Academic Agency Ltd and Advanced Studies in England (ASE), and was appointed member of the Institute of Directors. Peta was also Company Secretary to companies in the same organisation and helped to manage  various international conferences. In the 2000s, while working for BPT, Peta also worked for ASE as their Housing Manager, looking after student housing and welfare. In 2017 Peta stepped down from ASE and as Membership Secretary for BPT and now enjoys a continued, voluntary relationship with the Trust, as well as joining the Board of BCVS Homes in Bath and the Committee of St John’s Court, Bath.

Bruce Haines

Member of the Museums and Education Committee

Bruce worked in advertising for over forty years before moving to Bath in 2013. During his career he worked in this country and globally advising major companies on their brands and marketing. He was Group CEO of Leo Burnett London and, most recently, Global COO of Cheil, part of the Samsung Group based in Seoul, South Korea. He is a former President of the industry’s trade body, the IPA, a Fellow of the Marketing Society and a former Chair and now Patron of NABS, the main charity of the communications industry.

Colin Johnston

Member of the Museums and Education Committee

Colin came to Bath in 1984 as City Archivist to the former Bath City Council and is now manager of the combined Archives and Local Studies services at Bath Record Office. He is a long-standing member of several Bath history groups for which he has intermittently served in committee and officer roles.

Rachel Johnston

Member of the Museums and Education Committee

Rachel joined the National Trust in October 2008.  Rachel is the Assistant Director of the Consultancy in the South West and is accountable for the strategic leadership of all visitor-facing, income generating and conservation activities in the Region.  Rachel leads a 100-strong specialist internal consultancy team.   Prior to joining the Trust Rachel spent six years as Head of Brand and Marketing at Alnwick Garden leading on brand, marketing and commercial strategy.  Rachel’s career has also included product management for Sage Software and marketing for a range of business books for Pearson Publishing. In her spare time Rachel co-leads her own strategic consultancy focused on driving profitable growth through audience focused organisational change.

Simon Morray-Jones

Member of the Architecture and Planning Committee

Simon heads an architecture practice based in central Bath which specialises in upgrading historic properties whilst adapting them to the twenty-first century. The practice has considerable experience in all aspects of restoration, conversion and extensions to listed buildings and has received numerous awards and commendations for its combination of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design. Simon was previously a Trustee for 12 years until 2017.

Professor Robert Tavernor

Member of the Architecture and Planning Committee

Robert is a retired academic and now a consultant architect. Between 1992-2011 he held professorships in architecture at the universities of Edinburgh, Bath and London School of Economics. He is an expert on the foundations of classical architecture. While at Bath he was a Trustee of Bath Preservation Trust and a director of the Building of Bath Museum (1995-2005). He founded his London-focused townscape and heritage consultancy in 2001, which has advised on many major developments in central London. He has provided expert witness evidence at more than 50 public inquiries.

Victoria Thornton OBE

Member of the Architecture and Planning Committee

Victoria is the Founder and former Director of Open House and Open-City, an architecture education charity advocating the value of design in creating vibrant, liveable cities. Other positions and roles have included Jury Member RIBA Royal Gold Medal; Board Member Irish Architecture Foundation; Women in Architecture Judge; RIBA Research Committee, Expert Advisory Board, Bartlett 2050 Leadership Programme and Architecturels memberkffkjsad. She is also the author of Open House, Chair of Open House Worldwide, and co-author of London’s Guide to Contemporary Architecture. Victoria was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the RIBA in 2003, Honorary MA from London Metropolitan University, 2006, and an OBE in 2012 for services to architecture and education. Victoria joined the Council of the Architectural Association in 2016.  Since moving to Bath, Victoria has taken an active interest in the Museum of Bath Architecture and is a member of Architecture Is, a collaboration between amongst others BPT and the University of Bath.



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