She began her career in the public sector 15 years ago working for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, within their education team. She managed their joint education programme with English Heritage, Engaging Places, a teaching resource for learning through buildings and places. Lydia went on to work in community engagement, then becoming the curator of a historic house in Surrey, before moving into local government.
Lydia is now the Assistant Director for Culture and Regeneration at the London Borough of Bromley. The division is responsible for the library service, community resource centres, leisure facilities, cultural programming, the borough’s business improvement districts (BIDs) and local economic development, and capital regeneration (including house building).
She is passionate about heritage in all its forms being the foundations for designing great places for everyone ‒ and also the importance of the historic environment in shaping the distinct characters of our villages, towns and cities.
Lydia lives in East Sussex and has a particular interest in historic house interiors, their conservation and their interpretation.