Previous to that Liz was the Project Director of the Merchant City Initiative – a HLF-supported regeneration programme which saw a series of conservation and transformational building projects focused on properties in the historic Merchant City of Glasgow aimed at bringing physical, environmental, social and economic change through investment in the area's built heritage and public realm. The Initiative also broadened its remit to include public art projects, allotments, creative industry and local business support.
From 1992 to 2000 Liz was Director of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, delivering the restoration and re-use of buildings such as the St Francis Centre in the Gorbals, the Wellpark Enterprise Centre and St Andrews in the Square plus the introduction in 1990 of the UK’s first Doors Open Day in the City to celebrate its reign as European Capital of Culture.
Liz is a trustee of the Kilmahew St Peter's Trust - the charity set up to rescue and consolidate in the landscape the extraordinary ruins of Gillespie Kidd and Coia's modernist seminary in Argyll and Bute, and also of the Architectural Heritage Fund, the UK charity which is the leading provider of low interest loans and grants to charities seeking to restore buildings at risk.
Other posts previously held include that of Chair of the UK Association of Preservation Trusts, member of the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland, trustee of Strathclyde Building Preservation Trust and external examiner on the MSc for European Conservation at Dundee College of Art.
Liz was awarded an OBE for services to the heritage and conservation in Scotland in 2010.