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2017 Aces Award For Excellence In Asset Management Launch

07th Jul 2017 Download Now

2017 ACES Award for Excellence launch

The Senior Vice President, Neil McManus, has today launched the search for the ACES Award for Excellence in Property Managemet 2017 and hopes that the level and standard of entries will match or supercede those of the very successful 2016 Award. The Award will once again be presented at the Annual Luncheon to be held this year at Cardiff castle on the 17th November 2017.

The deadline for entry is 5pm Friday 15th September 2017. The entry should be sent to the ACES Secretary at

A letter from the Senior Vice President, an explanatory note and the nomination form can be found on the ACES website 2017 ACES Award page.

In launching the award, Neil McManus said:- 

"This is a prestigious Award and past recipients have been rightly proud and honoured to have their achievements recognised and promoted by the Association.  
We all strive to provide excellent asset management supported by our professional staff and to use assets to further the aims of our respective authorities.  

This is an opportunity for exemplary work to be recognised, whether by yourself, an individual within your office a team or indeed a team across organisations. 
In the current challenging climate of budget pressures there has never been a more important time to share with colleagues our professional expertise and also to showcase to our leaders the excellence that exists in our teams. The ACES Award for Excellence is an ideal way to do this.
I have kept the assessment criteria broadly based so as to include good work with regard to any aspect of asset management or regeneration".

Aces Member Appointed As Chief Executive Of Lancashire Council

25th May 2017

ACES member Heather McManus has been appointed to be the next Chief Executive Officer of South Ribble Borough Council, Lancashire.

South Ribble Borough Council has appointed a new chief cxecutive who will take up the position this summer. Heather McManus will take over from interim chief executive Jean Hunter.

As former deputy chief executive at Lancaster City Council, Heather McManus has overseen budgets of £100million while leading a team of more than 1,200 people delivering significant change programmes. She has also been involved in the development of the Lancashire Economic Partnership and is currently employed as interim consultant at Enfield Council in London.

Heather was the ACES President in 2012 and sits on the ACES Council.

The current ACES President, Daniella Barrow, said "On behalf of ACES I congratulate our colleague and former ACES President Heather McManus on becoming the Chief Executive of South Ribble Borough Council in Lancashire. Heather we wish you all the very best in your new role and wish you much success."


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Free Training On Managing Local Authority Heritage Assets

12th May 2017

Historic England is developing and delivering a new training course in 2017/18 with partners NPS. Members may already be aware that NPS have written the soon to be published guidance for Historic England on Local Authority Assets(see Terrier - Spring 2017 article), and to promote and disseminate this guidance they are running a number of training events in England this year.

The course details are as follows:

The course is aimed at Asset Managers, Estate Surveyors, Facilities Managers, Planners and anyone engaged with the maintenance and management of Listed Buildings in Local Authority ownership. 

Calling on a range of expert speakers from the Property and Heritage sectors, the course is designed to introduce managers to the variety of historic buildings and sites, the existing tools for good practice and how to achieve benefits from the historic estate. 
Learning outcomes:
•    Understanding the range of heritage assets and signposting where to go for further information on these.
•    Understanding of a framework of ‘best practice’ in managing heritage assets and how heritage can be integrated into asset management plans (AMPs).
•    An understanding of options for ‘action’ for heritage buildings including understanding of the conservation and maintenance aspects of heritage buildings, continuing use, alternative use.
•    An understanding of options for ‘disposal’ for heritage buildings including understanding sale and transfer of day-to-day management and other partnerships, recipients, and the steps taken to safeguard the heritage interest after transfer.
•    Tools for management and recording.

There will be 6 courses run on the following dates:

29/06/2017         West Midlands
27/09/2017         North West
06/12/2017         London 
18/01/2018         East Midlands
21/03/2018         North East
                                East of England (date TBC)

Bookings are open for all of the confirmed dates via the Historic England website: 

This course will be of particular relevance to members. 

If you would like any further information please contact  

Hannah Saxton

Assistant Inspector of Ancient Monuments (Yorkshire), Planning Group, 

Direct dial: 01904 601984      Mobile: 07770 968863

The Terrier 2017 Spring Edition Now Available.

14th Apr 2017

The latest copy of the ACES magazine, The Terrier 2017 Spring Edition, is now available on the website publications page for members.

60 Not Out - A Compilation Of All The Suffolk Scribblers Articles

12th Apr 2017 Download Now

60 Not Out - publication of all the Suffolk Scribblers articles

Following the publication of 60 pieces by the Suffolk Scribbler in the ACES Terrier magazine (totalling over 105,000 words), a project to combine all the published Suffolk Scribblers in a commemorative booklet has been completed.

The project was proposed jointly by William Marshall (a humble nobody from Suffolk) and the current Editor of The Terrier, Betty Albon. The ACES Eastern Branch has provided generous funding to help pay for the professionally produced pdf document.

The ACES President, Daniella Barrow, said "that she is delighted that these delightful and keenly read articles are now all together for all to re-read and enjoy".