Who we are

The Heritage Crafts Association is a volunteer-led Charitable Incorporated Organisation (not-for-profit) governed by a board of trustees and run with the support of a small team of part-time staff, advisors and volunteers.

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President

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

 

Board of trustees

 

Patricia Lovett MBE FRSA – Chair

Patricia Lovett was Vice-Chair of the Heritage Crafts Association from when it was founded to when she took up the role of Chair in 2017. She is a professional scribe and illuminator who has written over a dozen books, her latest being ‘The Art and History of Calligraphy’ published by the British Library. Patricia teaches and lectures all over the world and specialises in traditional manuscript skills.
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Victoria Wilson – Secretary

Vicky is an archaeologist and librarian by training and has over seven years’ experience of working in the heritage sector. Currently Librarian of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, her career has focused on caring for and engaging audiences with our material culture in a range of collections, from specialist libraries to historic houses. She is now keen to help promote and preserve the intangible skills that make such a rich contribution to our living heritage and took over as HCA Secretary in March 2018.
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Sarah Kolkman – Treasurer

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Richard Hobbs FRSA – Vice Chair

Richard is a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Member of RICS and Member of the Royal Anthropological Society. He actively promotes craft skills training within engineering, education, and associated disciplines, and oversees the apprentice training for the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers. Richard is a Liveryman of the Company of Gunmakers and a Freeman of the City of London.
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Robin Wood MBE

Robin Wood is an internationally respected wood worker specialising in the use of local timbers and traditional techniques, as well as wood working tool maker. His extensive research into the history of foot-powered pole lathe bowl turning led to publication of the definitive book on the history of the wooden bowl – The Wooden Bowl. The last person to work in this way retired in 1958, and Robin taught himself the necessary techniques as well as making most of the tools for his work.
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Dr Chrissie Freeth

Chrissie is a tapestry weaver based in Yorkshire. She has been interested in historical textiles for twenty years and first learned to weave on a warp-weighted loom as an undergraduate. She has been an Artist in Residence for the National Trust and was previously a features writer for UK Handmade magazine, weaving features editor of the Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. She is included in the Crafts Council’s directory of British craftworkers and in 2016 was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship to study medieval tapestry techniques in Belgium, France, Switzerland and the US. For several years she has been a trustee of the Heritage Crafts Association and edits its newsletter.
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Helen Nichols

Helen has been working in the not-for-profit sector as a fundraiser in a range of organisations for the last five years. Most recently she worked at the RAF Museum managing membership, events and individual giving. She is currently a corporate fundraiser for Centrepoint, a youth homelessness charity. She is passionate about arts and crafts, regularly attending exhibitions and enjoy photography. She is also a member of the Young People In the Arts organisation.
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Ambrita Shahani FRSA

Originally from Mumbai, Ambrita moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. After working at Net-A-Porter.com and Burberry, she currently heads the couture studio at Alexander McQueen. Ambrita is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Trustee of the Alexandra Rose Charity (which educates low income families on the benefits of healthy eating), Dress for Success (an international charity that empowers women to achieve economic independence), and PLUS (a charity that provides shelter for people with learning disabilities). She also mentors young designers at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art.
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Judit Seymour

Judit trains financial services professionals in risk management globally and lends her professional experience to Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner as a non-executive director and Bedford Girls’ School as well as Heritage Craft Association as a trustee. At the start of her career, Judit was a barrister followed by a move to the City and risk management in various financial services companies, including board roles. She is a serial knitter and relishes long-haul travel to give time to her knitting projects.
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Laura Southall

Laura is now Head of Learning & Community at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, following nearly a decade of working in large London museums. When managing the residency programme at the V&A she loved working closely with artists and makers in their studios, in particular the museum’s ceramic studio, and this is where her interest in heritage crafts began. In 2017 she coordinated the Heritage Crafts Association’s Red List of Endangered Crafts launch at the House of Lords and the HCA’s annual conference.
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Katy Bevan FRSA

Katy is a curator, writer and educator specialising in craft. She has worked in craft book and magazine publishing for over twenty years including working for Ceramic Review, Selvedge and Rowan. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Katy was previously Learning and Participation Manager at the Crafts Council where she was responsible for the Firing Up and Craft Club initiatives. She believes in the benefits of craft for health and wellbeing and is usually to be found knitting.
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Louise Butler

Louise began her career in museums as a costume and textiles curator but, since moving to Scotland in 1990, she has gathered extensive experience in arts development and project management working in a freelance capacity.  Louise maintains her work as an independent crafts curator but with a particular interest in heritage skills.  Since writing Scottish Arts Council’s first advocacy document for indigenous crafts ‘Glorious Obsession’ in 1997, she has continued to work with individual makers, artists and community groups and particularly enjoys this direct involvement.  She served as a Board member for Craft Scotland for six years, latterly as Co-Chair.
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Staff

Lisa Carruthers – Administrator

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Sally Morgan – Membership and Awards Officer

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Mary Lewis – Endangered Crafts Officer

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Patrons

 

Lord Cormack – Conservative Peer

Conservative Peer after being an MP for many years, Lord Cormack was made a peer in 2010 and is an active member of the House of Lords. He takes an interest in historical issues, particularly those related to English Heritage. He is also a very knowledgeable parliamentary historian and has written many books on subjects ranging from the history of parliament, British castles, English cathedrals, and a book on William Wilberforce. Patrick Cormack has been a trustee of the Churches Preservation Trust since 1972, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He has been a council member of British Archaeology since 1979, and is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass. From 1983-93, he was a Trustee on the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Lord Cormack was chair of the All Party Arts and Heritage Committee, and is a strong supporter of the HCA.

Sir Christopher Frayling – Rector at Royal College of Art (1996 – 2009)

Sir Christopher Frayling has a deep interest in art, design and craft, and has written extensively on the subjects including his book On Craftsmanship. He was the Chairman of Arts Council England from 2005-2009 and has also been Chairman of the Design Council, Chairman of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, and a Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was a governor of the British Film Institute in the 1980s. Christopher Frayling was awarded a knighthood for Services to Art and Design Education in 2001. He has written and presented television series such as The Art of Persuasion on advertising and Strange Landscape on the Middle Ages.

Kaffe Fassett – textile designer

Kaffe Fassett is an American-born artist who has resided in England since 1964 and is best known for his colourful designs in the decorative arts – needlepoint, patchwork, knitting, painting and ceramics. His work was the subject of a 1988 one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the first time a living textile artist had such a show there, and which then went on to tour nine countries. Author of more than 30 books, he has hosted craft-related television and radio programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, including his own show, Glorious Colour.

Emma Bridgewater – ceramics producer

Emma Bridgewater is the owner of of the eponymous pottery, based in Stoke. Noted for their polka dot design among others, the company specialises in pottery with motifs drawing on expertise and traditional techniques stretching back over 200 years and is one of the largest pottery manufacturers based entirely in the UK.

Mark Henderson – Chairman of Gieves and Hawkes, No. 1 Savile Row

Chairman of Gieves and Hawkes, No. 1 Savile Row Mark Henderson is a strong supporter of British craft, and set up ‘Savile Row Bespoke’ in 2004 to protect and promote the art of hand-craft tailoring on Savile Row. In 2012 he also established ‘The New Craftsman’, an initiative of pop-up shops and a website to promote and sell quality British craft. Mark is a Trustee of QEST, the Royal Warrant Holders Association’s charity, which funds scholarships for craftsmanship. He has been a mentor on Walpole’s ‘Crafted’ programme, and is a mentor on the London Business School’s Entrepreneurship Summer School, and also chairs the Walpole/LBS Innovation in Luxury competition.

Dr Alex Langlands – archaeologist and television presenter

‘The Victorian Farm’, which aired in January 2009, followed Alex and team for a full calendar year exploring rural life in the Victorian era. The follow up ‘Edwardian Farm’ saw Alex rick building, tanning, barrel making, lobster-pot making, hedging and forging a Devon-style bill hook. Most recently Alex has completed the series with ‘Wartime Farm’. Alex has recently completed his PhD on Travel and communication in early medieval Wessex. Alex has worked on archaeological sites throughout Europe, has a keen interest in rural crafts and runs a number of archaeology and local history courses.

Paul Martin – television presenter

Paul Martin studied art and woodwork at Falmouth College of Arts and is best known for being the presenter of various BBC programmes including Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution and Flog It!

Professor May Cassar – Professor of Sustainable Heritage at UCL

Professor May Cassar is the Director of the University College London Institute for Sustainable Heritage, where she has led the resurgence of heritage science research activity in the UK over the last decade, and for which she has been recognised by the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association with the award of the Plowden Gold Medal in 2012.  At an international level, May has worked on projects with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICCROM, European Parliament, European Commission and National Governments to develop strategic approaches to the preservation of cultural heritage.

 

Special advisors

 

Tanya Harrod

Visiting Professor, Department of Design History at the Royal College of Art. Tanya is the author ‘The Crafts in Britain in the 20th Century’ (Yale University Press, 1999). Trained as an art historian, she is a co-editor of the Journal of Modern Craft.

Harriet Deacon

Visiting Research Fellow at Faculty of Arts, Open University.
Special advisor on intangible cultural heritage.

Michael Osbaldeston

Senior Adviser, City & Guilds.
Special advisor on qualifications.

Daniel Carpenter

AHRC-funded PhD researcher in traditional crafts and intangible heritage in the School of Geography at the University of Exeter. Daniel is one of the founding Trustees of the Association, serving in that capacity for nine years until 2018.

Greta Bertram

Curator, Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts. Greta was long-standing Trustee and Secretary of the Association for seven years, stepping down in 2018.

Tracy Hill

SME business advisor for the cultural heritage and art sector and author of Getting Into Heritage Crafts (2017).
Special advisor on training.

Anne Canning

Special advisor on human resources.

Steve Byrne

Co-owner of Lackan Cottage Farm, a low impact, permaculture smallholding in County Down and former web-content professional.
Special advisor on information technology.

 

Honorary lifetime members

 

Dr Brian Crossley

Catherine Dyson

Daniel Carpenter

Greta Bertram