Mr Leslie G Coop (Chairman)
Les is a retired Town Planner, who until 2000 was Director of Environmental Services for Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and a Planning Advisor to the North West Regional Assembly. Before retirement in 2013 he worked as a Consultant Planning Inspector and was for a time an External Examiner at Central England University. He has been a Board member of Oldham Primary Care Trust and Chairman of Oldham Community Health Services, a Board member of Great Places Housing Association and Chairman of Plumlife Housing Association. Currently he is a Trustee of Heritage Trust for the Northwest, ACE Centre and OPAL (Oldham Personal Advocacy Ltd). Les is also a School Governor.
Mr John H Graham
Relationship Director, Real Estate Finance, Santander Manchester
John became a Trustee of GMBPT in 2006 and Secretary in 2013. Over the past 32 years John has worked in three major banks and is currently with Santander UK plc based in Manchester. John specialises in providing corporate finance to commercial and residential property investors and developers. When previously at the Co-operative Bank he provided support to the Heritage Trust for the North West. He was also a Board Member of Irwell Valley Housing Association finally serving as Chairman for 3 years until 2000.
Mrs Christine Grime
Christine is a retired Primary School Head teacher and Senior Steward at Long Street Methodist church. She is also the Secretary of the Edgar Wood Society and the Arts and Crafts Trust, a not for profit Limited Liability Company set up to find commercial uses for the building. Prior to the GMBPT purchasing the Long Street Methodist Church and Schools, she was the secretary of the church Finance and Property Committee and with husband Geoff saw that the building was kept in as good repair as dwindling finances allowed. Christine was actively involved in transferring the ownership of the church to GMBPT and subsequently became a Trustee. As the Methodist Church now rents part of the building back from GMBPT her close connections with both groups ensures that good relations are maintained.
Each September Christine organises the Heritage Open Days weekend at the church and the Golden Cluster Open Days for four outstanding listed buildings in the Middleton Conservation Area of which LSMC is one. Christine also lead guided walks and tours of the church for groups throughout the year.
Mr Warren Marshall
Retired Architect and Town Planner. Formerly Urban Design and Conservation Manager with Manchester City Council where he was responsible for advising on architectural and urban design matters in addition to conservation areas and listed buildings. He also designed and ran contracts for many of the city's streets and spaces. He was the City Council’s main professional witness at numerous Public Inquiries and other planning appeals on design/context related appeals. He was an external examiner at Oxford
Brooks University and advisor lecturer at Manchester University. He also lectured in London and Bilbao. He is a member of the Manchester DAC and Manchester Cathedral FAC.
Mrs Kate Martyn BSc (Hons) MSc IHBC
Kate is an Associate Director Historic Building Consultant, working with for Donald Insall Associates for nearly 5 years and previously as a Senior Conservation Officer at Westminster City Council for 7 years. Kate moved to Manchester with her family to head up the new branch of Insall. She studied Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture and has a Masters in Historic Conservation - specialising in the public value of industrial monuments. She has a particular interest in the reuse of historic buildings and realising the successful integration of contemporary architecture. Kate is IHBC accredited, sits on the Victorian Society’s Northern Building Committee and the Place North West Design Review Panel as well as representing the Trust at the Manchester Conservation Areas and Historic Buildings Panel.
Ms Rebecca Mills BA (Hons) BArch RIBA
Rebecca joined Donald Insall Associates in June 2018 as a Senior Architect having worked previously at two specialist conservation and design led practices. She qualified as an Architect in 2012, is AABC registered, and an affiliate member of the IHBC. She sits on the Victorian Society’s Northern Building Committee and plays an active role in the management of the AABC Register.
During the course of her career she has worked on numerous significant buildings and coordinated numerous projects on site, including those at Pontefract Castle, All Saints Church Stand and St Mary and All Saints Church Whalley, all of which are HLF funded. She has also managed several standalone schemes at Manchester Cathedral.
Ms Moira Stevenson
Moira became a Trustee in 2011 following her retirement as Head of Manchester City Galleries after 38 years in the Museum and Galleries sector working in national, local authority and Independent institutions mainly in north west England.
During her career she has been engaged in museum development, asset management and capital projects including the £36million Manchester Art Gallery expansion. As Director of Macclesfield Museums and Head of Manchester City Galleries she was responsible for the management and operation of listed buildings engaged in delivering cultural and community services. Both organisations were dependent on fund raising and income generation from admissions, retail, catering and lettings for a significant element of the revenue and development budgets.
Since retirement she remains active in the cultural and heritage sectors and serves as a trustee on the boards of the following organisations: National Football Museum, Norton Priory Museum and Garden Trust, ADS(Addiction Dependency Solutions) and a member of the Manchester Cathedral FAC.
Mr Mark Watson
Mark graduated in geology from the University of Manchester in 1974 and worked for 12 years in the petroleum industry, mainly in the North Sea. He later took up a career as a professional photographer. A developing interest in buildings led him to specialise in architectural subjects working for architectural historians and publishers including Yale University Press and English Heritage and the Victorian Society. Although technically retired he still pursues photography in the support of conservation projects.
He is a former Director of RedEye, The North West Photography Network and a former council member of the Greater Manchester Churches Preservation Society. Currently he is a member of the Victorian Society Northern Buildings Committee, a longstanding member of the Manchester City Council Conservation Area and Historic Building Panel, a Sponsor of the Manchester Modernist Society and Trustee of the Portico Library.