Speakers

Anneli Randla is the dean of the faculty of art and culture at the Estonian Academy of Arts. She received her PhD in art history from Cambridge University and has worked both in Estonian civil service and academia in the field of heritage protection. Her research interests span from medieval religious architecture to the principles of UNESCO’s world heritage concept.

Crispin Truman is chief executive of the Churches Conservation Trust, the national charity protecting historic churches at risk. The Trust runs over 340 heritage buildings across England and promotes them as an educational and community resource. Crispin is a trustee of Heritage Alliance and chairs the national Heritage Open Days committee. He led the setting up of a new European network, Future Religious Heritage, which he now chairs. Crispin is also a trustee of The Building Exploratory; a secondary school governor in Hackney; and was formerly trustee of mental health charity Rethink and chair of the London Cycling Campaign. Crispin was chief executive of the Revolving Doors Agency for six years and helped set the charity up to demonstrate new ways of working in mental health, homelessness and criminal justice. More on: linkedin.com/in/crispintruman, Twitter: @ccrispint

Reverend Gustav Peeter Piir is the member of the Consistory as the Assessor of Education for the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church and he is serving as the rector of the Tallinn Holy Spirit Congregation of the EELC and under the Porvoo Agreement, priest-in-charge of the Anglican-Lutheran congregation of St. Timothy and St Titus in Tallinn. (Church of England, Diocese in Europe). He is educated in Canada, United States and Germany.

Joakim Hansson is associate professor at Uppsala University Campus Gotland, in Sweden. He received his PhD from the University of Helsinki. He has published numerous articles on church conservation on Gotland, and is a member of FRH’s Communications Work Group. 1995-2012 Inspector at the Country Administration Board of Gotland. 2000-2013 Ass.prof at Gotland University, building conservation/ History of architecture. 2013- Ass. prof. at Uppsala Univerisity, building conservation/ History of architecture. 2012- Own company working with restoration and conservation matters.

Joseph Roilidis studied Theology in University of Athens and Philosophy of Religion in University of Geneva. He studied Architecture in the Technical University of Athens, and pursued doctoral studies at the Technical University of Helsinki in the field of conservation. As an active conservation architect he has designed and built churches gaining architectural prizes and has restored many churches among other buildings. Currently he is teaching in municipal schools in Helsinki.

Leena Seim is executive officer of Future for Religious Heritage (FRH), the European network for historic places of worship, currently collecting 85 organisational and individual members from 30 countries. With a Swedish and Estonian background, her academic experience is in Architectural and Art History from Edinburgh University and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and she has also studied Urban Conservation at The Royal Institute of art in Stockholm. Leena previously worked with outreach and audience development for Edinburgh World Heritage in Scotland, and with the fundraising team at the Churches Conservation Trust in London. She has worked for FRH since the infant days of the organisation, starting in June 2011 and was initially based in London, but is now running the office from Brussels.

Lilian Grootswagers is the owner of Erfgoed.nu. Erfgoed.nu advises governmental institutions, cooperations and private owners in heritage issues. Speciality: monument legislation, grants, research, religious heritage issues, conversion, spacial planning and publications. She is also an author and publisher of several guidelines on the topic of safekeeping heritage (and specifically religious heritage) for future generations. She is a board member of the Task Force Toekomst Kerkgebouwen a dutch national and independent citizen’s movement on the religious heritage topic. Its goal is to make religious buildings again living elements of the urban and rural landscape and communities. She is also a councilmember (secretary of the board) of the European network for historic places of worship, the FRH.