Darren McLean has over 30 years of experience in the conservation field as a practitioner of traditional carpentry and joinery. He has an MSc in Building Conservation from Bournemouth University, UK. After completing a carpentry apprenticeship in Australia, he settled in Scotland and began working with lime mortars. In 2010, he formed a conservation business, Timber & Lime Conservation, where he focuses on the conservation and repair of historic decorative and structural timber, lime mortars, brick, stone and decorative plasters, and tessellated floors. He has been a guest lecturer in conservation materials and techniques at Strathclyde University, and he teaches conservation courses accredited by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) for the Glasgow City Heritage Trust, as well as conservation classes for the Yangon Heritage Trust in Myanmar. In 2018, he was appointed an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong to teach materials and techniques in the postgraduate conservation curriculum.