The SSHConservation team of skilled carvers, masons and conservators has a proven ability to successfully deliver projects from ruinous castles to chest tombs.

We execute work of a consistently high quality, completed to programme and budget, both as main contractor and specialist sub-contractor.

"Thank you for the high quality of the works carried out on this successful contract." Alan Thomas, Thomas Architects, re: works to Bishop's Palace, Wells.


RICS Awards 2016: Highly Commended project- St John the Baptist, Yeovil.


South West Built Environment Awards, 2016: Cannington Court, Somerset received the Heritage Award (Kier Construction).  SSHC were a specialist subcontractor and undertook a major cleaning and repair programme to the interior and exterior stonework, and internal plaster repairs to the cupola.


Meet the team

Sally Strachey
Managing Director

Having trained as an art historian, she worked with Robert Baker from 1980 to 1984 at Wells Cathedral and Iffley Church. In 1984 she was awarded an ICCROM fellowship at the Bonn conservation workshops where she specialised in the conservation of polychrome sculpture and the development and application of stone consolidants alongside lime based materials and techniques. She was a founder member of the UKIC stone section committee in 1986 responsible for technical days. In 1984 she was a founding member of the Nimbus Conservation Group and a director until 1996. From 1996 to 2008 she was a partner in Strachey and Strachey Conservation. She is a CPD reader for PACR accreditation and currently lectures at the AA and Bath University.

James Preston
Contracts Manager

James was initially employed by Strachey & Strachey as an assistant stone conservator back in 2000.

Whilst with SS he built up his skills, specialising in stone masonry/carving and ropes access conservation. James went on to attend City of Bath College (2006-2008) to complete his NVQ Level 3 in banker masonry, along the way winning various awards including 1st place in the UK National Stone Federation Masonry Skills Challenge 2007.

This has led to being part of a three-man judging panel for the annual UK Skillbuild events.

James has been managing contracts of all sizes and has become a share holder for SSHConservation.

Lisa Edwards
Contracts Manager

Lisa started work with Strachey & Strachey Conservation in September 1999 as a conservator and quickly elevated to site foreman. She is able to see all elements of a job, understanding a variety of skills required within a complex specification.

Lisa is skilled in all aspects of lime based conservation, monuments, structural elements, finishes and cleaning. She has excellent man-management skills, is articulate and has good communication skills.

Lisa has since become a lead role in the management team and share holder at SSHConservation. She has also recently given lectures and talks, most notably for the institute of conservation (ICON).

Jake Motley
Contracts Manager

Jake Motley joined SSHC three years ago having previously completed a 6 ½ year project as Construction Manager in charge of the conservation works on the Cutty Sark. 

Since joining SSHC, he has contract managed an 18 month project at Cannington Court; a Benedictine nunnery in Somerset.  Following the completion of this project, Jake moved on to become the Contract Manager for two yearlong conservation projects at two Historic Royal Palace sites – the Tower of London and Banqueting House which ran simultaneously.

Jake has amassed a wealth of experience in managing contracts from their design and programming stage, through to completion.  He is highly effective at co-ordinating large teams of people, tracking progress and communicating issues, problem solving and ensuring the highest standards are achieved.


Lucy Durnan
Operations Manager


James Routledge
Site Manager


Lee Hargreaves
Senior Conservator

Lee has been employed by Strachey & Strachey Conservation since 1999 and has a BA hons in Ceramics and Glass.
Over the years Lee has managed contracts of various sizes, the largest and most noteworthy being the 2 year conservation programme to Corfe Castle, Dorset.
As senior conservator for SSHConservation, Lee’s ability in traditional lime techniques are second to none.