A future for all our pasts

Helping our members save the UK’s heritage assets.

Trustees & Staff

Heritage Trust Network has a small team of paid staff who manage and deliver its work. Governance, oversight and strategic direction is provide by our Board of Directors. Our Board members (who are not paid) all work in the heritage sector and have a passion for, and extensive knowledge of, community-led heritage regeneration.

Liz Bates


Liz is a specialist in heritage led regeneration and is a strong advocate for the contribution the Heritage Trust Network’s membership makes to the wider agenda for place-making, regeneration and wellbeing.

David Trevis-Smith

Chair Emeritus

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 was then appointed Chair Emeritus.

Jeremy Fenn


Jeremy has worked at the National Lottery Heritage Fund for over 17 years. He has experience of most of the NLHF's grant programmes and has monitored BPT and townscapes projects across the South West, Wales and East Midlands.

Lorraine Bell


Lorraine manages Fife Historic Buildings Trust, a BPT focused on heritage and community regeneration in Fife through new uses for historic buildings. Close partnership with Fife Council has delivered over £35m of investment over 20 years, in buildings across Fife - making a difference to communities, businesses, visitors and local economies.

Judith Martin


Judith was chair of the South East area for several years, representing the area on the Heritage Trust Network national committee, before moving across to become a member of the Executive in 2014.

Martin Hulse


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.

Adam Hitchings


Adam Hitchings is the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Support Officer for Wales. He advises charities and social enterprises building capacity and project development, providing early project stage seed funding.
Prior to joining the AHF, he worked at the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for almost 15 years in a variety of roles. As a Development Officer he supported organisations throughout Wales in making applications across all grant programmes.

Hopwood DePree


Hopwood represents a key demographic of HTN's growing membership; Start Ups needing to capacity build and network quickly to tackle heritage at risk. He is working to save Hopwood Hall, now owned by Rochdale Borough Council. Owned by the family for five-hundred years until the early 20th century, Hopwood is now working with the local community to provide a new life for the building.

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Alan Clarke


A Chartered Surveyor by background, Alan has spent the past 25 years specialising in the regeneration sector.

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Michael Guy


Michael is the Director of Legal and Governance at the National Lottery Heritage Fund, a position he has held since March 2020. Prior to that he was the Head of Legal for nearly four years, and previously the Heritage at Risk legal advisor for three years both at English Heritage.

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Lisa Brausem


Lisa Brausem is the Guidance Delivery Adviser for Historic England where she supports the heritage sector with the latest expert research and guidance.

Alice Ullathorne

Alice Ullathorne


Alice is a Project Manager at Heritage Lincolnshire with over 20 years’ experience working over the breadth of the heritage sector.

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Minder Kaur Athwal

Trainee Trustee

Minder has a varied career working in marketing, event planning, workshop facilitation and improv comedy. She is known for her problem solving, critical thinking, playfulness and people skills.

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Fleur Elkerton

Trainee Trustee

Fleur is deeply committed to helping engage audiences with stories of heritage, craft, and design, and is very excited to be joining the Heritage Trust Network board.

David Tittle


David joined the Heritage Trust Network as Chief Executive in May 2020. Previously he managed design review and other services for Design South East and before that he was Chief Executive of MADE, the built environment centre for the West Midlands.

Sarah Pearce

Development Officer (Scotland)

Committed to ongoing learning and training in all areas related to Heritage Conservation and Urban Design, Sarah has broad ranging experience within the heritage sector in Scotland. Having joined from the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, Sarah brings with her the skills and expertise to support the growing number of charities and social enterprises working with heritage at risk.

Beverley Gormley

Programme Manager

Bev has managed national and regional projects in the heritage and environmental sectors since 2010, including flagship projects for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, Heritage Lincolnshire and the Woodland Trust.

She is passionate about making heritage and the Network more accessible to disabled people, volunteer training, coaching and up-skilling. Away from work, Bev is a founding committee member of Team GB Junior Roller Derby and has two rescued Labradors.

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Claire-Rose Canavan

Development Officer (Northern Ireland)

Claire-Rose has worked in the arts, culture and heritage sector for nearly ten years. She has a wealth of experience and interest in helping organisations achieve their purpose and meet their objectives.

For the past six years, Claire-Rose has work in Thrive, the Audience Development Agency for Northern Ireland which focuses on using data to bring audiences to organisations by finding common ground based on their individual aims and vision. This background and experience will be invaluable in enabling her to help HTN members in Northern Ireland to reach their goals. Claire-Rose has a deep interest in helping communities realise the importance of heritage to them and their history- but also the relevance it has to people and their future.

Claire-Rose is a certified expert in GDPR and data protection and will be helping to develop support for members in this area. Additionally, she has vast experience in event management and training facilitation and looks forward to bringing these skills to the member of the Heritage Trust Network.

Most importantly, Claire-Rose is a people’s person. Claire-Rose thrives on meeting, learning, and helping people and their organstions reach their full potential. Claire-Rose is always up for a chat so please get in contact if you would like to chat more.

Vicki Cox

Membership Officer

Vicki has a real passion for the work of our members. She is here to help answer members' enquiries and to promote the incredible work that they do.


Tessa Chynoweth

Digital Heroes Project Manager

Tessa Chynoweth is Project Manager for the network’s new Digital Heroes project, which is connecting young volunteers with member organisations.

She is an historian and a curator by training, with an expertise in eighteenth-century domestic space, discovering, sharing and championing untold stories, and connecting the past with the present. She is passionate about partnership and collaborative working, and excited to be working on the project.

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Fae Clark

Heritage Trainee

Fae has recently completed an MA in Sustainable Heritage Management at Aarhus University in Denmark and is looking forward to using her research skills in this position.

Previously, Fae has worked and volunteered for a number of museums and cultural institutions where she has guided visitors. She also has experience of running artistic community workshops and hopes to keep a focus on community perspectives while learning about historic buildings.

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