"I speak for the building, as the building has no voice"
James Powell BSc CEng MIEI
James has 12 years experience working in repair and refurbishment of heritage buildings in Ireland,
He holds a BSc from Cranfield Institute of Technology, and is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, he has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Building Repair and Conservation at Trinity College Dublin and was awarded a distinction.
He was a committee member of the Building Limes Forum Ireland and is a member of ICOMOS Ireland
In 2004 he set up his own building company to restore traditional buildings and ran this successfully until 2008, when he took up Conservation Consultancy full time, whilst studying at Trinity for his Post Graduate Diploma
James trained originally as a Mechanical Engineer, and then worked in the motor industry in UK for Land Rover Ltd and Ogle Design, later diversifying into providing mechanical engineering services to design consultancies including Design Triangle, Cambridge; Kinnear Dufort Design, Bristol; PSV International, Blackpool; TDC Karachi, Pakistan; Ghabour Brothers, Cairo, Egypt and Firstlight Ltd, London. In 1995 he moved to Kilkenny where he bought a derelict farmhouse and restored it. Later he worked with M&S Construction providing draughting facilities and learning traditional building skills, joinery and roofing.
David Sweetman MA, FSA, MRIA
Formerly chief archaeologist with Dùchas and author of The Medieval Castles of Ireland. David has been widely published with many ground breaking archaeological excavation reports to his credit. He is a member of many academic bodies and learned societies both in Ireland and abroad.