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Mr Trevor Francis MSc, M.R.I.C.S, M.C.I.O.B, M. B. Eng, P.G. Diploma; Dip.
Tel: +44 (0) 1792 4114702
- Programme Director – MSc Facilities Management,
- Senior Lecturer on Built and Natural Environment Programmes.
- Development of new awards in Surveying, Architecture, Property and Heritage.
Highly experienced lecturer, academic and practitioner who is passionate with regards the effective design and ongoing management of quality buildings, as a lecturer, researcher and practitioner.
- The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors,
- The Chartered Institute of Building,
- The Chartered Association of Building Engineers.
- Construction Technology
- Building Pathology
- Building Surveying
- Architectural Design
- Heritage and Conservation Skills
- Historic Buildings.
Undertaking primary research that links ‘Facilities Management’ and ‘Conservation principles’ – in the sustainable care of large heritage buildings and estates. This is being prepared for submission for a Doctorate.
Topics of specific research interest include:
- Sustainable Architecture
- Heritage and Historic Buildings
- Building Conservation
- Traditional Buildings
- Urban Regeneration
- Facilities Management (with a specific focus on the use and reuse of traditional and historic buildings)
- Expert Witness who has presented evidence involving legal cases for and to the Court’s within the fields of Building defects and workmanship.
- Thirty plus years experience of designing, specifying managing and surveying buildings.
- CDM Coordinator.
- Extensive experience of both modern highly serviced structures as well as non-traditional and traditional properties whilst working for public, private and third sector organisations.
- Consultant within the areas of Architectural Conservation, Facilities and Building Surveying.
Prepared and delivered numerous short courses on topics that include:
- Building Regulation - Updates
- Stock Condition Surveys
- Repairs Reporting; Technical Repairs , latent and patent defects
- Domestic Building Construction
- Tenant Capacity Building
- Facilities Management
These events have been delivered to audiences of practitioners across the UK and coordinated by many of the leading professional bodies including CIOB, CIH, Care and Repair (Cymru); as well as organisations such as the: Ministry of Defence, University Commercial Services etc. These seminars have been delivered to staff delegates (at all levels of management)
Francis, T. 2012, The Cost of Poor Design – ‘If God is in the details, why is so much of it badly executed?’ The National conference on Urban Design, The Value of Urban Design, Oxford Said Business School,/ Oxford Brookes University. 20th of October, 2012. Conference address.
Francis, T. 2012. ‘Repairing and Reusing old Buildings’. CIOB Swansea Centre, CPD and AGM event, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea.
Francis, T. 2012 . ‘New uses and new business activities within old buildings’, Facilities Management, Property Conference and Energy Summit, Global Business Events, The Celtic Manor, Newport, April 17th, 2012. Presentations made to many of the FM Directors of leading UK Businesses (300 senior director level delegates attended).
Francis, T. 2012. ‘Built in Wales’, Invited speaker Traditional Building Craft Skills in Wales Summit. Presentation made to leading UK based conservation organisations including: Welsh Government Ministers, WAG, Welsh Local Authorities, CADW, Historic Scotland, English Heritage, The National Trust, Construction Skills, HLF etc .March 22nd 2012, Caerphilly Castle.
Francis, T. 2011, ‘What is to become of the Welsh House?’, New Light on Vernacular Architecture Studies in Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man, University of Liverpool, Centre for Manx studies, Douglas Isle of Man, June 2011. Also invited to chair one of the conference sessions.
Francis, T. Littlewood. J., Geens, A. 2011 Assessing the effectiveness of maintenance practice in caring for historic buildings’ Association of Researchers in Construction Management Annual Conference (ARCOM) September 2011, University of the West of England, Bristol.
Francis, T. 2011. ‘Rebuilding the Welsh House, CIOB Haverfordwest, CPD presentation, The Mariner’s Hotel. April 2011.
Formal Presentations made to Asset Skills practitioner delegates at events in Swansea and in Cardiff 2012-13
Francis, T., Geens, A. Littlewood, J.,2010 . Is Facilities Management Fundamental to the Conservation of Heritage Buildings and their Contents? Association of Researchers in Construction Management Annual Conference (ARCOM) September 2010.Leeds Metropolitan University.
Francis, T. 2010. ‘Managing Maintenance – Does Anybody dare to Care?’ in Green Building Maintenance Conference, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, April 2010.Organisers and Sponsors: UWIC, The National Home Improvement Council, The National Trust, CIOB etc
Francis, T., Geens, A. Littlewood, J., 2010. ‘Why we must care for the Building, if we are to care for the Contents?’ In: 5th F.A.T. Research Students Workshop, University of Glamorgan, 4th February 2010.
Francis, T., Geens, A. Littlewood, J., ‘Learning from the Past: Performance Characteristics of Heritage Buildings.’In: Translating Sustainable Design into Sustainable Construction,-.Design Detailing in Architecture 2, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Cardiff, UK, September 2009.
Francis, T.,2009. Management of Historic Buildings: ‘Facilities Managing Heritage Buildings
and their Contents’. Quarry Bank Mills, Wilmslow, Cheshire, in conjunction with CIOB, National Trust and IHBC,
October 4th, 2009. RICS designated spokesperson – Western-Mail newspaper, on the potential impact of Climate change on Historic Properties.
Francis, T., 2009. An Integrated Approach, to Sustain the Conservation of ‘Heritage Estates’ and their Contents.
In: 4th F.A.T. Research Students Workshop, University of Glamorgan, 12th March 2009.
Francis T., 2008. Does anybody really do maintenance? In: ‘Repairing and Rebuilding the Welsh House’. Organiser of a conference - held in the listed, Twyn yr Hydd House, Margam Park in March 2009. This was marketed in conjunction with: NPTC, CIH and CIOB – and attracted prominent academics, practitioner organisations and individual delegates from across England and Wales.
Francis T., 2008 - Conservation Project Management - Making it Happen! Presentations made at a series of: International Flagship Conferences held in: Dublin, Glasgow and London, during 2008 and 2009. These events explored the demand for Building Conservation Education and the application of Project Management techniques to this discipline.Venues included: The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, London; The City Hall, Glasgow, and The Law Society, Dublin – these events were managed and delivered in conjunction with: The National Trust, CIOB, IHBC, and Institute of Conservation.
Francis T. J. 2008 ‘Sustainable Building Maintenance Management Practices’ presentation to RICS/CIOB etc Wales. delivered at: Swansea. Metropolitan. University - as part of a Knowledge Exploitation Funded Series of CPD Conferences. - March, 2008.
Francis T. J , Dacey, M. et al. 2007. ‘The Solar Water Heating Project -’Research paper published within the NPTC Research Journal.
2005 ‘Delivering Higher Education in Further Education’ – British Association of Construction Heads, Annual ‘Best Practice Conference’, Coleg Powys, Newtown, Wales.
‘Surveying and Specifying repairs to traditional buildings – the role of the Building Surveyor’. Institute of Maintenance and Building Management. National Conservation Conference – The Guildhall, Winchester (2001).
September 2013 -17, External Examiner for the MSc in Building Surveying programme at London’s South Bank University.
Spring 2013 – Member of the Diocesan Advisory Committee, The Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. This advises the Church in Wales and supports the Listed Building Consent process on alterations and maintenance to the fabric, services and fitments of historic church buildings. It is part of the ecclesiastical exemption, Faculty based system. The Committee meets 6 times per year typically for 2 hours and reviews proposals submitted.
2011 – Present, Chair (previously Vice- Chair 2010-11) ‘Welsh Traditional and Sustainability Building Skills Advisory Group’ – Construction Skills SSC, working with Welsh Government, CADW, the National Heritage Training Group and numerous built environment professional bodies, universities, colleges, training organisations etc to take forward skills agenda issues related to vocational, academic and professional skills and continuing professional development needs. This in relation to sustainability, climate change and its impact upon our existing building stock and its future repair and retrofit needs.
2012 -13 Shadow Board Member for a proposed Welsh National Centre of Sustainable Excellence. This is planned to be a beacon for ‘housing, modern methods of construction, supply chain management, regeneration and heritage studies’ within the built environment.
The proposal is for a new landmark building acting as a physical catalyst to engender a ‘hub and spoke axis’, linking CITB Construction Skills- National Construction College network, other SSC’s, colleges, universities, training providers and building innovators to deliver first class training across Wales and the south-west.
2011 – Present. CIOB, Education and Qualifications Standards Board member. (CIOB International HQ, Ascot.)
2001 – Present. Committee Member - Building Conservation, Maintenance and Refurbishment, CIOB – CARE National Working Group.
2013, UWTSD Panel Member Validation Panel for the MSc in Sustainable Adaptation that was successfully validated at the Centre for Alternative Technology.
2005 - 2013. Board Member - Asset Skills SSC (Cymru).
2010 – 2011. RICS (Wales) Membership Committee. RICS Wales, Cardiff.
2012- 2013 – Asset Skills SSC – Higher Level Skills Project.
2012 - 2013 – Construction Skills – Member of a working sub-group, tasked with advising C.Skills and UK governments on possible impacts arising from the ‘Green-deal’ on our pre-1919 building stock.
2011 - CITB/Construction Skills Awarding Body, High Holborn, London. Member of the team that drafted the bank of examination questions for use on all Level 3 Craft qualifications for work to traditional buildings.
2007 - 2012. CIOB Representative at COTAC (The Conference on Training in Architectural Conservation).
2010-2011. Working group member - revising the CIOB Post-graduate accreditation requirements for the Institute’s Education Framework.
2004 – 2007). Estyn (HMI) Peer Assessor – Construction
(2004) A.B.E. Nominee to the B.S.I. Committee (B/209/12) – Maintenance of Historic Buildings.
(2005).External Examiner (part-time) to De Montfort University, with Dr David Watt- for an M.A. Award by Independent Study, that considered the application of research and analysis to the Project Management of Major Conservation Projects
(1996 to 2000). External Examiner (part-time) - Middlesex University/College of North East London. BSc (Hons)/HND Facilities Management Programmes,
(1994 to 1998).External Examiner (part-time) - University of Derby. HND/HNC Building Courses.
(1997). Draft Function Examiner - Chartered Institute of Building - Building Surveying and Property Management, Functional Area
(1993 - 1999). External Assessor/Advisor to various Universities and Colleges - with regards the validation of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in Facilities Management. E.g.: University of Westminster; Nottingham Trent University / Suffolk College; Middlesex University.
(1993-94). Function Coordinator/Chair of Facilities Management Sub-Group, Charged with preparation of the CIOB's New Education Framework Core member of the team that developed the Institute’s first “New Education Framework”
(1997-1999) Development Member/Trials assessor - Construction Industry Standing Conference - Validation and Working Groups charged with developing NVQ's at levels 3, 4, 5 (now 7) within the Property Management and Architectural Conservation Sectors.
(2013-14) Attended various sessions and chaired a session at St David’s Lampeter, on the new Heritage Academy and Strata Florida regeneration.
Faculty training updates, Research seminars etc as timetable allows.
Nominated for the SMU Student Teaching Awards in both 2011-12 and 2012-13.
(2013) Mace carrier at the NPTC graduation ceremony.