About Us

Oxley Conservation was established in 1997 by Richard Oxley. Our principal aim is to ensure that all buildings encountered receive appropriate and sympathetic advice that respects each building's individual nature and special qualities.

Richard Oxley BSc DipBldgCons MRICS IHBC


Richard is a qualified Chartered Surveyor who is RICS Accredited in Building Conservation; he is also a full member of The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and holds the RICS Diploma in Building Conservation from the College of Estate Management. To complement his existing knowledge and understanding of the damp and timber problems suffered by old buildings Richard obtained the Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) qualification from The Institute of Wood Science.


Richard's book 'Survey and Repair of Traditional Buildings - A sustainable approach' was published by Donhead in May 2003; he has also had many papers published including articles on damp and timber treatment, environmental issues, valuing and surveying historic buildings (See: Resources).


Richard is frequently invited to share his passion and knowledge of these subjects and has given presentations for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, local authorities and other surveying practices.


Phil Ogley MA MScBldgCons IHBC


Phil has a Master of Science degree in Building Heritage and Conservation from the University of Central Lancashire where he graduated with distinction. He is also a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Phil has been at Oxley Conservation since 2004 and in that time he drafted the English Heritage Guidance Note on Building Regulations and Historic Buildings which he now puts into practice on a regular basis.

Elizabeth McGugan BA(Hons) MA


Liz joined the Practice in 2013 and her considerable experience and knowledge, having worked as a Project Manager and Contracts Director for a specialist historic buildings contractor, is a welcome addition to the team at Oxley Conservation; helping to enhance our consultancy services, whilst also allowing us to offer a project management service in the running of building conservation projects. Liz is CSCS Accredited as a Conservation Building Site Manager.


Rupert Hilton MCIOB AssocRICS MScCHE BA(Hons)


Rupert joined Oxley Conservation in 2017 as a Historic Building Surveyor, having previously run his own chartered building surveying and historic buildings consultancy company in Manchester. He has an excellent technical knowledge and grasp of conservation philosophy and is a passionate custodian of the historic environment.


He is a strong believer in training, outreach and education and has been a regular guest lecturer at Salford University. He has a keen interest in 3D photogrammetry, virtual reality and augmented reality, and has run workshops to highlight how this cutting edge technology can be applied and integrated into the heritage sector.



Jill Varley


Jill is our Practice Manager and is responsible for the smooth running of the Practice. She has considerable business administration experience and has successfully run several of her own businesses in the past.


Ian Walker Bsc (Hons) MRICS


Ian worked for a firm of Chartered Quantity Surveyors for 15 years before establishing Walker Associates in 2015. He has worked in close collaboration with Oxley Conservation for over 10 years and this relationship has recently been formalised with a 'network' consultancy agreement to enable both practices to maximise their potential.

Ian's particular interest and expertise is in the field of historic building conservation work including repairs to the building fabric and upgrading to bring the building function up-to-date including the sensitive introduction of new building services, energy conservation and renewable installations and the removal of asbestos. He is highly experienced in ensuring an outcome where allocated funds can be fully expended and not over-committed.

Oxley Conservation Limited, 8a Friday Street, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1AH

Telephone: 01491 414191     Email: info@oxleyconservation.co.uk      Map


We offer our historic buildings consultancy services in South East England including Oxfordshire, Berkshire,

Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and London