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)


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 has six years of experience as an urban analyst, specialising in planning, heritage and city management.  He holds an MA in Politics, specialising in social policy and urban regeneration, as well as an MSc in European Urban Conservation (town planning).  During his first two years of work at Edinburgh World Heritage, he was responsible for the organisation's input in the planning system.  As the Council's acting World Heritage Site Coordinator for Edinburgh, he was charged with co-ordinating the review of the WHS management plan and the development of the action plan for the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.  Currently, he is responsible for EWH's international profile, as well as the development and management of international projects and relations, mainly through European networks.  He also manages EWH's Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.

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


Pat Graczyk - Sustainability Officer

Pat joined the team in August 2016 and is responsible for running sustainability projects within the Edinburgh World Heritage site.  She holds an MSc in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh.  In the past, Pat has worked with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and spent four months with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change prior to the COP21 conference in Paris.  Her previous employment was Environmental Projects Manager with the renewable energy procurement company in London.  Her duties involve delivering a series of projects as part of the Climate Challenge Fund grant award, raising awareness and engaging residents of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site in sustainability and energy efficiency topics.

Contact:  pat@ewht.org.uk (0131 220 7733)


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)


Alison Morris – Projects Officer

Alison joined EWH as World Heritage Site Project Officer in May 2015, on a year’s secondment from the City of Edinburgh Council where her work included coordinating delivery of the Royal Mile Project and supporting restoration of At Risk historic buildings. Alison works with Fiona Rankin on the development and delivery of EWH’s own projects to conserve monuments and to restore and enhance public spaces within the World Heritage Site. She has an MA(Hons) in Architectural History, an MSc in Spatial Planning, and is also currently studying for a MSc in Building Conservation.

Contact:  alisonmorris@ewht.org.uk (0131 220 7734)


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)


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

Adam was appointed Director in April 2008. 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. He holds an MA in Medieval History and Russian Language and an MSc in Historic Conservation. 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 the campaigning charity SAVE Britain’s Heritage and its sister organisation SAVE Europe’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. Adam is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

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


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