Below is only a small selection of the great group of people and partners who are making our Kingsley Hall Heritage project happen!

The Heritage Youth Board (HYB) is a group of young people from across Bristol, including those supported by 1625 Independent people, young volunteers and students; full of historians and creatives. The HYB plays a key role in developing the Kingsley Hall Heritage Project including testing the Activity Plan, creating roles and training programmes, consulting on the design of the building and the inclusion of heritage interpretation. They work hard to ensure young people’s voice is present across the project, as representatives, advocates and consultants. They value equity and empathy and believe in welcoming and empowering spaces.


Jamie has 27 years of experience delivering, developing and managing services for care leavers, young people who offend and young homeless people. He led Priority Youth Housing in South Gloucestershire between 2000 and 2009, before being appointed as Service Improvement Director and then Partnership Director for 1625 Independent People.

Jamie’s current role includes developing new services, approaches and partnerships in response to young people’s strengths and needs, working in partnership with other organisations in the public, voluntary, education and business sectors. He has initiated a range of innovative services and approaches for care leavers and young people who offend, including the award-winning Future 4 Me project and more recently Reboot West.

Jamie contributes to a range of groups in the region, including Chairing South Gloucestershire’s Youth Housing Partnership and as a Trustee of CVS South Gloucestershire. Previously Jamie was a Board Member of Merlin Housing Society.

Grace Swordy : Senior Heritage Activities Coordinator, 1625 Heritage Participation and Learning Team

Grace joined 1625 in 2022 working in the participation and learning team and started as the Senior Heritage Activities Coordinator in Spring 2023. She has been designing and delivering activities, workshops and training and overseeing researchers, apprentices, and trainees. Grace has been working to find which projects are most exciting and useful for young people and overseeing their accessibility and inclusivity.

Grace’s previous roles have included coordinating the Bristol part of an NHLF Project; History Of Place, (also with young people and communities in Old Market,) running alternative education projects, community theatre facilitation, and youth work across the South West and London, and creative education in Barcelona.

Grace is interested in offering ways in for people to explore challenging ideas in safe and creative environments and projects that empower participants to engage with hidden histories.

Keran Brady : Team Leader Participation and Volunteering, 1625 Heritage Participation and Learning Team

Keran has worked for 1625 since 2022. She has extensive experience in Education both teaching and community as well as, too many years to mention, experience in youth and community arts facilitation, development and coordination.

Her role in the Heritage project allows her to develop and share skills for co-development and facilitation.  She is excited to be developing work in the Heritage and local history field, all of which is new and again is learning a great deal about Bristol from. Working in classrooms, alongside young people, is always a real privilege and she said “I learn something new every session and am in awe of the young people I work with both from 1625 and within the classrooms.”

Amy Hook : Heritage Participation and Engagement Worker, 1625 Heritage Participation and Learning Team

Amy’s role on the heritage project focuses on getting young people involved in all things heritage!

She supports young people to engage in the range of activities and opportunities we have on offer and helps plan and facilitate different sessions, from the Heritage Youth Board to creative workshops. She loves working alongside the inspiring young people who are directly shaping and developing the project.

She has a background in youth work and has worked for youth organisations in Bristol, Sheffield and Manchester supporting young people around wellbeing and criminal exploitation.

Amy is fascinated about Kingsley Hall’s history of social action and loves using history in a way that inspires young people.

Bradley Turner : Business Development Apprentice

Bradley is the Business Development Apprentice here at 1625. Bradley’s role is to ensure that our young people’s voices are heard!

Bradley plays a key role in our Heritage project by engaging with our young people through various activities they do whilst gathering the young people thoughts and ideas to then help integrate that into the Business plan. Bradley is inspired by his work with young people and is so eager to keep helping.

Previously, Bradley has been a chef in Bristol (where he was born) for 6 years cooking with many different chefs and cuisines.

Gwendolen Powell : Activity Planning Consultant, TDR Heritage Ltd.

Gwendolen, an experienced Heritage Consultant and interpretation developer with over 20 years in arts and culture, specialises in developing engaging heritage experiences.

She specialises in co-curating content with audiences and supporting community projects.

Currently, she works as a Project Assurance Officer for Historic England’s Everyday Heritage Grants scheme, advising organisations on co-curated programs.

Gwendolen, PRINCE2 accredited, as Associate Director for Tricolor Associates, has a 100% success rate in NLHF grant applications. She prioritises audience-centric engagement and has managed diverse exhibitions nationwide, often in historic settings.

Notable projects include ACE-funded exhibitions and activity plans for various councils and organisations. She conducts audience consultations and evaluations, vital for NLHF project development, demonstrating her commitment to ensuring engagement outcomes align with project goals.

Finella Devitt : Business Planning Consultant, Iridescence Consulting

Finella’s consultancy practice Iridescence supports organisations develop exciting plans for growth. She’s working with the 1625 team and young people to research income streams for the project and develop a compelling business case worthy of significant investment.

Before setting up her consultancy, Finella was Chief Executive of the House for an Art Lover, a Charles Rennie Mackintosh attraction and Centre of Excellence for Art and Design and then Chief Executive of Loch Lomond Shores, a £60m National Park-based development.

Finella was previously Board Observer for Collage Arts – a creative industries incubator in London supporting young people; she also helped to set up Pepper Street Foundation which developed creative projects to support immigrant communities in East London. Prior to this she worked in international brand marketing.

Caroline Taylor : Fundraising Consultant, Caroline Taylor Consulting Ltd

Caroline Taylor runs her own heritage consulting business working with arts and heritage organisations and museums. She specialises in developing and implementing fundraising strategies for projects, usually when they want to undertake repairs or make major improvements that help save old buildings that demonstrate and sell to funders where, why and how their investments can be transformational in creating better places for people to live, work and spend time in.

Caroline is pleased to be involved with the Kingsley Hall project as she is interested in the power of community assets like this in providing a wider cultural and social good.

Caroline is particularly interested in social enterprises as a route to help mental health and well-being and as ways for communities to improve their life chances focusing on making the lived experience a valuable lever to bring funding to create meaningful change.

Mike Cox : Childs Sulzmann Architects

Childs Sulzmann Architects are an exemplary practice with a reputation for award winning design.

Mike joined Childs Sulzmann in 2012 and was appointed director in 2016. Mike plays a significant role in creative design within the practice and has been lead designer on many high-profile projects such as the Engine Shed which was awarded the CIOB South West Built Environment Heritage Award, and was commended by Ed Vaisey, Minister for Culture, as a “brilliant transformation of this historic building”.

Mike was a prize-winning undergraduate from the University of Bath and spent a year working in the USA before obtaining a master’s in architecture and Urban Design from the University of West of England where he was nominated for the prestigious RIBA President’s Silver Medal Award in 2011 and received the RIBA Wessex Prize for Best Bachelor of Architecture Design Project.

Ashley Davies : Conservation Architect

Ashley is an Architect and an RIBA-accredited Specialist Conservation Architect, with 30 years’ experience, who has designed, acquired funding for, specified and delivered dozens of heritage-led projects, for grade I, II* & II listed buildings and Scheduled Monuments.  This has involved their careful and sensitive repair, restoration, adaptation and, in some case, intervention.

In the last 15 years, Ashley has also researched and written over 130 Historic Building Reports for over 85 historic buildings/sites.

Ashley is a member of the RIBA Conservation Register National Steering Group; is a Supporter of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation; has twice been the conservation specialist on the RIBA Regional Architecture awards panel; has lectured in ‘Conservation Principles’ at University; has presented at conferences on the theme of building conservation; and has appeared on a few television programmes talking about his passion for restoring historic buildings.

Clarkebond Engineering Services : Structural Engineering

Clarkebond is a UK based award-winning engineering consultancy, with a distinguished 75-year history and an outstanding reputation. They have completed a broad range of engineering projects for industry, developers and governments across the world.

Their vision is to engineer outstanding solutions for community and place. They pride themselves on leading the way to develop innovative answers to challenging problems.

Box Twenty : MEP/Sustainability Engineering

Box Twenty Consulting Engineers are an award winning team of passionate, high calibre building services design consultants. They create technically excellent solutions for their clients’ projects.

They have the experience and confidence to ask “why?” and to challenge ideas to help our clients achieve their vision and aspirations. They cover projects across the construction sector at all stages of the design process in the South West, London and further afield.

Their projects include historic and listed building conversions, student, private and affordable residential, commercial office refurbishments, defence estate upgrades, light industrial, laboratory and education projects.

Gleeds : Cost Consultancy

Gleeds is a world-class independent property and construction consultancy with over 135 years’ experience.

Their vision is to create a business that attracts the very best clients, projects and people in the industry.

Hydrock Consulting Ltd : Fire Safety Engineering

As a leading British-owned engineering design, energy and sustainability consultancy, Hydrock Consulting Ltd brings sustainable solutions to major infrastructure projects and landmark buildings. They create places that inspire, respect the environment, and deliver value for users, owners and investors.

They think positively, creatively, sustainably and commercially about the built environment.

Demonstrating this forward-looking approach, they analysed the opportunity for recycling waste heat from edge data centres into community district heating schemes and they’ve stressed the opportunities offered by vertical farming in the context of a re-imagined high street.

Catherine Kemp : Overall Project Manager

Catherine is overall project manager for the Kingsley Hall Heritage Project, overseeing the development of the NLHF Round 2 bid.

Catherine is a qualified heritage professional with 10 years’ experience in the historic environment sector.

Her career includes 4 years working for the Heritage Lottery Fund where she advised over 500 applicants, from local authorities to grass-roots initiatives, on projects valued £3,000 to £9 million. She subsequently moved to the Churches Regeneration Trust where she project managed a £2.4m repair and regeneration project to a grade I listed former church.

She has also worked as a project manager for the National Trust and most recently as the programme manager for High Street Heritage Action Zones – a £95m flagship programme for Historic England.

Paul Chappell : PHD Property Advisory Limited

Paul is an experienced Chartered Building Surveyor who has been living and working in Bristol for over 19 years.

Paul leads Building Advisory Services for PHD, providing construction and property advice for clients across the UK.

Throughout his career, Paul has enjoyed working with a wide range of clients. These include those in the education, commercial and industrial sectors. As a chartered surveyor Paul has worked in Washington DC, and throughout Europe advising clients across a range of property issues.

Paul’s career started at Bucknall Austin, (now RLB) before he moved to KPMG and spent 5 years in the Real Estate Advisory Team. After leaving KPMG, Paul worked briefly for Watts, before joining Mace in 2016 as Regional Director to start their Building Surveying Team in the South West.

Tom Dewhurst : Construction Project Manager, PHD Property Advisory Limited

Tom is a Chartered Building Surveyor with nearly 10 years’ experience working in the construction industry, having previously worked as an Associate Director Building Surveyor for Mace. He’s an NEC Accredited Project Manager and NEC Accredited Supervisor, with strong skills and experience in project delivery, as well as surveying and professional services across private, commercial and public sectors.

Luke Martin : Senior Project Manager, Socius Development

Luke is a Senior Project Manager for mixed-use developer Socius. Based in Bristol, he is at the forefront of the £215 million redevelopment of Soapworks. This ambitious project is set to offer 180,000 sq ft of flexible workspace, 243 new Build-to-Rent homes, and space for independent retailers, along with Bristol’s inaugural purpose-built food hall, enriching the city’s culinary and retail landscape.


Luke is also a key member of the project team for the London Cancer Hub, tasked with creating a sustainable district dedicated to excellence in cancer research. This initiative aims to establish a new ecosystem that includes laboratories, research and development facilities, commercial spaces, and essential amenities and accommodation. This development is designed to draw leading researchers and scientists from across the globe, fostering the acceleration of innovative cancer treatments.