We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Newman, a SPAB fellow and award-winning stone mason, as the new Stone Project Manager.
Ben comes with in-depth practical knowledge of all aspects of stone masonry and has excellent management skills having been the Site Manager for prestigious conservation projects at the Palace of Westminster amongst many others. Other notable projects Ben has worked on include; The City of London Cemetery, Harrods, Selfridges, St Pancras Station, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Brighton Pavilion and The Queen Victoria Memorial.
Demonstrating his passion and commitment to training, Ben sits on the Education and Training Committee at SPAB as a Fellow Member and on the Craft Training Committee for the Worshipful Company of Masons of which he is also a member.
Matthew Slocombe, SPAB director, commented; “The SPAB Fellowship equips Ben well for the varied and important projects that Cliveden Conservation is known for. We’re delighted that he’ll be taking on this new role and putting the SPAB Approach into practice.”
Ben was Highly Commended for The Duke of Gloucester’s Award for Project Mason of the Year 2009 and is proud to have been involved with other award-winning conservation projects including Eric Parry Architects’ renewal of St Martin-in-the-Fields which won the Europa Nostra Award in 2010.
In his new role Ben will join Ben Roberts in the Stone Section to ensure that a high level of quality workmanship, compliance and professionalism is carried out for each project. As an expert stone mason Ben will also be teaching stone carving skills in-house and to the wider industry through training programmes and CPD.
“Ben’s practical skills, conservation sensitivities and management experience are a perfect fit for the Stone Project Manager role. We are very lucky to have him onboard working with Ben Roberts. Using their combined experience they will build upon the success of the Stone Section as Cliveden Conservation enters a new exciting phase for 2020. We are also very proud to now have three SPAB Fellows as part of our team.” says Lewis Proudfoot, Director of Cliveden Conservation.