The Welsh Georgian Trust was formed in 2011 as a Building Preservation Trust using Architectural Heritage Fund and Charity Commission approved Memorandum and Articles of Association. We are a company limited by guarantee (7705089), a registered charity (1144813) and a member of the Heritage Trust Network.
Our objects are to preserve for the benefit of the people of Wales and the Welsh Marches and of the Nation, the historical, architectural and constructional heritage that may exist in and around Wales and the Welsh Marches in Georgian and Pre-Georgian buildings (including any structure or erection, and any part of a building as so defined) of particular beauty or historical, architectural or constructional interest.
We have an office in Monmouth but cover all of Wales and the Marches, having trustees in North and South Wales and in the Welsh Marches.
The trustees of the Welsh Georgian Trust are:
Andrew Beckett (Chair) Early interest in Georgian buildings led to a degree in History and to being a member of the Georgian Group. He later undertook postgraduate study in architectural history and conservation, and his Masters dissertation on Building Preservation Trusts won the IHBC Gus Astley prize. Andrew is a trained Chartered Accountant and is Managing Director of a UK wide electronics business. He has also been a trustee and treasurer of the UK Association of Preservation Trusts (APT).
Richard Keen has had a long history within the Welsh conservation movement and worked for the National Trust in Wales for many years. He has served on the Historic Buildings Council for Wales (as Chair from 2004 to 2010), The Ancient Monuments Board for Wales, The Heritage Lottery Fund (Wales), ICOMOS UK World Heritage Committee and on the committee for the Welsh Heritage Schools initiative. He is currently Wales trustee for the Architectural Heritage Fund and was Chair of APT/HTN Wales.
Clare Thomas Following a career in public service, including working in the Wales higher education sector and the Arts Council of Wales, Clare Thomas became involved in the heritage sector. She was the founder chair of Cymdeithas Aberaeron Society, which developed grant funded projects in community-based celebrations of heritage and identity, recording and presenting the town’s history and embracing digital technologies. This work was recognised at a national level with awards from the HLF Nationwide award partnership and the Association of Heritage Interpretation. She has been involved in the Abergavenny Gunter Mansion project since the beginning, bringing experience in community engagement and project funding to the initiative, and she now brings that expertise to the Welsh Georgian Trust.
Originally from England, Clare has made Wales her home, and is a fluent Welsh speaker. She is committed to promoting the rich heritage of Wales’ communities, and it’s superb legacy of important, and sometimes forgotten buildings.