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 and heritage expert witness at Public Inquiries.

Notable project involvements have included the heritage assessment for a proposed 1500 dwelling and 20ha employment development at Bicester for Redrow Homes and Wates Developments involving complex setting issues relating to a nearby scheduled monument as well as the effect on non-designated archaeological remains; heritage assessment and expert witness for a proposed wind turbine in north Norfolk involving effects on a grade I listed and scheduled castle as well as other nearby designated heritage assets; and the assessment of a strategic residential and employment development at Faversham, Kent, which involved the setting of an adjacent grade II listed Oast House and non-designated Bronze Age & Roman remains within the site.

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. 

Notable projects Rob has been involved in are the management of a large-scale, multi-period archaeological excavation in advance of a 103 acre retail-led development at Five Towns Park, Castleford, West Yorkshire; heritage assessment and expert witness for an eco-village at Whiston, Staffordshire involving effects to several listed buildings; and the preparation and implementation of an over-arching management strategy of a 240 hectare leisure village at Holyhead, Anglesey to deal with significant prehistoric archaeological remains (including the settings of several scheduled monuments).

Will Bedford BA MCIfA

Will is a 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.

Projects of interest include the successful management of a complex archaeological excavation in the centre of Oxford, including liaison with the archaeological contractor, building contractor, city archaeologist and several local interest groups; the production of heritage and archaeological reports in support of a successful planning application for a major retail redevelopment in the centre of Horsham, where the setting of the conservation area and listed buildings were key issues; and the production of a heritage ES chapter for a 2,000 unit scheme in Exeter, which included complex setting issues due to the presence of scheduled barrows within the site, which were successfully incorporated into the masterplan.

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. 

Notable project involvements have included the heritage assessment and EIA chapter for the redevelopment of Clapham Park Estate, Clapham, Greater London and the heritage assessment new community building (a replica of a Viking Longhouse) within the grounds of the grade I listed Ufton Court, Ufton Nervert, West Berkshire which has been granted planning consent. Helen has co-produced a strategic planning document for Stratford District Council and has provided heritage and settings advice for a number of solar & wind electricity generation projects.

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. 

Recent notable projects that Cathy has been involved with includes a proposed 2000 dwelling and village centre site at Kingston Grange, Warkwickshire and a proposed 1000 dwelling scheme at Gaydon-Lighthorne Heath, Warwickshire involving the assessment of the effect on archaeological remains, providing advice to the emerging masterplans and at EiP. Previous schemes have also included complex negotiation with Historic England to secure scheduled monument consent for construction of a Waitrose within Droitwich and management of archaeological evaluation and mitigation at the Worcester Porcelain Works.

Jo Upton BA MA MSc

Jo is a Technical Director at Orion Heritage and heads-up the Historic Buildings team. 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. 

Notable projects include advising on strategy/programme of works to support listed buildings consent for alterations to windows (repair and replacement) in a grade II listed building at Wellesbourne, Warwickshire; production of a heritage statement to support proposed alterations to a non-designated heritage asset adjacent to the former Porcelain Works, Worcester, within the context of several listed buildings and other heritage assets; heritage assessment for a strategic land allocation for a hotel/housing scheme to the south of Canfield Bottom, Wimbourne; and providing advice and a supporting heritage statement on behalf of Norwich High School for Girls for proposed reconfiguration works to improve site access, within the setting of several listed buildings and within a Conservation Area.

Jane Bourn LLB(Hons), Non-Practising Solicitor

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.