STBA Board


The STBA is governed by a Board comprising:

  • three independent co-chairs (one representing each sector)
  • representatives of our two principal Patrons
  • the director of the Sustainable Development Foundation (our hosts)
  • the executive team of the STBA


Co-chairs are elected by the Advisory Group and retire three years after election. 


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Sam Allwinkle, CIAT 

(STBA Industry Chair) 

Sam is a Professor Emeritus Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Sustainable Construction and is a visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University, UK. 


He also has a background in professional practice in Architecture and Surveying as partner and company director and currently director of Buildings Investigation Centre Edinburgh. 


During his career in academic life, his roles have included Director of Research in Built Environment, Chair of the Research Committee for the Council of Professors of Building Engineering Management, Member of the Scottish Building Regulations Advisory Committeeand Chair of QAA Benchmarking Panel for Architectural Technology.


Sam is the External Examiner and Accreditation Assessor for professional bodies such as RICS, CIOB and BIAT. He is also an external assessor for UK research bodies and Research Expert & Evaluator for the assessment of Research projects in Architectural Technology and Sustainability. His main areas of research expertise are  in building performance and life span assessment   


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John Preston, IHBC 

(STBA Heritage Chair)

Artist, Historic Environment Consultant and Lecturer.  Studied architecture and art history, then planning, before becoming a conservation officer in 1978, until retirement in 2012 as Historic Environment Manager for Cambridge.   Longstanding involvement in national conservation for ACO, then IHBC as Education Secretary for 12 years; now Vice Chair of IHBC Policy Committee, and IHBC lead on Sustainability and Green issues.  Trustee of  COTAC (Conference on Training in Architectural Conservation).  Author of  “The Context for Skills Education and Training” (in Journal of Architectural Conservation 10th Anniversary issue, 2006).  Experienced conference organiser, lecturer and external assessor.

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Peter Draper, Rounded Development Enterprises - (STBA Sustainability Chair)


Peter is the founding member of Rounded Developments Enterprises, which is an independent social enterprise based in Cardiff. RDE aims to bring sustainable building to Wales by developing projects and providing educational services. This work has always focused on community based enterprises and Peter’s over 20 years of experience in the voluntary sector in SE Wales has proved to be a real success in helping groups find holistic solutions to their construction needs.


Peter writes the award winning Eco Home Centre blog that focuses on sustainable refurbishment and best practice. The blog has a real eye for the practical needs / skills and underpinning knowledge required for renovations in pre 1919 buildings. Peter was a key member of the team with CITB to develop SUP training in pre 1919 construction and his main element was to look at the trades.

Peter provides training and associated services for organisations like Community Housing Cymru, Groundwork Wales, Renew Wales, Local Councils, DTA Wales, Cynnal Cymru.

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David Pickles, Historic England

David Pickles is a senior architect in the National Planning and Conservation Department of Historic England. David's role involves setting and upholding practical, technical and intellectual standards in building conservation. His work has involved writing and editing a wide range of technical guidance including most recently a comprehensive series of guidance on energy efficiency and historic buildings. 


David started his architectural career in Italy before spending twelve years in private practice in London. Prior to joining English Heritage in 1998 he was the architect to the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust and later served as the Victorian Society's appointed Director to the Trust.



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Jo Lugg, National Trust

Jo has worked for the National Trust for over 6 years, starting with the Trust working on the Low Carbon Village Project in Coleshill gaining experience in all areas of sustainability but with particular focus on energy efficiency in domestic properties and working with tenants to lower the carbon footprint of the village. 

Following this, Jo spent some time working on a similar project on the Cambo estate in Wallington before moving to a central role where Jo now works to coordinate areas within Energy, Conservation, Policy, Communications and External Affairs. 

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Jon Bootland, Sustainable Development Foundation


Jon is Director of the SDF, which works to promote a radical step change in sustainability performance of the UK built environment, with a particular focus on clients and investors. Through this work, Jon has been Director of the Good Homes Alliance (GHA) and the SHINE network for sustainable healthcare buildings, as well as Chief Executive of the Passivhaus Trust.  Jon has also taken the lead on other projects on schools, existing homes and low carbon communities.

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