The Team
Rob Bourn BA MA MCIfA

Rob is co-founder and Managing Director of Orion Heritage and plays a key role in the leadership of the archaeological and built heritage teams across the company.  Rob is a leading expert on development and planning related heritage issues and, while working on projects across all development sectors, he has a particular specialism in strategic land promotions, housing, energy (renewable & non-renewable), setting issues & related case law and heritage expert witness at Public Inquiries.

Dr Rob Smith BA MSc PhD MCIfA

Rob is a Director & co-founder of Orion Heritage and plays a key role in managing our northern operations. He has dealt with a broad spectrum of work, providing archaeological and heritage planning related advice and support to NSIP schemes, large-scale mixed-use urban extensions, renewable energy projects, leisure parks and villages, retail developments and residential schemes, through to small-scale sensitive developments. Rob has an in depth understanding of historic environment planning policy and guidance across all parts of the UK, and also acts as an expert witness at planning inquiries and hearings.

Will Bedford BA MCIfA

Will is a Technical Director at Orion Heritage and is an expert on development and planning related heritage issues. He has worked on projects across a wide range of development sectors and has particular expertise obtaining scheduled monument consents, setting issues & related case law, and the procurement of archaeological services. He is an experienced expert witness at planning appeal hearings.

Helen MacQuarrie MA MPhil ACIfA

Helen joined Orion Heritage in 2016 as a Senior Consultant with 15 years experience in commercial archaeology, predominately with the contracting sector. Helen provides archaeological and heritage advice for development projects including residential, retail and energy, producing scoping reports, supporting documentation for planning applications, strategic advice and management of fieldwork. With an established fieldwork, research and post-excavation background, Helen is able to advise, manage and deliver archaeological solutions for development.

Cathy Patrick BA DipArchaeol MPhil MCIfA

Cathy is a Technical Director at Orion Heritage and heads up Orion’s Worcester office.  She has over 25 years of experience in professional archaeology, sixteen of those in archaeological consultancy.  Cathy has a particular specialism in strategic land promotions.  She has a strong client-base in the West Midlands and is known for her pragmatic and commercially-aware advice.


Jo is a Principal Built Heritage Consultant at Orion Heritage. Jo is a leading expert on development and planning related built heritage issues and specialises in providing technical listed building advice; setting issues and acting as heritage expert witness at Hearings and Public Inquiries.

Chris Colville BA Hons MSc

Chris is a Principal Built Heritage consultant with experience in a range of private and public sector roles within local government authorities in London and as a heritage consultant. He has extensive experience providing pre-app heritage advice; preparing heritage statements; archival recording of heritage assets; conservation area appraisals and management plans; and advising on appropriate repair and maintenance techniques for historic buildings. He also possesses a detailed knowledge of the historical development of architecture, an ability to assess the significance of a heritage asset and to develop policy for its ongoing management.

Jane Bourn LLB(Hons), Solicitor (Non-Practising)

Jane is a Director and Practice Manager of Orion Heritage and brings with her a wealth of experience over many years as a commercial and property litigation lawyer.