Dr Simon Thurley

Adviser on conservation architects and listed buildings

Simon brings to RedBook the extraordinary knowledge and insight he gained over the past 15 years as Chief Executive of English Heritage – the country’s guardian of its historic buildings.

In that role he shaped more than anyone the ‘listing’ system which protects by law all of the country’s most significant periods houses and buildings, and governs what owners can do to them. He was also responsible for over 400 of national monuments and historic houses.

Simon was previously Director of the Museum of London and Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, responsible for Kensington Palace, the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace among other national treasures. He is the author of many acclaimed books including his most recent, The Building of England.

He divides his time between homes in London and East Anglia, where he and his wife are raising their two children.