A future for all our pasts

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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

Head and shoulders image of Claire-Rose standing in a garden.

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.

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