Loyd Grossman CBE is an entrepreneur, writer and broadcaster who has had a long involvement with museums and heritage in the UK. A former Commissioner of English Heritage and of the Museums and Galleries Commission, he is Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust and Chairman of the Heritage Alliance. He is also President of NADFAS, Deputy Chair of the Royal Drawing School, a member of the board of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions and a Governor of the Building Crafts College.
Loyd was born in Boston, and educated at Boston University (BA), the London School of Economics (MSc Econ) and Magdalene College Cambridge (MPhil, PhD). He is an Emeritus Governor of the LSE and a member of the Council of the British School at Rome.
He is a Liveryman of the Carpenters' Company, an Honorary Liveryman of the Glaziers and Middle Warden of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars. Loyd also plays guitar in his band The New Forbidden who have appeared at Glastonbury and a number of other festivals.
Nigel is a specialist conservation architect who trained in Cambridge and is director of Archangel Architects, a practice whose focus is church buildings old and new, of all listings and none. Alongside his practice, Nigel is currently undertaking a PhD in Conservation at the University of York, looking at change, narrative and the community ownership of historic buildings. He is also a research associate at the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture at York, contributing to the development of an Historic England-funded online resource for the creation of Statements of Significance and writing an academic module for the post-graduate diploma on the English Parish Church.
Much of Nigel’s work involves finding ways to enable non-professionals to reconnect with their historic buildings, particularly communal ones such as churches. To this end he has authored a number of papers and books, most recently (with Andrew Mottram) Buildings for Mission: a complete guide to the care, conservation and development of churches (Canterbury Press, 2015). He keeps one foot in the world of practice and the other in world of academia, and is happiest when building bridges between the two.
I have the great honour of working with a passionate group of people in a radical community business in Manchester.
We are saving the Ancoats Dispensary from being demolished, but more importantly we are creating a vibrant business that provides somewhere for people to come together, have fun, share food and feel better about themselves.
We are in a joint venture with Igloo Regeneration and have a Stage 1 Heritage Enterprise Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which means we can stop the building from deteriorating further while we work up schemes for its repurposing into a twenty first century community facility.
I trained as a chartered surveyor and have experience in business development, community engagement and project management. This job feels like I’ve finally found the place where I can use all my varied skills, but more importantly where I feel that what we are doing will make a positive difference to lots of people’s lives, not least our own. That’s at the heart of why I’m so passionate about community businesses.www.ancoatsdispensarytrust.co.uk