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Board of Trustees

Chair - Sarah McLeod  Email: sarah.mcleod@heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk

Sarah McLeod graduated from the University of Westminster with a BA in Business and Finance and 18 months management training with Shell UK Oil. She went on to successfully run her own environmental marketing and public relations agency IEM, specialising in developing environmental education projects for school groups on petrochemical refineries and terminals. In 1994 she purchased The Forge Bar and Restaurant in Deddington, Oxfordshire which she ran successfully until its sale in 2002.  A published writer she has made regular contributions to journals including Interdisciplinary Science Review, Greener Management International and currently writes a monthly column for Derbyshire Life magazine. Sarah makes regular contributions to local BBC Radio as a news commentator and is an active member of ERIH, the European Route of Industrial Heritage, sitting on the UK Steering Group. She joined the Arkwright Society in 2002 as Administrator for the Phase 1 Heritage Lottery Fund project and over the course of the next 7 years rose to Visitor Services Manager, Assistant Director, Deputy Director and finally was appointed Chief Executive in 2009. She is currently overseeing a £48 million restoration project at the World Heritage Site. Sarah became Chair in June 2014.

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Chair Emeritus - David Trevis-Smith  email: david@dts-solutions.co.uk

David had been Midlands Area representative on Heritage Trust Network national committee since 2008, before becoming Chair in 2009.  He completed his five year term in 2014 and becomes Chair Emeritus, retaining his position on the Executive Committee for one year. His day job is as a Project Organiser working on a project-by-project basis for several Building Preservation Trusts, and he also provides mentoring support via both Architectural Heritage Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund mentoring programmes and consultancy support as a member of the Locality consultancy Pool.  Beginning with canal restoration schemes, then with regeneration schemes centred upon the repair and viable re-use of historic buildings, David’s passion for building conservation came about as a volunteer member of the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust.  Born into a traditional manufacturing family business in the Black Country, he has a particular interest in industrial heritage. David is a Chartered Director and has an honours degree in Business Studies from the University of Bradford.

Membership Trustee - Judith Martin  Email judith.martin@heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk

Judith was chair of the South East region for several years, representing the area on the Heritage Trust Network national committee, before ceding the chair to Diana Beattie while moving across to become a member of the Executive in 2014. She became smitten with conservation after discovering SAVE’s ‘Tomorrow’s Ruins’ at the same time as coming across the abandoned house of one of the old coal owners in the north east. Ruins still exert a strong pull. After degrees in architecture and historic conservation, she realised she was far more interested in the buildings that make the backcloth - industrial remains or artisans’ housing. She has worked in the preservation trust sector for 20 years and by a neat circular process now finds herself campaigning - in the persistent and often thankless way familiar to everyone in the field - for the rescue and reuse of the last buildings of the East Kent coal field, at Snowdown.


Trustee - Liz Bates   Email: liz.bates@heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk

Liz has worked in historic building conservation for 15 years and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Lincolnshire in 2013. She is a full member of the IHBC; has project managed the repair and re-use of three historic buildings at risk; and has a wide experience of area grant schemes. Liz is a strong advocate of engaging people in heritage and has designed and delivered several education and volunteering projects, including the Lincolnshire Heritage at Risk project, which was a national pilot. She has previously worked for the National Trust as a Vernacular Buildings Surveyor and for the University of Nottingham in their Manuscripts and Special Collections Department. As a member of the Heritage Trust Network Midlands committee since 2010, Liz has gained a huge amount from working with the committee colleagues and members within the organisation and is keen to support it in achieving its future ambitions


Trustee - Richard Keen  Email: richard.keen@heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk

Richard has over forty years of involvement with the heritage of Wales He currently runs a  consultancy specialising in  working with local communities in developing their heritage as an aid to economic & cultural regeneration.

He worked for the National Museum of Wales (Welsh Industrial & Maritime Museum)  and the National Trust, with direct responsibility for the care and conservation of historic buildings & landscapes and the implementation and management of medium and large scale projects. During his time with the National Trust he was also Advisor for Industrial Heritage

He has served on the Historic Buildings Council for Wales (Chairman from May 2004 to July 2010), the Ancient Monuments Board for Wales and the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Wales. He is the author of over fifty books and articles on aspects of Welsh heritage.  He wrote, presented and contributed to over sixty radio and television programmes on heritage in Wales

At the moment he is the Trustee for Wales on the Architectural Heritage Fund and Director, Welsh Georgian Trust and the Commodum Trust  He has recently been appointed to the committees of the Pembrey Mountain Trust and  the Land Phil Global Trust


Trustee - Maria Perks  Email: maria.perks@heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk

Maria Perks has over twenty five years' experience of working in the historic buildings sector, with a particular emphasis on community led projects and initiatives.  She worked for the Architectural Heritage Fund, a national charity, for 18 years, managing its Options Appraisal Grants programme and advising building preservation trusts and community groups across the UK on project development.  She moved to Glasgow in 2005, and from 2007-11 was Projects Adviser for the Prince’s Regeneration Trust. 

Since 2011, Maria has worked as a free lance projects consultant working in particular with community organisations seeking sustainable solutions for historic buildings at risk.  In January 2016 she will take a part time role as Development Officer for the Glasgow City Heritage Trust.

Maria has been a trustee of the UK Association of Preservation Trusts and Chair of its Scottish Area Committee since 2011.  She is a member of the Scottish Historic Environment Forum – a body tasked by the Scottish Government  with overseeing the implementation of its comprehensive Strategy for the Historic Environment (Our place in Time, March 2014).

In the summer, Maria works as a seasonal National Park Ranger for Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.  In her spare time, she can usually be found putting theory into practice at her remote cottage in Argyll working on her own building restoration project or undertaking some heavy-duty woodland management. 


Trustee - Martin Hulse  Email: martin.hulse@heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk

Martin is a Project Manager working in regeneration with specialisms in heritage, sustainability and the implementation of public art.  He has worked in the public, private and third sector and now focuses on the work of building preservation trusts and champions the role of small charitable organisations in making a big impact. 

Recently he has restored: a monastic cell on a small island that is now used as a RSPB wardens cottage; an old navigational lighthouse that is now used as a heritage centre by a local community group; a staith on the River Tyne with the objective of creating an urban pier; and an engine house on a rope hauled railway that is now a workshop.

He is currently on site restoring a pair of bottle kilns with future projects including: a lodge in a cemetery; a pit head from a redundant colliery; an architects bespoke office in an industrial landscape; and the banqueting hall of a famous industrialist.

Martin’s work starts with the identification of potential projects.  He then takes the building through options appraisal, project development, detailed design, project delivery.  Critical to all this work is the understanding of the long term impact on the Trust of taking on a new project and dealing with its legacy.  


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Funding and Technical Officer- Elizabeth Perkins Email: elizabeth.perkins@heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk

Elizabeth has over 30 year’s experience of working in heritage, starting at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and 15 years of managing historic building projects. Many of you will know her from her years as Director of Birmingham Conservation Trust, when she was responsible for the Back to Backs project, now run by the National Trust, and for the Coffin Works project, Heritage Trust Network’s new home. 

Since leaving the Trust she has worked on the Ditherington Flax Mill project (first iron framed building in the world) where she secured £23m in funding for the repairs to the building. She also helped draft the successful £5m HLF bid for the Hartlebury Castle BPT and managed a partnership project in Birmingham for the National Trust and Canal and River Trust.

Elizabeth isn’t new to Heritage Trust Network as she has previously been the chair of the Midlands region.  Her experience means that she is very familiar with the types of issues and challenges that trusts will encounter in their work.

Membership Officer- Vicki Cox Email: vicki.cox@heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk

Vicki is new to the world of heritage but has a real passion for the work of BPTs.  Having volunteered at Birmingham Conservation Trust’s ‘Coffin Works’, she understands the importance of trusts’ work post completion as well as in the early stages and is keen to increase Heritage Trust Network’s role in this area

Area Representatives

Martin Hulse North East and Yorkshire Representative

Maria Perks, Glasgow Buildings Preservation Trust Scottish Area Representative

Alan Coday. Mid Essex Historic Building Trust East Anglia Area Representative

Diana Beattie South East Area Representative

Claire Donovan   South West Area Representative  

Richard Keen  Cytal/Heritage Trust Network Wales Representative

Kate Dickson, Creative Heritage  Midlands Area Representative

John Miller MBE, Heritage Trust for the North West North West

Brenda Turnbull, Lagan Canal Trust  Northern Ireland Representative



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