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.
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 is the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Wales Development Manager. 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 represents a key demographic of Heritage Trust Network'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.
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.
Emma Rose Berry is a Partner and Advanced Level Conservation Accredited Architect at LDN Architects in Edinburgh, where she leads historic building transformation projects located across the UK.
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.
David is based in England and works Monday – Friday
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.
Sarah is based in Scotland and works Monday – Friday
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 is a trustee of the Open Bionics Foundation.
Beverley is based in England and works Monday – Friday
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.
Vicki is based in England and works Monday – Thursday
Jessica van der Drift
Jess is passionate about the positive impact heritage has on its locality. Having started her career in education at a war memorial, Jess went on to complete a MA in Museum and Heritage Development focusing on ways communities engage with heritage.
As a Heritage Trainee for the Essential Networks project, Jess is excited to turn the theory into practice whilst helping to provide more support to community-led heritage organisations.
Jessica is based in England and works Monday – Friday
Marissa originally studied Classics but went on to study a Museum Studies masters. She has a range of experience with community-based heritage organisations. She is especially interested in environmental sustainability within the heritage sector.
Marissa will be based in Scotland and is excited to connect with all kinds of heritage organisations and explore historic buildings across the country.
Marissa is based in Scotland and works Monday – Thursday
Izabella studied History for her undergraduate degree, followed by Cultural Heritage Management with Tourism. Since graduating from her MSc she has worked in both the heritage and community arts sectors, and is especially interested community engagement in heritage.
Izabella is based in Wales and is thrilled to start getting to know the various heritage organisations across the country, and exploring how she can support them.
Izabella is based in Wales and works Monday – Friday