The Heritage Crafts Association is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (not-for-profit) governed by a Board of Trustees and run by a small team of part-time staff.
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Daniel Carpenter – Operations Director (part time)
Daniel was one of the founders of the HCA back in 2009 when he was working for Voluntary Arts (the UK and Ireland development agency for active participation in creative cultural activities) and writing about intangible cultural heritage and the role of amateurs in keeping high-level craft skills alive. He led the HCA’s Pre-Apprenticeship Pilot project in West Somerset in 2017, and was commissioned in 2018 as Research Manager of the second edition of the HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts, before being recruited onto the staff team in 2019.
Mary Lewis – Endangered Crafts Manager (part time)
Mary comes from a background steeped in craft. From an early age she could be found in a coracle or on a shave horse and is now a keen knitter and occasional basket maker. Her work experience includes fundraising, project management, and developing accredited training and apprenticeships for coppice crafts. After a few years of yurt life in the South Downs managing the Sustainability Centre, she took up the role of HCA’s Endangered Crafts Officer, making interventions, raising funds and developing projects to prevent heritage crafts skills and knowledge from becoming extinct.
Charlotte Diamond – Membership and Administration Officer (part time)
Charlotte joined the HCA in 2020 as a Membership and Administration Officer. Her interest in heritage crafts was sparked by a curiosity for musical instrument making, and from there she has thoroughly enjoyed discovering the myriad of incredible crafts practiced by our members. When she is not working for the HCA, Charlotte is busy developing her career as an opera singer.
Sally Morgan – Finance Officer (part time)
Sally joined the HCA in 2016 as administrator with responsibility for membership and finance and now focuses purely on the finance side. Prior to joining the HCA she worked in fundraising, arts marketing and audience development, working with festivals, theatre companies, artists and craftspeople. When she is not working for the HCA she is the fundraising manager of an African women’s collaborative and in her spare time helps run a fringe music festival.