STBA Board

STBA Board

The STBA is governed by a Board comprising:

  • Three independent co-chairs (one representing each sector)
  • Representative of our principal Patrons
  • Director of the Sustainable Development Foundation (our hosts)
  • Executive team of the STBA

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

Sustainability Chair

Industry Chair

Heritage Chair

Dr Jo Atkinson

Prof Sam Allwinkle

Mr John Preston

Dr Jo Atkinson is a Building Project Engineer at the Active Building Centre, led by Swansea University. 
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. 

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. Jo also worked on the Welsh Government’s flagship Arbed retrofit programme.

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. 

John is an 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.

Historic England Board Member

David Pickles

National Trust Board Member

Jo Lugg

Welsh Government Board Member

Jill Fairweather

SDF Board Member

Jon Bootland

SPAB Board Member

 Douglas Kent