College’s former students score double in New Year’s honours list

Posted on: 15 January, 2010

The College of Estate Management (CEM) has congratulated two of its former students whose work has been recognised in the New Year’s honours list 2010.

Robin Broadhurst, an Honorary Fellow of CEM, was appointed Commander to the Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.), while Henry Russell, the college’s course director in Conservation of the Historic Environment, was appointed an OBE for public service.

Dr Ann Heywood, the college’s principal, said:

‘We are very proud of Robin Broadhurst’s and Henry Russell’s achievements and they join our illustrious alumni. We hope to continue in our work in developing the next generation of professionals who will have members similarly recognised.’

Robin Broadhurst was a former student of the college in the 1960s, when he studied for a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors qualification. Henry Russell is a former award winning student of the college’s conservation course who later went on to become its director.

CEM, based in Reading, is the UK’s largest provider of supported distance education for the real estate and property professions. Courses offered include those at diploma, bachelors or masters level, with most accredited by the relevant professional organisation, such as Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).

CEM’s Conservation of the Historic Environment MSc course is one of the UK’s leading qualifications in building conservation. It is designed primarily for property professionals specialising in or wishing to focus on conservation and heritage management.

Robin is chairman of Sableknight Ltd and non-executive director of Grosvenor, Chelsfield Partners and the British Library. He is also property consultant to Sir Robert McAlpine.

Henry Russell is chairman of the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee, the body which advises on repairs and alterations in the diocese. He is a member of the RICS and the Building Conservation Forum board, serving as its chairman from 2005 to 2008.

Henry is a trustee of the Georgian Group, a society which aims to protect Georgian buildings, the Woodchester Mansion Trust, a charity set up to repair a Grade 1 listed 19th century country house in Stroud, Gloucestershire, and of the Conference on Training in Architectural Conservation (COTAC). He is a board member of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) and the English Stone Forum, and a member of ICOMOS-UK Education and Training Committee and National Heritage Training Group.