Our People

Who We Are

Since The Heritage Advisory was established in 2013, the company has expanded to four team members, each with a broad range of experiences, skills and interests. 

Mark Sanderson Profile Photo

Mark Sanderson

Director

Azizal Karim Profile Photo

Azizul Karim

Principal Heritage Advisor

Sarah Burdis Profile Photo

Sarah Burdis

Senior heritage advisor

Freya Trotman Profile Photo

Freya Trotman

Researcher & House Historian

Mark Sanderson Profile Photo

Mark Sanderson

Director
BA (Hons), MA, IHBC

msanderson@
theheritageadvisory
.co.uk

msanderson@theheritageadvisory.co.uk

07951 926869

Mark’s career in heritage began in 1998, studying for a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the History of Architecture and Design. He then undertook a Master of Arts in Architectural Conservation over 2002-2004. In 2000, whilst at university, Mark worked as an archaeologist for Coventry Archaeology, before moving to Boston Borough Council as Planning Officer (Conservation) in 2002. 

In 2004 he joined multi-disciplinary consultancy CgMs in their London office, working UK-wide as an Historic Buildings Consultant. He then went on to join Tynedale Council in 2006 as Senior Conservation Officer, before joining Rolfe Judd Architecture and Planning in London as Senior Built Heritage Advisor in 2007.

He set up New Historic Environment Consulting in the same year, a heritage consultancy he operated across the South until 2010. Following this, he went on to join Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) as Regional Project Manager in London and the south of England before being promoted to Lead Consultant (Built Heritage) at MOLA in September 2012.

Establishing The Heritage Advisory in March 2013, Mark now has over 18 years’ experience of built heritage, conservation, design and archaeology, working on a wide number of proposals, involving a variety of historic buildings, areas and other heritage assets, throughout the UK.

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Azizul Karim

Principal Heritage Advisor
BSS (Hons), MSS, MSC, PCIFA 

akarim@
theheritageadvisory
.co.uk

akarim@theheritageadvisory.co.uk

07706 159089

After obtaining a first class Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology in 2003 and then a first class Master of Arts in Archaeology in 2005, Azizul has studied and worked in both Bangladesh and the UK, contributing to the success of a high number of commercial and research projects in archaeology.

Following a further Master of Science in Archaeological Computing (Spatial Technologies) undertaken in 2009, Azizul was to begin work with a number of archaeological and other specialist departments at MOLA over 2010, before focusing to become one of the organisation’s Built Heritage Specialists in 2011.

Principally, this entailed the analysis, appraisal and recording of historic buildings and structures as part of the discharge of planning conditions. Azizul is highly adept at standing building surveys and desk-based assessments in relation to post-planning requirements, which saw his promotion to Senior Archaeologist (Built Heritage) at MOLA.

Specialising in GIS and spatial analysis, 2 D and 3D CAD photogrammetry, measured survey and aerial survey, Azizul is also a CAA recognised drone pilot. He has therefore added considerable benefit to a number of high profile schemes; value which he now brings to bear with The Heritage Advisory.

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Sarah Burdis

Senior Heritage Advisor
BSc (Hons), MSc, MA 

sburdis@
theheritageadvisory
.co.uk

sburdis@theheritageadvisory.co.uk

07484 051351

Sarah began her career in heritage in 2008, undertaking a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Property Development, for which she received a First Class degree in 2011. During her undergraduate studies Sarah developed a passion for historic buildings and their role in new development.

This led to a Master of Science in Historic Building Conservation undertaken over 2011-12. Sarah went on to put this knowledge to use in the property market before being employed as a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessor and Planning Advisor at JBA Consultancy Services Ltd. in late 2012.  

Between 2012 and 2016 Sarah wrote a number of articles concerning the relationship between heritage and development for Rooftops and Future Build. She went on to provide photography toward National Trust publicity and contribute to ‘Introduction to Landscapes’, a book advising on Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.

Sarah joined The Heritage Advisory in 2016 as Heritage Advisor and in 2017 obtained a further Master of Arts in Planning. Early 2018 saw her promoted to Senior Heritage Advisor, having by that time worked extensively in heritage planning, whilst utilising to considerable effect, her unique take on the place of conservation in planning and development.

Freya Trotman Profile Photo

Freya Trotman

Researcher & House Historian
RI DIP. (DIST), MSAI 

ftrotman@
theheritageadvisory
.co.uk

ftrotman@theheritageadvisory.co.uk

Freya’s early zeal for heritage first emerged with her company Design Forum. Working in interior design for the commercial sector, client’s included Harrods and the Barbican, and sites were often listed. Whilst her work required aesthetically accomplished responses, these nevertheless needed to remain appropriate and respectful of their host structures.

Projects required not only a flair for creative repurposing, but a sensitivity and understanding of historic buildings and their fabric that combined to result in successful reuse and its associated refurbishment. This resulted in the effective conversion of such unlikely buildings as a stable block to a nursery, or a mansion to office or care home.        

Between working as archivist and guide for Crowland Abbey and a number of public heritage projects to promote the understanding and contribution made by heritage to communities, historian and author Freya also works as a Researcher & House Historian for The Heritage Advisory; roles to which she brings enormous passion and understanding.

Freya’s research interests extend to landscape archaeology and the history of buildings from a perspective of both social and economic change, and the resulting architectural contribution made by these to our historic townscape and countryside. The research she undertakes for The Heritage Advisory is therefore deeply contextual and multi-faceted.