New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Board of Trustees

Birmingham Conservation Trust is a charity which is governed by a Board of up to thirteen Trustee Directors.



 John Copping

John has recently completed the BCU heritage conservation course and previously studying buildings’ archaeology.  He has widespread management experience in companies large and small, having structured many change programmes.  As a consultant, he has facilitated scores of partnership projects by which the know-how of universities has been transferred into commercial companies, supported by government grant in tranches of £300k.  The programme utilized a widely-respected methodology for project management.  As a management accountant he is familiar with finance, so is currently acting as the Trust’s Treasurer.




Trustee Directors (in alphabetical order):

Carol BowsherCarol Bowsher

Carol has extensive experience within the Heritage and Cultural Sector, having worked in museums in Sandwell, Wyre Forest, Birmingham and Ironbridge. She was also Programme Manager in the West Midlands region for the government’s groundbreaking initiative ‘Renaissance in the Regions’, supporting the Board in bringing inward investment in excess of £40 million. Her areas of expertise are strategic and business planning, heritage management, audience development and learning.

Her own passion for the built environment developed from studies in 18th and 19th Design and Architecture at Birmingham Polytechnic. Carol currently lectures in Heritage Management and History at the University of Worcester, encouraging understanding of the built environment and material culture, alongside undertaking heritage consultancy and working in areas of health and access (dementia support and awareness). She is an Editorial Board member of History West Midlands.

Christine Cushing

Christine was born and bred in Birmingham, and since retiring from Toye & Co, one of the oldest and largest manufacturers in the Jewellery Quarter where she was the Design and Marketing Manager, she continues to love the city’s industrial history and more specifically, the JQ, and has been a volunteer tour guide at the Coffin Works since it opened in 2014.


Christine is a Trustee, and Past Chairman, of the Birmingham Civic Society and a Governor of Chandos Primary School in Highgate.  During 2014-2015 she was a member of Birmingham Cathedral’s Tercentenary Committee, leading on its Heritage strand.


Ken1Kenneth Fisher

Kenneth is a chartered architect and accredited conservation architect.  He is a director of Apec Architects Limited a Birmingham firm with more than forty years experience in conservation and community architecture. Projects of particular local significance have been St Martin’s in the Bull Ring and the BBC 2 Restoration Project at Kings Norton.

Kenneth has been President of the Birmingham Architectural Association, Chairman of the RIBA, West Midlands Region and a member of the Birmingham Conservation Areas Advisory Committee.

Having lived most of his life in Birmingham, Kenneth has a deep-rooted love of his home city and the wonderful old buildings that tell of its history and the people for which they were built.  Bringing redundant buildings back to life by sensitive intervention, sustainable uses and appropriate interpretation has been a driving force throughout Kenneth’s career, and he believes that this experience will both benefit and complement the mission of the Birmingham Conservation Trust.


Shane KelleherShane Kelleher

Shane leads on archaeological matters for the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust where he advises on the management, care and conservation of the 36 Scheduled Monuments and listed buildings in the museum’s care. He also runs Ironbridge Archaeology, contributes to the museum’s academic output, and co-ordinates the Ironbridge Archaeology Volunteer Group and the Ironbridge Young Archaeologists’ Club. In addition, Shane lectures about various aspects of built heritage at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, and is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Birmingham, where he worked for six years as a historic buildings specialist/project manager. Shane is a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA) and is on their Member Services and Promotions Committee. He is a council member of the Association for Industrial Archaeology, and is on the Archives and Collections and the Archaeology committees of the Historical Metallurgy Society.

Shane lives in Shropshire and when he isn’t out discovering his new county’s diverse built heritage and stunning countryside he likes to return to Birmingham where he can be found exploring the streets of Digbeth and the Jewellery Quarter.


Gurminder Kenth

Gurminder Kenth is an experienced museum professional who has worked in heritage for 16 years, working in Birmingham’s cultural organisations from the Ikon Gallery to Aston Hall and currently working as Museum Manager at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.  She has worked in roles from front of house to exhibitions, project management to people management with operations being at the forefront; bringing a wide ranging experience to the Trustee role.  Gurminder also has national expertise to draw on, having attended the Clore Short Course, is a member of the Museums Association, the Colmore Bid Outstanding Places Working Group and the Women Leaders’ network.

Gurminder has a long term interest in profiling the heritage of Birmingham and the Midlands, bringing it to a wider prominence and is looking forward to working with the Trustees in ensuring the advocacy of the city.