edwards hart


About us

Edwards Hart is a friendly customer focused consultancy that specialises in older buildings and heritage. Our services include: 

All our services and projects are each led by a Director. Our team have a depth expertise and experience in all the areas of work that we cover ranging from Chartered Building Surveyors to heritage analyst’s.

Meet the Directors

Prof. John Edwards



An all-round Chartered construction and property professional and Chartered Environmentalist specialising in some distinctive areas: climate change and retrofit; property and construction related research and business planning; quality management; building conservation in which he is certified.

Has extensive construction expertise in a wide range of construction types from traditionally constructed buildings to modern high-rise buildings.

Has held very senior management posts including his Assistant Director role at Cadw / Welsh Government where he was responsible for managing their estate of 128 historic sites, which included commercial and operational management. In this role he was responsible for estate management, facilities management, the management of the direct labour workforce and a multi £ million conservation and development programme of projects. Was also a member of the Cadw four person management board.

Author of many publications, reports and certification / training schemes / qualifications including guidance and standards in subjects ranging from retrofitting buildings for BSI to a quality management certification scheme for the CIOB

In addition to his Directorship of Edwards Hart Consultants, John holds two Non-Executive Directorships, one of a charity and a property management company.

His wealth of knowledge and expertise has led to his Professorship at the University of Wales Trinity St David, where he has a leadership role at the Construction Wales Innovation Centre. This has also led to invitations to join / chair boards / forums, for example the BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group, IHBC Technical Panel, CIOB Quality Implementation Group.

An excellent communicator and frequent conference speaker within the UK and beyond.

Devotes a substantial amount of his time to education. He developed with CITB’s National Construction College the first UK retrofit course that delivers a qualification, a course which he still delivers today

At Edwards Hart John leads on all construction and property related projects and services. His clients range from Housing Associations and property developers to government departments and heritage bodies.

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Sally Edwards


Managing Director

Sally studied at the National Design Academy and is a qualified professional interior designer and has a particular interest in historic interiors.  She is also qualified in energy efficiency and retrofit of traditional buildings. Much of the focus of her work has been on managing and developing the historic environment.

Sally has over three decades of experience working at a senior management level in heritage  and tourism, in the public, private and 3rd sectors. Her responsibilities particularly covered projects and management of significant historic buildings. She also has experience of all aspects of destination and visitor management.

Sally held responsibility for Cardiff’s prestigious civic venues – Cardiff Castle, City Hall, The Mansion House, The Old Library and The Cardiff Story Museum. As well as overseeing facilities and operational management at venues, Sally dealt with a number of development projects.

Through her years in Cardiff she developed an in-depth understanding of what makes a venue work, from layout and design, to maintenance, economics and operational issues.  Her next focus was in Carmarthenshire, following a major restoration programme at Llanelly House in Llanelli, Sally was appointed on a consultancy basis to take it through to operation as a quality visitor attraction, followed by interim management to establish the team.

Her destination management experience has encompassed rural and seaside locations and includes running the tourism services for the Welsh Capital, Cardiff.

Her achievements include winning multi-million pound grants such as a substantial Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the conservation of Cardiff Castle and securing funding and implementing major regeneration programmes. One such project involved a Resort Action Programme at Barry Island, which among a wide ranging list of initiatives, included returning a number of Victorian facades to their former glory. Her work in the Vale of Glamorgan was recognised when she was awarded the accolade of UK National Local Government Manager of the Year.

Sally brings a real practical understanding to the table and is particularly practiced at optimising the use of historic buildings whilst taking account of the need to maintain and conserve them. She is a strong believer in “use it or lose it” when it comes to our heritage as well as understanding the commercial pressures on building owners. Sally can provide overarching strategy, or work at a detailed level providing practical solutions for venues and attractions.

As MD Sally takes day to day responsibility for running the company.

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