The Casework Committee is the scrutinising body that examines planning matters relating to or affecting Victorian & Edwardian buildings (1837-1910) in the West Midlands Metropolitan Area: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton; Warwick District including Leamington; Redditch and Bromsgrove The Committee is chaired by Birmingham architect and urban planner, Joe Holyoak (pictured right >).
Other members of the committee are:
Rob Allen (Volunteer Caseworker for Sandwell)
Malcolm Baxter (Volunteer Caseworker for Royal Leamington Spa)
Andy Foster (Volunteer Caseworker for churches)
Jeremy Handy (Volunteer Caseworker for Redditch)
Jennie McGregor-Smith (Volunteer Caseworker for Bromsgrove)
Gillian Roberts (Volunteer Caseworker for Wolverhampton)
Barbara Shackley (Volunteer Caseworker for Solihull)
Roy Taylor (Volunteer caseworker for Dudley)
The Birmingham & West Midlands Group are lucky to have a paid Conservation Adviser funded by the Mary Heath Trust. Tim Bridges (pictured right >) has been our Conservation Adviser since October 2006.
After studying history at Exeter & medieval studies at York Universities, Tim has worked at Worcester City Museums as Keeper of Archaeology and for the past twelve years as Collections Manager. His experience from the Museum includes contributing to a book which interprets the built heritage of Worcester, a major exhibition on the porcelain industry in the early 19th century, the promotion of Worcester’s post-medieval archaeology and buildings through collections and records, and more recently the day to day management of the beautiful 1896 Museum and Art Gallery building.
Tim has a keen interest in the architectural history of Midland buildings, and churches in particular. He lectures and leads guided visits around local churches including those of the 19th and 20th centuries, and has published books on the churches of Worcestershire and the Black Country. He also serves on the Worcestershire & Dudley Historic Churches Trust, and the Worcester and Birmingham Diocesan Advisory Committees and, since March 2010, also works as Church Buildings Support Officer in Hereford Diocese.