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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Professor 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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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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Dr Jo Atkinson 

(STBA Sustainability Chair)

Dr Jo Atkinson is a Building Project Engineer at the Active Building Centre, led by Swansea University. Funded with £36m through the Transforming Construction Challenge, the Active Building Centre seeks to transform the way the UK designs, constructs and operates buildings.
Operating in a leading role alongside the Head of Projects, Jo collaborates with public and private sector organisations to support the delivery of Active Building demonstrator projects across the UK. Working through the stages from concept to in use, Jo’s role is pivotal to helping partner organisations in realising the immediate and long-term benefits of taking an Active Building approach to the development of new buildings.
Jo has a wealth of knowledge and experience from the reality of in-use performance of existing buildings, and practical implications and limitations of retrofitting these for future climate conditions and reduced energy consumption. Jo is a strong advocate of an appropriate fabric first approach to the development and retrofit of buildings.
Prior to joining the Active Building Centre, Jo was a Manager at the Carbon Trust, where she established and lead the delivery of housing work and was the building fabric technical lead. Most notably, Jo worked on the Welsh Government’s flagship Arbed retrofit programme, building on her previous experience since its inception in 2010, taking on many roles; these included being responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the retrofit works undertaken across Swansea, providing technical support to the Welsh Government and local authorities across Wales, facilitating workshops, and liaising with stakeholders including funders, suppliers, building contractors and scheme managers.
As a result of leading the development of this commercial experience, the Carbon Trust were approached by the current partner organisations to collaborate on the delivery of the third Welsh Government’s Arbed programme, and the Mayor of London’s Energy Accelerator programme in the GLA. Jo also provided the technical lead for the BEIS Energy Innovation Needs Assessment for Building Fabric.
As part of undertaking her PhD, Jo’s work was included in the initial gap analysis undertaken at the inception of the STBA, and the Responsible Retrofit publication. Jo also sits on the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings Working Group 4 – Existing Buildings. She continues her academic work as a supervisor for a PhD scholar who’s work builds upon the further work identified in her own PhD.

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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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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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