The BEAMS Team

Valerie Scott, BA (Hons), P.G. Dip., MA, Ph.D., Head of Conservation

Valerie was appointed Head of Conservation at Beams in March 2013, where she concentrates on appraisal of historic buildings and conservation areas. She is a former Historic Buildings Inspector and team leader at English Heritage, and also worked free-lance as a historic building adviser in London and the Cambridge area. She has advised on numerous high-grade listed buildings of all types, principally town and country houses, and on major projects in the historic environment. She has provided specialist advice to a wide range of local authorities, and has been an expert witness for English Heritage at public enquiries.

Studied History of Art at Oxford, and History of English Architecture at the Courtauld Institute of Art and University of Bristol


Helen Cal-Fernandez, BSc (Hons), MSc, Conservation Consultant

Since joining BEAMS in 2006 Helen has provided conservation advice to various Hertfordshire local authorities including Hertsmere, Stevenage, Broxbourne and East Hertfordshire. She has also prepared building at risk surveys, conservation area appraisals and management plans, house histories and historic building appraisals for local authorities and private clients.  She has detailed local knowledge of the county. A former conservator of stone and sculpture, she has specialist knowledge of the repair and conservation of stonework and building fabric.

Studied Heritage Conservation and Architectural Materials Conservation at Bournemouth University.


David Russell Craig, BArch, RIBA, Dip TP, Dip Bdg Sc, MRTPI, Urban Design & Conservation Consultant

A well known figure in Hertfordshire conservation with an encyclopaedic knowledge of historic buildings in the county. He worked in the Department of Architecture and Civic Design of the LCC and GLC before joining Hertfordshire County Council, where he was Head of the the Design, Landscape, Archaeology and Conservation Unit 1980-96.  He helped to establish BEAMS in 1993.

He has been Chairman of the Eastern Region of the RIBA and the Hertfordshire Association of Architects, Director of the SQ Environmental Trust and the Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust (1976 - 1999), Vice Chairman of ARCUK (Architects Registration Council of the UK), a Council Member of the RIBA and Member of the CNAA (Council for National Academic Awards) Architecture Board 1976-1980.  He is a contributor to Pevsner’s Buildings of England, Hertfordshire, and JT Smith's English Houses 1200 – 1800: The Hertfordshire Evidence.

Studies Architecture at the University of Liverpool School of Architecture, Town Planning at Regent Street Polytechnic, and Building Science at the University of Liverpool Department of Engineering.


Emma Lauze, B.A (Hons), P.G.Dip., M.A., Conservation Consultant

Emma joined Beams in 2014 and focuses on the appraisal of historic buildings for local authorities and private clients, as well as statutory conservation advice. She has a specialist knowledge of British Architecture having previously worked for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art for many years. She also has in depth experience with archives both as a user and as a conservator.

Studied History at Oxford and History of Architecture at The Courtauld Institute of Art and Archival Administration at Aberystwyth.


Anne Haworth BA (Hons) Administrator

Anne is responsible for invoicing BEAMS clients and is often the first to respond to enquiries.  Her principal work is for the Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust, fund-raising, and managing Place House Hall, Ware.