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The Team

Architect – Philip Mercer B.Arch ARIBA RIAS

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Andrew Philip Mercer B.Arch RIBA RIAS Born 24th August 1937 Education Stonyhurst College, Edinburgh University National Service Queens Own Hussars. Work experience with Buzzi Ceriani  Milan. Architectural assistant Morris and Steedman Edinburgh, Murray and Murray Ottawa and David Williams London. Own Practice 1970 onwards, now specialising in Planning and restoration in London and Scotland and restoration advice in Italy. Own projects, Country house Quebec, House Camden Street London (illustrated Architects Journal and House and Gardens) Maisonette Stanley Gardens London (illustrated Architectural Review). Hotels, private houses, shops and restaurants London Flats Paris and South of France Country houses England. Restoration and extension of historic houses in Scotland. Borders award for Hillslap Tower.

Project Manager – John Gleeson BSc MRICS AAGrad Dip Cons

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At the start of his professional career as a chartered Building Surveyor, John spent 15 years in both private and public sector employment dealing largely with the care and management of historic buildings, monuments and sites. In 1986 he joined the College of Estate Management, where he jointly set up and developed the RICS postgraduate diploma course in Building Conservation. He continued as internal Course Director for this course until January 2001, when he set up Gleeson Historic Building Consultants. Since then he has been working as a Historic Buildings Consultant dealing with a wide range of conservation projects, large and small, local and national. He remains in close contact with conservation education as a visiting lecturer and examiner with a variety of educational establishments both at home and overseas.

Gleeson Historic Building Consultants (GHBC) was set up in 2001 by John Gleeson who is the senior partner of the practice. John is a chartered Building Surveyor and graduate of the Architectural Association highly regarded Post Graduate course in Building Conservation. He is also an Accredited Building Conservation Surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. GHBC are a specialist firm who work specifically in the field of historic buildings and monuments. Their work load involves dealing with a variety of projects both large and small and from church and property inspections to the conservation and repair of large medieval priories. Their geographical area of works takes them from the highlands and islands of Scotland to the Midlands of England and overseas to India, Italy, Gibraltar and France.

Development Director – David Broadfoot MBE.,


Educated at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, David initially worked for the BBC before entering the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was commissioned into The Gordon Highlanders in 1974. After a long and distinguished career during which he travelled the world and was awarded the MBE, he retired as a Lt Col in 2006. From 2006 to 2010 he ran Cawdor Castle and from 2011 to 2013 was the Director at Glamis Castle. As a freelance consultant, he organises and hosts events and has recently run the Clan Mackenzie International Gathering. He was appointed Development Director for the £1.4million scheme in July 2015.

Advisor on all Pilgrimage Matters – Professor Phillip Adamo

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A former Professor of History at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, U.S.A., who has written extensively on the thirteenth-century, French monastic order known as the Caulites. His dissertation on the formation of the Caulite Order won the Ohio Academy of History Dissertation Award in 2001. His book, New Monks in Old Habits: The Formation of the Caulite Monastic Order, 1193-1267, was published in 2014 by the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. He collaborated with Joseph H. Lynch on the second edition of The Medieval Church: A Brief History (Routledge, 2013). Philip joined the team in November 2015, following a meeting with David Broadfoot.