To promote the teaching and practice of the conservation of the historical and constructional heritage in the form of buildings of historical or constructional interest.
It achieves this by funding educational institutions, groups and individuals to provide or attend skills training on approved specialist conservation courses.
John Drake was brought up in Devon and trained as an architect at Kingston Polytechnic and had a long career in the Greater London Council historic buildings works section until its winding up when he continued in the London Region of English Heritage as it was then. He advised on buildings at risk and grant work on historic buildings and churches.
He has lived most of his life in Earls Court, London and is active at his local church, in local politics, and he belongs to many heritage organisations. He has amassed a large library focusing on architecture, and travelled widely - particularly by ship - his father being a ship's pilot.
He was an active liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects, and was awarded the Esher Award by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 2016 for services to historic buildings and heritage.
Being the only benefactor of his parents’ estates, John provided an endowment, and set up The Drake Trust with Dorian Crone and nominated trustees from the RIBA, and SPAB and others to help further the cause of historic building conservation which has always been close to his heart.