Edinburgh World Heritage - Staff




Waseem Albahri Grants Assistant

Waseem joined the team in March 2017 and is responsible for promoting the Conservation Funding Programme at Edinburgh World Heritage. He holds a BArch in Architecture from the Arab International University in Syria and completed a Masters in Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh. Waseem is a member of Heritage for Peace NGO which helps to safeguarding Syria's cultural heritage. He previously worked with Durham World Heritage and practiced architecture at Rukn al-Handasa and Gilberts Architects.

Contact: waseem@ewht.org.uk (0131 220 7729)


Alan Braidwood - International Project Officer

Alan joined the EWH team in September 2017. He brings seventeen years of international experience supporting diverse projects primarily in Engineering and Education in both public and private sectors. He has a Degree in Engineering and is a professional Project Manager having worked for the UK MOD, Australian Government in Canberra, managed international clinical trials based in Montreal, and as a Teaching Manager for the South Korean government. Currently, he is working on EWH's international projects focusing on delivering a project in Southern Turkey to repair damaged buildings and return them to public use.

Contact: Alan.Braidwood@ewht.org.uk (0131 220 7722)


Stuart Buchanan – Communications Officer

Stuart joined the team in April 2017 as a communications officer. His responsibilities are to build awareness of Edinburgh World Heritage in the city and beyond, and to deliver leadership levels of positive news coverage which accurately capture the organisation's vision, mission and strategic key messages. This sees him extending the reach and impact of the social media and digital channels, improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the website, and providing support for advocacy activities with a range of key stakeholders.

Contact: stuart@ewht.org.uk (0131  220 7728)


Susan Buckham – Graveyards Development Officer

Susan is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Stirling and specialises in the interdisciplinary study of historic graveyards. Drawing on 20 years of experience in graveyard recording, conservation, research and interpretation, Susan’s knowledge and skills span graveyard history and development, conservation good practice, and the policy and legislation relevant to burial ground management and protection. As Chair of the Death in Scotland Conference Committee, Susan works to raise awareness of and accelerate interest in multi-disciplinary research into Scottish death studies.  Susan holds a PhD from the University of York where she studied in the Archaeology Department. As Carved Stones Adviser at Archaeology Scotland, Susan led a Historic Scotland-funded project to promote best practice in graveyard conservation, management and recording. She is a former Director of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland.

Contact:  susanbuckham@ewht.org.uk (0131  220 7721)


Krzysztof Chuchra International Programme Project Manager

Krzysztof joined EWH in August 2008 and is responsible for development and management of the international programme. He leads a portfolio of international projects and partnerships involving local and international stakeholders specialising in city management. His programme is designed to grow Edinburgh’s international profile as well as capacity of EWH and its stakeholders in the areas of policy making, heritage management, cultural diplomacy, professional skills development and education. In his previous roles he worked for the City of Edinburgh Council as Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site Coordinator responsible for the review of the Management Plan; EWH Urban Analyst charged with influencing the local planning policy framework; and Production Coordinator for a large furniture manufacturer in Poland. Krzysztof holds an MA in Politics and MSc in Town Planning – European Urban Conservation.

Contact: krzysztofjanchuchra@ewht.org.uk (0131 220 7720)


Nicholas Hotham – Head of External Relations

Nicholas joined the team in January 2016 and is responsible for promoting the Edinburgh World Heritage site to a broad range of residents, stakeholders and visitors. He holds an MA in History and Art History from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in International Heritage Management from the Ironbridge International Institute, University of Birmingham. His previous roles have included Communications Director for Procter & Gamble International based in Geneva, Switzerland and Marketing Director for Procter & Gamble UK and Ireland, based in Weybridge, Surrey. His duties include overseeing all of Edinburgh World Heritage’s fundraising, membership and external stakeholder relations as well as guiding it’s media and digital outreach activities.

Contact: nicholashotham@ewht.org.uk (0131 220 7735)


Fiona MacDonald Conservation Architect and Grants Manager

Fiona joined Edinburgh World Heritage as Conservation Architect in 2000. She qualified as an architect in 1983 and was accredited in building conservation by the RIAS in 1999 and at the advanced level in 2003. She was a Senior Associate and Team Leader with Simpson and Brown Architects and in 1996 she was seconded to Historic Scotland to lead the project for the restoration of Argyll’s Lodging in Stirling. Since joining EWH Fiona has worked closely with the proprietors and professionals on grant-aided schemes of improvement and repair. She also established a series of technical seminars to promote good practice and raise standards. Fiona manages EWH’s Conservation Funding Programme launched in Spring 2005 which targets resources to give maximum benefit to the World Heritage Site.  Fiona is a member of the IHBC and became a member of the RIAS Conservation Committee in 2014.

Contact: fionamacdonald@ewht.org.uk (0131 220 7726)


Kay Marwick Business & Office Manager

Kay joined the team in December 2016 as the Business & Office Manager. She oversees the smooth running of the office and provides administrative and organisational support to the Director and Board. Kay undertakes the role of Company Secretary, preparing agendas and papers for the AGM, meetings of the Board and Finance and General Purposes Committee and ensures that Edinburgh World Heritage complies with regulatory requirements, standards and best practice. She is also the first point of contact for HR and personnel matters and is responsible for the day-to-day control of the charity’s finances.

Contact: kaymarwick@ewht.org.uk (0131 220 7724)


Fiona Rankin World Heritage Site Project Manager

Fiona joined EWH as World Heritage Site Project Manager in 2009. She trained as an Architect at the University of Edinburgh and subsequently worked for a number of leading architectural practices, specialising in the survey, conservation, adaptation and regeneration of historic buildings and monuments. Fiona is responsible for the initiation and development of EWH’s own projects, working with the community, partners and stakeholders to deliver projects that conserve, enhance and interpret our historic built environment and public realm, ensuring that WHS issues and objectives are integrated into every scheme. She is also responsible for identifying new project opportunities for the future, preparing funding bids and sourcing additional income streams to make these possible.

Contact: fionarankin@ewht.org.uk (0131 220 7727)


Rosalee Ross - Membership & Fundraising Officer

Rosalee joined the Edinburgh World Heritage team in September 2017 as Membership and Fundraising Officer. She is responsible for co-ordinating and administering the corporate fundraising programme, the members’ subscriptions, and members’ programme of event and activities. Rosalee has an MA (hons) in French and Spanish and an MSc in Translation Studies from the University of Edinburgh and is currently combining her work at EWH with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Edinburgh.

Contact: rosalee.ross@ewht.org.uk (0131 220 7731)


Mary Stones Learning & Engagement Officer

Mary has been working in museums and heritage interpretation for 20 years. She has extensive experience of strategic planning and delivering learning and interpretation projects at heritage sites. Before joining Edinburgh World Heritage in February 2017, Mary worked with the National Trust for Scotland and was responsible for the development and delivery of the interpretation at the award-winning Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway. The focus of Mary’s role in the team is to increase understanding and awareness of Edinburgh’s World Heritage status and to create opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages to engage with the heritage that surrounds them in this unique city. Mary holds a BA (Hons) in Art and Architectural History and an MA in Museums Studies. She is a member of the Museums Association and the Association for Heritage Interpretation.

Contact: marystones@ewht.org.uk (0131 220 7723)


Adam Wilkinson – Director

EWH’s Director since April 2008, Adam is an acknowledged expert in the sustainable management of historic cities. He is responsible for providing executive leadership and overall management of EWH, its staff and other organisational and financial resources and for developing EWH’s national and international networks and partnerships. In Edinburgh he has championed in the integrated approach to heritage management through the work of the EWH team in conservation, learning and advocacy. He brings a broad knowledge of UK conservation policy and architectural history, and an understanding of the international preservation scene through his previous roles as Secretary of SAVE Britain’s Heritage. Prior to this he worked for a short stint in Paris for UNESCO’s Division of Cultural Heritage. He sits on the Council of Europa Nostra, the pan-European heritage federation and has non-executive roles with a number of UK based heritage NGOs. Adam holds an MA in Medieval History and Russian Language and an MSc in Historic Conservation.

Contact: adamwilkinson@ewht.org.uk (0131 220 7725)

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