The UK Committee of the Blue Shield consists of a Chair, a Secretariat, a Webmaster, and members drawn from universities, charities, and heritage protection organisations across the UK. The Committee also has advisors from the military, the British Red Cross and UNESCO, all of whom have the status of Observers on the Committee.
UK Blue Shield is currently registering for charitable status, and is in the process of revising its structure. The below information will be updated shortly.
Chair: Professor Peter Stone, OBE
Peter is a Professor of Heritage Studies and the 2016 UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace. He stepped into this role from his former role as Head of School of Arts and Cultures for the International Centre of Culture and Heritage Studies Department at Newcastle University, England. In additional to his role as Chair of the UK Committee, he is Secretary General of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield, and a member of the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s Expert Network. He has published widely on heritage management, interpretation and education. Peter has worked extensively overseas and advised UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre on the original development of the World Heritage Education Programme. In 2003 Peter was the advisor to the Ministry of Defence with regard to the identification and protection of the archaeological cultural heritage in Iraq. He gave evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee regarding the Draft Cultural Heritage (Armed conflicts) Bill, that was intended to enable the UK to ratify the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of the Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols of 1954 and 1999. He continues to be heavily involved in lobbying the UK Government to ratify the Convention and its Protocols. Peter co-edited, with Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly, The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq (2008). In 2011 this was awarded the prestigious James R Wiseman book award by the Archaeological Institute of America. In 2008 he worked with staff of the Oriental Institute in Chicago to produce a travelling version of their exhibition ‘Catastrophe! The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq‘. Peter’s current research interests include the development of holistic approaches to the management of large heritage sites, the role of world heritage in UNESCO, and the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict.
Secretary / Webmaster: Dr Emma Cunliffe
Emma is a member of the Cultural Property Protection and Peace team, based at Newcastle University, where she where she works to protect cultural property in armed conflict. She specialises in satellite imagery analysis of site damage in peace and conflict, geo-spatial data, heritage in conflict, with a background in Middle Eastern archaeology, particularly Syria. You can read her staff profile here.
Dr Paul Fox
Paul is a historian of war and its representation in Western visual culture. He received his doctorate at University College London and is currently employed as a research fellow on the University of York’s project, British Military Encounters with Egypt, 1798—1918. Paul is also a member of the Cultural Property Protection and Peace team, based at Newcastle University, where he where she works to protect cultural property in armed conflict. He has extensive experience delivering intelligence support to operational activities of all types, and conducting CPP training for the armed forces. Read his staff profile here.
Robert is a journalist and heritage consultant with qualifications in architecture, town planning and urban design. He has been interested in the fate of heritage in conflict for some decades now following visits to Bosnia and the West Bank. In 2006, he wrote a book ‘The Destruction of Memory’: it was the first to comprehensively address the issue of targeted heritage. A documentary has been made of the book, released summer 2016. He is now writing a follow up and pursuing the connections between heritage and genocide early warning systems. As a journalist, he is the architecture critic for the Evening Standard. As a heritage consultant, he has worked recently on various public realm projects in London and a strategy to regenerate post-Olympic east London that protects creative uses. He is a member of ICOMOS’s ICORP committees, and its cultural tourism committee.
Dr Neil Brodie
Neil Brodie graduated from the University of Liverpool with a PhD Archaeology in 1991 and has held positions at the British School at Athens, the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge, where he was Research Director of the Illicit Antiquities Research Centre, and Stanford University’s Archaeology Center. Since February 2012 he has been Senior Research Fellow at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, at the University of Glasgow, where he is researching the criminology and economics of the antiquities market as part of the ERC-funded Trafficking Culture project. He has published widely on issues concerning the antiquities market, and was co-author (with Jennifer Doole and Peter Watson) of the report Stealing History commissioned by the Museums Association and ICOM-UK to advise upon the illicit trade in cultural material. He also co-edited Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities Trade (2006, with Morag M. Kersel, Christina Luke and Kathryn Walker Tubb), Illicit Antiquities: The Theft of Culture and the Extinction of Archaeology (2002, with Kathryn Walker Tubb), and Trade in Illicit Antiquities: The Destruction of the World’s Archaeological Heritage (2001, with Jennifer Doole and Colin Renfrew). He has worked on archaeological projects in the United Kingdom, Greece and Jordan, and continues to work in Greece
Independent Consultant and ICOMOS UK Representative
David M Lakin
David is a cultural heritage consultant with a background in archaeology. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology (MCIfA) and is employed by Ove Arup & Partners International, a leading Engineering and Consulting firm based in London. David undertakes assessment and strategy development work providing advice on the archaeological and cultural heritage implications of a range of projects, from urban regeneration and infrastructure to cultural strategies. He has been involved in large-scale infra-structure projects such as HS2.
Prior to taking up his present post with Arup David was a field archaeologist with the Museum of London and AOC Archaeology. David is a member of the CIfA special interest group for archives and helped to develop an archiving strategy for HS2.
David has been an Army Reservist since 1993.
A member of ICOM-UK Executive Committee and ICOMOS-ICORP (International Committee for Risk Preparedness). An accredited conservator and Fellow of the International Institute of Conservation, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, the Royal Society of Arts and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. An independent Preventive Conservator who has lectured on disaster planning and training for disasters at international conferences in Turkey, Georgia, Bhutan and Sweden and for the ICCROM ICWCT course, Norway. Member of the former DCMS Emergency Planning Training Group, she delivers training at the West Midlands Fire Academy on the Emergency Salvage Course run under the chairmanship of English Heritage and works with other major heritage organisations across the UK. An archaeological conservator at seasonal sites in the Middle East, 1983 – 2001. Fiona acted as Secretary for UK Blue Shield from its inception until she stepped down in October 2015.
Suzanna is a cultural heritage consultant, with a background in anthropology and archaeology. She is a Member of the Institute for Archaeology (MIfA), a Chartered Geographer and holds an MSc in GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology. She is employed by Ove Arup & Partners International, a leading Engineering and Consulting firm based in London. Suzanna undertakes assessment and strategy development work providing advice on the archaeological and cultural heritage implications of a range of projects, from urban regeneration and infrastructure to cultural strategies, and disaster planning and response. She has been involved in various large-scale infra-structure projects including Crossrail, the London Olympic Village, and the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
In 2011 Suzanna worked with an expert team of disaster consultants in Christchurch, NZ, advising on the cultural heritage aspects related to recovery and rebuilding of the city and was subsequently involved in a city reconstruction project for Christchurch. She has spoken on Woman and Inclusive Masterplanning at an event at the House of Lords, Westminster. Before moving to the UK, Suzanna was employed as a cultural heritage consultant in Australia. She was responsible for undertaking site assessments through field survey work, community engagement with Indigenous Traditional Owners, and providing input to rural and urban redevelopments with a focus on cultural heritage values. She is also an Army Reservist, with the Honorable Artillery Company (HAC) based in London.
Dr Nigel Pollard
Nigel Pollard is associate professor in the Department of History and Classics at Swansea University. He has worked as a field archaeologist in Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Italy and the UK over the last 30 years, was a staff member of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan, and has extensive experience of research in museum collections and archives. He has a particular current interest in the history of cultural property protection, especially archaeological sites in the Second World War and the work of the Allied ‘Monuments Men’, the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Sub-Commission.
Julian Radcliffe is the Chairman of the International Art and Antique Loss Register Ltd. He graduated with an MA from Oxford in Politics and Economics and joined Hogg Robinson as a Lloyd’s insurance broker in 1970.He started Investment Insurance as the leading political risk broker in 1972 and still acts as an expert on major political risk claims such as Cuba, Indonesia, Russia and South America.He founded Control Risks in 1976 to specialise in international risk management including kidnap negotiations and became a Director of Hogg Group Plc, a leading Lloyd’s broker. He initiated the Art Loss Register in 1990 as an initiative of the Insurance industry and Art trade to reduce the theft of and trade in stolen art and became the majority shareholder in 2004. He is also Chairman of The Equipment Register which undertakes the same task for stolen construction equipment.He has acted as an expert witness in major international fraud, political risk, negligence and art theft court cases. He served as a Colonel in the Ministry of Defence and was awarded the OBE in 1999 and the QVRM in 2004.Recently he has supervised some 50 Art Loss Register recoveries including the return of the Hooke manuscripts for the Royal Society, missing since 1662, the seizure of the pictures stolen from the Bakwin collection, valued at £18m, and many cases for Lloyd’s and other insurers including recently a Klee, Dufy, Alma Tadema and Gerome. He wrote the forward to “Stolen” published by Madison Press Books in 2008 and has contributed articles such as Ethical Issues – The Art Trade and Stolen Art, Under Duress – Art and Extortion, Attitudes to Art Crime – The Romantic versus the Realist. He collects early English Watercolours and Old Master drawings.
Bijan Rouhani is a conservation architect and cultural heritage consultant. His field of interest is reducing risks to heritage sites, especially in times of armed conflict and natural disasters. He is an expert member of ICOMOS International Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP), and a member of the UK Blue Shield Committee.
In 2010, he obtained his PhD in Conservation of Architectural Heritage form La Sapienza, the University of Rome, Italy. His research was on International Principles for the Protection of Cultural Heritage during Armed Conflict, and he has carried out case studies in Lebanon and Kosovo. Since the launch of ICCROM’s international courses on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict, Bijan has been collaborating with ICCROM for teaching in these courses. Since 2011, he is coordinating the activities of ICOMOS’ working group for the protection of Syria’s cultural heritage during the on-going armed conflict in the country. He is the coordinator of ICOMOS-ICCROM e-learning courses for Syrian cultural heritage professionals. He has worked with War Free World Heritage Listed Cities programme, funded by the EU. He has also collaborated with Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization and the Italian Superior Institute for Conservation and Restoration (ISCR). In 2014 he was elected Vice President of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP).