Our Staff

Tiva Montalbano

Director of Heritage Strategy

Tiva joined The Prince's Regeneration Trust in July 2016 after 8 years at Historic England. She has wide-ranging experience as a historic environment manager having worked variously in planning, conservation, grants, policy and community engagement. Tiva was responsible for managing a £4.2m LIBOR-funded cross-sectoral partnership programme to ensure that as many war memorials as possible were left in good condition for the centenary of WWI (a tall order, given there may be as many as 100,000 war memorials across the UK). 

She has a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and an MA in Public Archaeology, both from University College London.  She is also a graduate of English Heritage’s prestigious (but short-lived) Historic Environment Traineeship Programme, and is both PRINCE 2 Foundation and APMP qualified.  In her day she has also been an English Teacher, museum gallery guide, shop assistant, backpacker, and voiceover artist.  

Nicola Dyer

Director of Heritage Operations

Nicola joined The Prince's Regeneration Trust in June 2016. She was previously Project Director for the Underfall Yard Trust in Bristol working on a £4 million regeneration project to conserve and bring back into viable use the historic docks complex as a visitor centre and working boatyard.

Nicola began her career in heritage as a Property Assistant with the National Trust, and her roles since have encompassed advising charities on historic building projects (firstly with the UK Association of Preservation Trusts and secondly as a Development Officer and subsequently Grants Officer for the Heritage Lottery Fund in the London region) as well as operating and managing historic houses and estates for the National Trust and others. Her latest role was as Project Director for the Underfall Yard Trust in Bristol working on a £4 million regeneration project to conserve and bring back into viable use the historic docks complex as a visitor centre and working boatyard.

Nicola holds the RICS Diploma in Building Conservation from the College of Estate Management and was awarded the University of Oxford Certificate in Architectural History. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts South West branch.

Rosie Fraser

Project Consultant

Rosie was previously Executive Director of The Prince's Regeneration Trust. During the eight years Rosie was at The Prince's Regeneration Trust she oversaw the project team working to deliver a range of projects for community groups and building owners across the UK. 

Rosie is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and Land Economy, and has a PRINCE2 Foundation Certificate. She also has a BA (Hons) in History and an MBA.

Laura Norris

Programme Director of BRICK

Laura joined The Princes Regeneration Trust in January 2015. She began working in building preservation in 1998, firstly in Scotland with the Cockburn Conservation Trust and Scottish Historic Buildings Trust and then with the UK-wide Vivat Trust. Laura represented Scotland on the Association of Preservation Trusts Board and was the vice chair of the Architectural Heritage Trust for Scotland. She now lives in Herefordshire and sits on the Project Board for Hay Castle Trust.

Laura specialises in working with community groups to deliver projects which fulfil their aims and ambitions for the historic building they want to save. During her building preservation career, she has delivered projects ranging from gatehouses and pavilions to towerhouses and the tallest folly in the UK, Hadlow Tower in Kent. Laura holds a double degree in psychology and architectural history.

Laura loves getting to visit new places and meeting people who want to change their heritage world and if she had to pick a favourite project it would be Brymbo Ironworks in Wales.

Susan O'Connor

Senior Projects Adviser (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Susan advises on projects in Scotland and Northern Ireland. She is a construction project manager by training, specialising in the conservation of historic buildings. Susan studied Architectural History at Trinity College Dublin, before gaining a Masters in Urban Planning and Building Conservation. In her native Ireland, she was responsible for collating Donegal’s first ever List of Protected Structures, and worked on numerous nationally important structures. These include the Bishop’s Palaces in Cork and Kilkenny, Armagh Cathedral, Limerick Cathedral, Dublin’s Iveagh Markets and a series of Georgian townhouses on Mountjoy and Fitzwilliam Squares.
 
Since moving to Scotland, Susan has project managed the £47 million Royal Museum Project for National Museums Scotland, involving the wholescale refurbishment of the 19th century fabric and the rehousing of substantial collections from the Museum itself to purpose-built accommodation in Leith. Subsequent to the Museum, she managed Ayr Townscape Heritage Initiative, which saw four owner-occupied Georgian townhouses refurbished to form an iconic gateway to the town.
 

Susan is so passionate about heritage that she completed a part-time PhD in the history of Scottish town halls, looking at how political and social change influenced their design.

 

Alex Hatt

Assistant Projects Adviser
Alex works on a wide range of projects all over the country, and his work encompasses a variety of disciplines, from business planning and options appraisals, supporting on the delivery of masterplans, and acting as project management lead on the Harper Street Home Hub and Montagu Monuments project. He also takes the lead role in developing business opportunities for the Trust.
 
Alex is PRINCE2 Foundation qualified. He previously worked for Heritage Works Buildings Preservation Trust as a Projects Assistant, and holds an MA in American History and a BA in History from the University of Sheffield.
 

Alex's favourite moment at The Prince's Regeneration Trust so far has to be taking part in the masterplanning workshop for Brymbo Ironworks:

"It's a great project with real potential and an enthusiastic community group, and really boosted my interest in masterplanning and urban design. The report I put together was well received by the local trust, and I am looking forward to seeing their continuing progress."

Hannah Southgate

Projects Executive

Hannah joined The Prince’s Regeneration Trust in January 2015 as Projects Assistant, working to support the Operations Director and Projects Team with logistical and Administrative support.

Hannah completed an MA in Medieval History from Royal Holloway, University of London, and holds a BA in History from the University of Leicester. Prior to her role at The Prince's Regeneration Trust, Hannah has worked in library services for Royal Holloway, University of London; in visitor services for the National Trust at Ickworth House; and undertaken various volunteer roles within the museum and heritage sector.