The Urban Design and Conservation Team is the archaeology, conservation, heritage, interpretation, urban design, public art and historic building service of the City Council. The team members are involved in;

  • caring for the city's listed buildings, scheduled monuments and conservation areas
  • managing its ancient monuments and heritage assets
  • maintaining its archaeological records, developing its heritage and ensuring that the historic environment is a vital part of the regeneration of the city.

Staff profiles and contact details

Ian Ayris, Team Manager

Phone: 0191 2777190

  • Responsible for and manages the Historic Environment Section
  • Responsible for ensuring that conservation, historic buildings and archaeology are a high priority of the Council
  • Deals with strategic issues and co-ordinates major projects and reports
  • Provides advice and assistance to all the Tyne and Wear Districts on any issues to do with the  industrial heritage of the area

Jennifer Morrison, Tyne and Wear Archaeology Officer

Phone: 0191 2116218

  • Examine planning applications throughout Tyne and Wear to determine whether they are archaeologically sensitive and recommend where works are required
  • Responsible for the management and development of the Tyne & Wear Historic Environment Record
  • Recommend where archaeology might be found or disturbed by proposed building or development.
  • Help members of the public, schoolchildren and students who have questions about the archaeology of Tyne and Wear

Fiona Cullen, Heritage Specialist

Phone: 0191 2777192

  • Promotes the conservation, enhancement and enjoyment of the city's heritage and historic environment
  • Administers and manages conservation grant schemes
  • Prepares policy documents and informative literature
  • Provides guidance and advice to owners and occupiers on appropriate works to Grade II listed and other unlisted buildings in the Central Conservation Area
  • Provides general built heritage conservation guidance and advice to internal City Council departments and external organisations
  • Co-ordinates heritage events such as Heritage Open Days

Katie Rowe (maternity cover for Charlotte Coyne) and Simon Parkin, Historic Environment Officers

Phone: Katie 0191 2115625 and Simon 0191 2115626
E-mail: and

  • Advise on proposals relating to listed and locally listed buildings, non-listed buildings within Conservation Areas, and proposals within Historic Parks and Gardens
  • Responsible for preparing, surveying and monitoring of Heritage Assets at Risk
  • Undertake reviews of the Local List of buildings, structures, parks, gardens and open spaces
  • Simon also administers the Commemorative Plaque Scheme and develops heritage interpretation/projects
Page last updated: 
28 January 2019
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