Michael Taylor, is a town planner and specialist in the conservation of the built historic environment. He worked for many years for Leicester City Council and was the council's Senior Building Conservation Officer. In this role he was the author of the first The Quality of Leicester and a revised version published in 1997. From 2000 to 2013 Michael worked for English Heritage in the West Midlands region. He is now an independent practitioner in planning and conservation. He is an honorary fellow in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester and teaches conservation in practice and urban sustainability at the university. Michael is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation Institute (IHBC). He chairs the editorial board for the IHBC journal context and is recognised by the IHBC as a historic environment service provider.