Trustees

Professor Roger Ainsworth
Professor Roger Ainsworth (Chairman)

Master of St Catherine’s College and Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. Born in 1951, he attended Lancaster Grammar School before working as an apprentice with Rolls-Royce Aeroengines. He came to Oxford to study at Jesus College graduating with a 1st in 1973. Graduate research led to a doctorate in 1976. He worked for Rolls-Royce and the Atomic Energy Research Establishment before returning to Oxford in 1985, as a Tutorial Fellow at St Catherine’s College, and elected Master in 2002.

HH Judge Ann Campbell
Her Honour Ann Campbell (Chair - Castle Committee)

Read Law and History of Art at Cambridge University specialising in modern architecture which has remained a keen interest.

She has lived in the North Oxford Conservation Area for 40 years.

A qualified solicitor practicing in Oxford from 1974 - 1992. District Judge in Oxford from 1992 - 2004. Circuit Judge in Reading 2004-2008. Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. Married to His Honour Quentin Campbell

John Church
John Church

Bursar, Pembroke College responsible for non-academic areas to include finance, planning and major projects including overseeing the award winning redevelopment creating a new quad for the college.He took early retirement in 2003 having spent most of his career with Barclays latterly as MD of Barclays Premier Bank and interm MD of Barclays France. He read Modern Languages at St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge graduating in 1974 and was brought up in Lincoln. He lives in Oxford and France.

Cllr Colin Cook
Cllr Colin Cook (City Council Trustee)

Was born and brought up in New Brighton on the Wirral and came up to Oxford in 1982 to read Biochemistry at Hertford College. In 1986 he did a year of teacher training at Homerton College, Cambridge, and then returned to Oxford for further study, this time in Physiology at the Queen’s College. In 1999 he was elected to represent West Ward, now Jericho & Osney Ward, on Oxford City Council and is currently the Heritage Champion. He is Chief Technician at the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre.

Charles Cooper
Charles Cooper (Vice-Chairman & Chair of Finance & Executive Committee)

Graduated from Bristol University in 1970 with a degree in Economics and Politics, and spent eight years with Courtaulds in Manchester, Munich and Brussels. He was a director of Cooper Callas from 1978 to 2014 and has been a Trustee of Oxford Preservation Trust since 1999. Charles lives in North Oxford.

Tom Hassall
Mr Tom Hassall OBE MA FSA Hon MCIfA

Mr Tom Hassall OBE MA FSA Hon MCIfA has been an archaeological consultant in private practice since 1999. He specialises in urban regeneration projects and has worked in Bath, Chester, Liverpool and Manchester, as well as Oxford. He is an adviser to ICOMOS which provides cultural heritage advice to UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre having been former President 1998 – 2002 and Chair of ICOMOS World Heritage Sites Committee 2002-07. He was the Secretary and Chief Executive of the former Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1986-1999; founding director of the Oxford Archaeological Unit (now Oxford Archaeology), 1973-1985; and Director of the Oxford Archaeological Excavation Committee, 1967-1973. Since 2011 he has chaired Historic England’s Historic Wrecks Advisory Panel, previous Chair UK’s Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites, 2002-2011. President of OAHS 1984-92, Chairman of the Victoria History 1997-2003 and Chairman of Society of Antiquaries Kelmscott Manor Management Committee, 2000-2005. He has been a Fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford, since 1973 and has lived in Oxford throughout his life.

Isobel Hughes
Mrs Isobel Hughes (University Trustee)

BScBArch Cardiff University, completed professional qualification in 1990.

Worked for Purcell Miller Tritton as conservation architect for 4 years.

Conservation Officer at West Oxfordshire District Council.

Architect for Oxford University for 4 years before becoming Head of Conservation and Buildings to 2015, now head of Capital Projects..

James Lawrie
Mr James Lawrie

Mr James Lawrie is currently Treasurer at Christ Church, Oxford after a career in investment banking in Asia-Pacific and Europe. He is married with two children and lives in Old Marston. He is Chairman of the Marston Area Committee of OPT and a churchwarden of St Nicholas, Old Marston. He was educated at Eton College and Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Cllr Lorraine Lindsay-Gale
Cllr Lorraine Lindsay-Gale (County Council Trustee)

Lorraine is the County Council Cabinet member for Property Services and for Cultural and Community Services.  A former advertising copywriter she began a second career in archaeology and has a BA Hons at Reading and a Professional Diploma at Oxford in archaeology. Until December 2008 she worked at Oxford Archaeology as their Corporate Communications Officer. She is a Trustee of Victoria County History, Cogges Farm Museum, Board member of the Oxfordshire Buildings Trust, the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum and Experience Oxfordshire. Her particular interests include protection of the environment and conservation of our heritage.

Frank Marshall
Mr Frank Marshall (Chair - Investment Committee)

Born in Glasgow 1957, educated in Scotland and read History at Cambridge University.

1979 - 1999 worked at Schroders as a banker and investment manager

1999-2000 Graduated (M Phil.) Cambridge University.

Since 2001 Estates Bursar of University College, Oxford.

Married with one daughter living in North Oxford.

Julian Munby
Mr Julian Munby BA, FSA

Head of Buildings Archaeology at Oxford Archaeology, where he has worked since 1990 on a wide range of historic buildings and environmental consultancy. He has produced a series of Conservation Plans for English Heritage, National Trust, and others. With an interest in medieval towns and buildings, he has worked extensively on buildings and property history in Oxford and its landscape, resulting in numerous publications. He has other interests in landscape, garden, and transport (coach) history and archaeology). JM is also Oxford Diocesan Archaeological Advisor.

Cllr Susanna Pressel

Cllr Susanna Pressel has been a city councillor since 1996 and a county councillor since 2009, representing part of the city centre, Jericho and the Botley Road area.

I studied French and German at Somerville College and have enjoyed a long career as a teacher, mainly in Blackbird Leys.

I have been an active member of the OPT (and the Civic Society) since first becoming a councillor.

I have lived in the North Oxford conservation area for more than 40 years and have taken a close interest in the City Council's work on conservation.

City Councillor for Jericho and Osney Ward

County Councillor for Jericho and Osney Division

Carole Souter

Since September 2016 Carole has been Master of St Cross College, Oxford.  Prior to that she was Chief Executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund for 13 years. She began her career in the civil service and has over 20 years’ experience of policy formulation and operational management in the Departments of Health, Social Security and the Cabinet Office. She has always been actively engaged in the charitable sector and is currently a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces and  Creativity, Culture and Education.  She was awarded the CBE in 2011 for services to conservation. Carole is married with two adult children and is a heritage and culture enthusiast and a keen gardener.

David Streat
Mr David Streat (Chair - Land Committee)

Self-employed Chartered Surveyor.

Attended school in Oxford and returned to live in the city. Has been a permanent resident of Oxford for the last 35 years.

Interested both professionally and personally in buildings, land and associated matters.

Geoffrey Tyack
Dr Geoffrey Tyack (University Trustee)

Fellow of Kellogg College and Director of the Stanford University Centre, Oxford since 1984. He read history at St John’s College. He wrote his M.Litt thesis on the buildings of Warwickshire country houses before working as assistant editor on VCH Middlesex and lecturer in history for Stanford University at Cliveden House, Buckinghamshire. Since returning to Oxford he has taught and lectured on architectural history at OUDCE and elsewhere in the University and beyond. He has written several books, including Oxford: an Architectural Guide (OUP 1998), Modern Architecture in an Oxford College (OUP 2005), and recently updated Pevsner for Berkshire in the England’s Buildings series. He has published numerous articles on a wide variety of architectural topics. He lives in south Oxford (and has one of the city’s boundary stones in his back garden).

Cllr Louise Upton

Dr Louise Upton was born in Shropshire, coming to Oxford in late 1980s to read Biochemistry at New College.  She spent several years in Paris before returning to Oxford in 1998 as a research scientist at the University, and now also teaches neuroscience at Christ Church.   She has been a member of OPT since 2010 living in the Old Marston Conservation Area, She was elected as a City Councillor in 2013 and has chaired the West Area Planning Committee since 2015.

Professor Heather Viles
Professor Heather Viles (University Trustee)

Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation in the University of Oxford and Head of the School of Geography and the Environment. She is Co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering for the Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA). Her research focuses on the breakdown of rocks in the natural environment and within cultural heritage. Recent projects include working with Historic England on developing soft wall capping methods for conserving ruins as well as investigating whether ivy on walls is a good or bad thing. Her recent research has been funded by EPSRC, the Leverhulme Trust, NASA and English Heritage. She chaired the University’s Environment Panel and sat on their Buildings and Estates Sub-Committee for three years, was on the advisory board of the AHRC/EPSRC Research Programme on Science and Heritage and was a member of the steering group of the National Heritage Science Strategy.

Dr William Whyte
William Whyte

William Whyte is professor of social and architectural history and a fellow of St John.

Vice Presidents

Malcolm Airs
Professor Malcolm Airs

Emeritus Professor of Conservation and the Historic Environment, University of Oxford. He is past president of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society. He has served as a Commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and on the advisory committees of English Heritage, Historic England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Trust. He is a trustee of the Landmark Trust. He has published extensively on both historic conservation and architectural history.

John Ashdown
Mr John Ashdown

John Ashdown MBE, Hon MA (Oxon), FSA IHBC with a diploma in Conservation of Historical Monuments.

Worked in a London architectural practice before transferring to the Greater London Council's Historic Buildings division in 1964.

Oxford City Council Conservation Officer 1972-2000. John has a deep knowledge of Oxford and became an OPT Trustee on his retirement in 2000 -14.

Richard Carter Jonas

Richard Carter Jonas FRICS has been involved with Oxford Preservation Trust for many years, as our land agent, and later becoming a Trustee 1991 – 2010, member of the Land Committee and Vice Chairman.  Richard worked closely with the Director on the redevelopment of Oxford Castle of which he is justly proud.

Lucy Hughes
Lucy Hughes

Lucy has lived in Old Marston all her life, the daughter of the local farmer who looked after the OPT land.  Her mother was a member, then secretary of the local OPT Marston Commitree in the 1950s, something that Lucy followed on in 1980, later becoming an OPT Trustee.  She was elected Vice President in 2016.

Dr Ian Scargill
Dr Ian Scargill

Studied at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Departmental Demonstrator in Geography, University of Oxford 1959-64 and University Lecturer in Geography in 1964- 2000. A Fellow of St Edmund Hall from 1962, he was made Emeritus Fellow in 2000.

The author of books and articles on France and Urban Geography. Outside of work he was an Oxford City Magistrate from 1977 to 2005, and is an Elder and Associate Church Secretary at the Summertown United Reformed Church. Chairman of Oxford Green Belt Network. Dr. Scargill lives in Summertown.

Mrs Ann Spokes Symonds
Mrs Ann Spokes Symonds MA (Oxon)

Living for most of her life in Oxford, she is a long-standing member of OPT. She was made an OPT Vice President in 2010 following many years as a Trustee, initially appointed as City Council appointed Trustee from 1979 when she was a councillor.

A well-renowned local historian she has published works on various parts of Oxford, including North Oxford, Wolvercote, Iffley and Rose Hill. She wrote Oxford’s suburbs for the Encyclopedia of Oxford and a book on The Origins of Oxford Street Names.