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Helping our members save the UK’s heritage assets.

Trustees & Staff

Heritage Trust Network is run by a Board of Trustees, with the support of a very small central team of paid staff. Our Trustees are all professional volunteers working in the heritage sector, with a passion for, and extensive knowledge of, community-led historic building preservation and regeneration.

Liz Bates


Liz worked in historic building conservation for over 15 years and was appointed as Head of Investment (England, Midlands & East) of the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2020. She is a full member of the IHBC; is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; has project managed the repair and re-use of three historic buildings at risk; and has a wide experience of area grant schemes.

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.

Brenda Turnbull


Brenda Turnbull is the Chief Officer of the Lagan Navigation Trust, founded in 2009, whose main objective is to reopen the Lagan Navigation from Belfast Harbour to Lough Neagh. Brenda has worked in property development in both the public and private sectors and in urban and rural regeneration for many years.

Jeremy Fenn


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

Judith Martin


Judith was chair of the South East area 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Qualified in business, marketing and urban design, he has spent over 20 years leading teams and organisations dedicated to improving the quality of places, spaces and buildings. He has participated in three different heritage trusts in Coventry and the Black Country as a trustee, volunteer and manager. David is a passionate advocate for the wider benefits that heritage buildings, structures and landscapes bring to people and places.

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.

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 to heritage at risk.

Beverley Gormley

Programme Manager: Unlocking the Power of Communities

Beverley has managed national and regional projects in the heritage and environmental sectors since 2010. Her projects have involved managing the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts’ national flagship Nature Friendly Schools programme, managing Heritage Lincolnshire’s Layers of History landscape archaeology project, the Woodland Trust’s national Community Trees project and Nature’s Calendar Citizen Science project. She also co-ordinated Lincolnshire’s county-wide annual Heritage Open Days festival and developed the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival.

She is passionate about volunteer training, coaching and up-skilling and helping groups to make more of their resources, manage projects more efficiently and promote their local heritage in a digital world. Beverley has personal experience of forming a successful, constituted group involving people from varied backgrounds who share a single vision and now mentors other groups in a similar situation.

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