Trustees

The Society is managed by a Board of Trustees. The trustees are also the directors of the charity for the purposes of the Companies Act. Who are they, and how are they elected?

Trustees are elected by the members of the Society at the Annual General Meeting normally for a term of office of 3 years. Trustees are automatically eligible for re-election for one further consecutive term and, if the Board of Trustees so approves their candidature, are eligible for re-election to further consecutive terms of office. The Board of Trustees has the power to co-opt members during the year but these members must stand for re-election at the next Annual General Meeting.

Patron HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO

President Griff Rhys Jones

Vice-Presidents
Sir David Cannadine FBA FRSL FRHistS
Lord Howarth of Newport CBE PC
Sir Simon Jenkins FRSL
Fiona MacCarthy OBE FRSL

Chair Professor Hilary Grainger

Professor Hilary Grainger has been a Dean of London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London since 2003. A graduate of Leeds University, she was awarded a BA (Hons) History of Art and English in 1973 and a PhD in Architectural History in 1985. A specialist in late nineteenth and early twentieth century English domestic architecture and design, she is the leading authority on the late Victorian architect Sir Ernest George and on the architecture of British crematoria.




Kate Davey, Legal

Kate has been at the Bar for twenty-five years and practises from 2 Pump Court in the Temple. She read history and law at Christ's College, Cambridge and was recently awarded an MA in Gothic architecture at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is particularly interested in church architecture and Victorian Gothic.




Lynn Pearcy, Finance

Prior to retirement in 2015 Lynn was with a major professional services firm for over 30 years, latterly as an audit partner advising on financial reporting. She has a particular interest in the Arts and Crafts movement.





Ann Wilks CBE, Non-executive

After reading history at Oxford and a Thouron Scholarship in the U.S.A., Ann worked mostly in the Department for Trade and Industry and was then appointed Chief Executive at the Financial Reporting Council. Following retirement, Ann has been a trustee and chair of school and college governors at a charity for disabled children. She has also chaired a charity set up to restore and regenerate the local Art Deco town hall in partnership with the council. Ann is currently researching and writing about a leading colonial administrator, Sir Henry Dobbs.




Dr David Low, Non-executive

David is a retired Consultant Paediatrician, he continues to work part time as a Clinical adviser to NHS Digital advocating better information for children and families. His interest in Victorian architecture dates from 1971 when he studied History of Art and Architecture at Cambridge which included a thesis on the churches of Norman Shaw.A member since then he has been Chair of the Birmingham and West Midlands group and has helped to organise four National AGMs held in the Midlands. He continues as a Trustee of the Mary Heath Trust Fund.



Steve Roman, Membership

A retired local authority manager, active in the Victorian Society's Manchester Group, he organised the 2013 AGM ‘By Lancashire’s Thread hangs England’s bread’ in Manchester, Rochdale and East Lancs. He organizes the photographic exhibition ‘Saving a Century’ which tours libraries and venues around the country. Linking his Manchester cultural identity and his lay interests in history, politics and architecture, he helped create the Manchester Peace and Social Justice Trail, leading groups around this city centre trail.



Andrew Saint, Non-executive

Andrew Saint has been involved with the Victorian Society for forty years and is a long-serving member of its Southern Buildings Subcommittee. He is the General Editor of the Survey of London, the official history of London’s buildings, and has written a number of books including Richard Norman Shaw (1976, second edition 2010); The Image of the Architect (1983); Towards A Social Architecture: The Role of England in Post-War School-Building (1987); and Architect and Engineer: A Study in Sibling Rivalry (2007).



Ken Moth, Casework Trustee and Deputy Chair

An accredited conservation architect who retired in 2010 after some 40 years in practice. He joined the Victorian Society in 1973 at a time of fierce campaigning in his home city of Manchester, and has remained an active member ever since. He is a keen amateur historian with a long-standing interest in the history of technology.



Henry Sainty

Henry has been a solicitor for 25 years, working with clients in the not-for-profit, culture, media and sport sectors. His history degree in the 1980s fostered an abiding interest in historic buildings. He has been an active supporter of Victorian Society talks, tours and other events for the past ten years, and has a particular interest in the social and historical context of Victorian buildings. He is currently organising a Victorian Society tour of South Wales. He lives in west London with his wife Sophie (a long-standing and active volunteer member of the Society) and two teenaged children. Any spare time is spent visiting towns and countryside in England and France with a box of guide books.




Kit Wedd

In 1991 Kit became the Victorian Society’s first Education Officer, working on campaigns for the restoration of the Albert Memorial and to encourage the conservation of ‘ordinary’ Victorian and Edwardian houses. She has written and edited many books and articles on nineteenth-century buildings, and is the author of The Victorian Society Book of the Victorian House. After three decades of working for various statutory bodies and in commercial planning consultancies, she founded the historic environment consultancy Spurstone Heritage Ltd in 2017.






Regional Group Chairs

Birmingham Stephen Hartland
Leicester Peter Ellis and Neil Crutchley (Joint Acting Chairs)
Liverpool Graham Fisher
Manchester David Harwood
South Wales Elaine Davey
South Yorkshire Valerie Bayliss CB