David Mitchell is Director of Conservation at Historic Environment Scotland, the national heritage body with responsibility for over 300 of Scotland’s most treasured places and collections. He has a long-held interest in the history of Scottish ironwork and its conservation and has been involved in a number of conservation projects across the UK and overseas. David is responsible for Scotland’s Building Conservation Centre, the Engine Shed, which opened in 2017. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in science and a PhD in architecture, is an Honorary Professor at the University of Stirling, a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and a trustee of various cultural institutions. Prior to working for HES, David was a consultant with a private firm undertaking conservation work in the industrial heritage field, specialising in iron structures. He has taught and published widely on the subject.