The man who set up London’s “buildings at risk” programme to protect historical heritage sites has been made an OBE in the New Year’s Honours.

Conservation expert Philip Davies was a leading figure and director of English Heritage for many years who has written many books on architecture including Lost London 1870-1945, one of the best-selling books on London ever published. 

The 74-year-old who grew up in Hampstead Garden Suburb and went to Tollington grammar school in Muswell Hill before going to Cambridge for his history degree, was director of Historic England’s London region from 1997 to 2005 and then its planning director.

He is a member of the Heritage of London Trust and also the founder and chief executive of the Commonwealth Heritage Forum who set up a £12million Heritage Skills training programme for the Late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee — the largest heritage project in the Commonwealth’s history.

His books also include Lost London 1870-1945 published in 2009, Panoramas of Lost London in 2011 and Images of Lost London 1875-45 and London Hidden Interiors both published in 2012.