Carmarthenshire County Council’s Built Heritage Team is going from strength to strength. We have nearly reached our full complement of staff and are continuing to develop our Tywi Centre training programme to support all owners and custodians of the county’s historic buildings. Let me introduce you to the team.
Matt Pyart is our newest Built Heritage Officer and joins us from Pembrokeshire. Matt started out his career as a built heritage officer in Carmarthenshire – and it is great to be able to welcome him back. James Yeandle has been a Built Heritage Officer with Carmarthenshire for over 12 years so has a great wealth of knowledge on the historic buildings of the county. Both Matt and James and will be responsible for supporting you with pre-application advice and assessing your applications for listed building consent. Joe Moriarty, the newest member of our team, is the Monitoring and Enforcement Officer: Planning and Built Heritage. He has worked with the team as a consultant trainer for some years so is very knowledgeable about historic building methods and materials. In his new role he will be working with James and Matt to ensure that any work to both listed buildings and those in Conservation Areas is undertaken using appropriate methods and materials and with the right consents in place.
Helena Burke is our Skills and Projects Officer. She has been at the Tywi Centre since 2008 coordinating volunteers and running the Tywi Centre traditional skills bursary programmes. Her role enables all those working on or being responsible for historic buildings to benefit from Tywi Centre training and education, much of it grant funded.
Tom Duxbury is our Training and Assessment Officer. Tom has worked as a heritage carpenter, as surveyor, as a conservation officer and as a trainer, lecturer and assessor. He has a great depth of knowledge and experience in relation to traditional buildings and is currently our primary course tutor.
Nell Hellier is the Senior Built Heritage Officer and coordinates the Built Heritage Service for Carmarthenshire. Her role is to ensure that appropriate care, repair and protection of the buildings of Carmarthenshire is undertaken, and that the custodians of those buildings are supported in delivering that care.
The Tywi Centre supports the statutory built heritage services delivered in Carmarthenshire, but it also delivers training and education to interested audiences from across Wales. If there is an old building that you are responsible for and intend to undertake repair work on it, do get in touch and we may well be able to offer you some training, support or advice.