10th October | Communicating with World Heritage, Europe and the UNESCO Family

Paul Simons | Great Spas of Europe | UNESCO Project

paul_simonsPaul trained as an architect in London and specialised in historic building projects. He was an SPAB Lethaby Scholar and originally practiced in Bristol.

He has been Project Director at sites in Derbyshire (Cromford Mills), Bristol (Brunel’s Bristol Old Station) and Bath (Bath Spa Project). He is a founding Director of McCurdy & Co., which specialise in the conservation of historic timber structures and who built the replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. He was the first Director of the Chiltern Open Air Museum.

He has been Director of Tourism in Bristol, Norwich and Bath and during his time in Bath became Chairman of the British Spas Federation and a Vice-President of the European Spas Association (ESPA). In 1998 he established a project team to regenerate the historic thermal baths  which had not been used since the 1970’s. As Project Director he was responsible for the project concept, financing, design team and project realisation. This is now the successful ‘Thermae Bath Spa’ which has become a flagship for urban regeneration.

Paul has worked as a consultant specialising in Spa, Heritage and Tourism development projects. He represents Bath as a founding member of EHTTA, the European Historic Thermal Towns Association, and is President of its Scientific Committee. EHTTA members are now also recognised by the Council of Europe’s as representing a ‘European Cultural Route’. He is a member of ICOMOS UK.

In 2013 he was appointed Secretary General of the ‘Great Spas of Europe UNESCO project’. This is a serial transnational nomination on the tentative list of seven State Parties representing eleven of the most important spa towns in Europe, including Bath. The aim is to submit the nomination to UNESCO in 2018.



Lizzie Glithero-West | Chief Executive | Heritage Alliance

LizzieGlitheroWestSince 2016, Lizzie Glithero-West has been Chief Executive of The Heritage Alliance – the UK’s biggest alliance of heritage interests  which acts as a powerful, effective and independent advocate for the heritage movement.

Lizzie’s previous career has been mainly in the civil service, initially with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister but since 2004 with the Department of Culture Media and Sport. She has expert knowledge of a wide range of policy areas including archaeology, heritage protection, gambling and tourism. Lizzie has also spent time as Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary, as Head of Logistics at DCMS at the time of the General Election, and on secondment to English Heritage and to the National Museum Directors’ Council. Lizzie’s first love is history and heritage. She has a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology from Oxford, and an MA in History of Art from Birkbeck. In 2014 she was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. In her spare time, Lizzie runs her own influential cultural education website.




Prof. Gabriel Cooney | University College Dublin

I am from Co. Louth, Ireland and both my parents’ families have strong roots there. Growing up by the sea provided an abiding interest in coastal areas and islands. One of the proudest moments in my career was delivering the address at the centenary celebrations of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society. My PhD (1987, UCD, National University of Ireland) was on prehistoric settlement patterns in North Leinster.

My career in UCD has been widened and enriched by short teaching engagements in other universities and sabbatical leave (UCD President’s Fellowship 1998-9; IRCHSS Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship 2004-5). I was appointed an Associate Professor in 1999, full professor in 2006 and Professor of Celtic Archaeology in 2008. The last decade has seen very significant changes and developments in archaeology in UCD. I served as Head of the Department in 2001-4, as interim director of the College of Arts and Celtic Studies Graduate School in 2005-6 and Head of School (2008-11).

I was the Academic Secretary for the sixth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6) held in Dublin in 2008 with over 1800 participants from around the world. I currently chair the Historic Monuments Council of Northern Ireland and I am member of the Heritage Council.