Prominent Former Trust Members
Jack Lowe the County Director of Planning from 1964 to 74 was a founding member of the Trust. Jack saw the NBPT as a vehicle to channel new grants from county and district councils towards the conservation of ordinary houses.
Ernest Lester J.P.
Councillor A.E. Lester was a founder of the Trust and its first Chairman (1967 to 1976). His 9 year chairmanship is reported to have been under taken “with great vigour and humour”.
One of the Trust’s original members who played a key role in establishing both the character of the work of the Trust and the high standards for which it became respected.
The Architect Henry ‘Harry’ Johnson played a major role in the early days of the Trust. He brought the highest standards of taste and style in architecture along with a deep practical knowledge to each project. His manner was quiet and restrained but not the less authoritative for that. The Harry Johnson Award was set up in his honour.
A former chairman of the Trust, Maurice Barley remained a member of the Management Committee of the Trust until his death in 1991.
The late Imogen Skirving of Langar Hall took over the Chair of the Trust from Ernest Lester in 1976. “Imogen was a jolly, energetic chairman with boundless enthusiasm for caring and preserving the beautiful buildings of all sizes which go to make the character of our county”. Graham Beaumont