Casework Committee

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.

Other members of the committee are:

Rob Allan
Volunteer Caseworker for Sandwell & Dudley

Tim Bridges
Conservation Adviser

Andy Foster
Volunteer Caseworker for churches

Angus Kaye
Society Representative on Warwick DC Conservation Advisory Forum

Gillian Roberts (Volunteer Caseworker for Wolverhampton)
Barbara Shackley (Volunteer Caseworker for Solihull)

Lewis Hobbs (SPAB Scholar 2023)
Jasna Jaksic
Eva Ling
David Low
Sinéad Scullion
(SPAB Scholar 2022)
Mary Worsfold


Joe Holyoak RIBA


Joe Holyoak RIBA
Tim Bridges

Conservation Adviser

Tim Bridges

The Birmingham & West Midlands Group are lucky to have a paid Conservation Adviser funded by the Mary Heath Trust. Tim Bridges 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.

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