COTAC Trustees sought – Notes of interest by 15 November 2018

logoCOTAC, the Council on Training in Architectural Conservation, seeks trustees to work alongside COTAC’s newly appointed Honorary Secretary, Michael Netter, and Honorary Treasurer John Copping, with a closing date of 15 November for receipt of notes of interest, CV and a brief application statement at

COTAC Chair Ingval Maxwell OBE said: ‘COTAC continues to seek new voluntary Trustees to strengthen its governance. The organisation is also in the process of updating its next five year Corporate and Business Plan and further announcements on this initiative will be made in due course.’

‘COTAC’s 21st century role is no less critical than that of its past. New technologies, including aspirations to low carbon retrofit, demanded energy efficiencies and emerging digital innovations such as BIM, can too easily obscure the need for a core understanding of traditional materials and how to approach historic structures with a finely honed set of skills. Additional voluntary assistance to help in addressing the issues would be warmly welcomed.’

COTAC writes:

The Council on Training in Architectural Conservation (COTAC) originated in 1959 in response to the need to create training and educational resources for practitioners involved in repairing and conserving historic buildings and churches. Based in the Building Crafts College (BCC), Stratford, London, COTAC has since persistently and influentially worked to lift standards, develop qualifications and build networks across the conservation, repair and maintenance (CRM) industry sector. This involves enabling the pan-professional Edinburgh Group and working in partnership with national agencies, standard setting bodies, educational establishments and training interests.

To assist in continuing with this work, COTAC is currently seeking volunteers to appoint as Trustees.

A core annual programme consists of at least two meetings (c. 2-hours plus travel time), generally held in London at the Building Crafts College, although additional meetings may be called for. These may be peripatetic, travelling to other parts of the UK, depending upon business needs. The total time commitment for each position is estimated at 7-8 days per annum. The two positions are non-remunerated, although reasonable expenses will be refunded on the production of receipted claims.

To register interest to become a COTAC Trustee, please submit your note of interest in the form of a brief application statement highlighting relevant previous experience, an understanding of the role requirements, and a short CV to by 15 November 2018. 

Details of COTAC’s activities can be found at and

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