Sonya Linskaill – Manager
Sonya studied design before qualifying as an architect, and subsequently working for a number of years in private architectural practice. In 2004 Sonya gained an MSc in European Urban Conservation and in 2009 RIAS Accreditation in Conservation Architecture. Sonya joined the Trust in 2007 and has lead responsibility for the TBHC Scheme.
Steve Williams – Membership & Marketing Officer
Steve studied Media Studies and Psychology at University in Stirling. He is enthusiastic about Stirling’s heritage and the condition of the city’s traditional buildings. Steve has 20 years experience in marketing and has worked for local government, third sector and culture & heritage organisations previously.
Lindsay Lennie – TBHC Grant Manager
Lindsay is a Chartered Surveyor who has worked with the Stirling City Heritage Trust on a part-time consultancy basis since 2011. In 2001, Lindsay gained the RICS Postgraduate Diploma in Building Conservation and in 2006 was awarded a PhD in Building Conservation for her thesis, “The Conservation of Historic Shopfronts in Perth and Perthshire”. She has her own consultancy business, Historic Shop Conservation, which was established in 2009.
Lindsay is the TBHC Grant Manager and assesses all applications and is the first point of contact for all TBHC grant enquiries.
David Lindsay – Inspector
David trained as an architectural stone carver and worked for several stonemasonry companies before starting his own firm in 1990. David is a qualified conservation mason with considerable experience working within the heritage sector. He joined Stirling City Heritage Trust in April 2014.
Richard Groom – Inspector
It is with great sadness that Stirling City Heritage Trust announce the news that their Traditional Building Inspector, Richard Groom, passed away suddenly at home on the 13 February. Richard had been an integral part of the Traditional Building Health Check team since June 2016, bringing a background of over 25 years as an architectural stonecarver and teacher of stonemasonary and stonecarving in Edinburgh’s Telford College for over 10 years to the team.
Richard was always keen to share his knowledge of Stirling’s built heritage and had not only been involved in building inspections but also contributed to lectures and created resources for members and the general public. Richard helped building owners understand their buildings and how to repair them appropriately, with skilled contractors working safely. A fantastic guy to work with, he injected humour into the fairly dry subject of building repair and maintenance. There are many photographs of him with a smile on his face on Stirling’s roof tops.
His sculptural work includes a 23 foot long Floating Head commissioned for the Glasgow Garden Festival 1988 and his sculptural stone work has been sold through noted London galleries.
Richard also worked as the Traditional Building Skills Project Coordinator for CITB in Scotland, working closely with Historic Environment Scotland to raise awareness of the need to carry out repair and regular maintenance of traditional buildings and working towards a competent and qualified workforce. He was also convenor of the Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum.
Richard will be sorely missed by his colleagues at Stirling City Heritage Trust and those throughout the Heritage sector who have worked with him over the years. The thoughts of the staff and trustees are with his family at this time.