The Heritage Crafts Association (operating as ‘Heritage Crafts’) 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
Daniel has worked in the arts, crafts and heritage sectors for over 15 years. He was one of the founders of Heritage Crafts back in 2009 when he was working for Creative Lives (formerly Voluntary Arts) which exists to promote active participation in everyday creativity. He led Heritage Crafts’ Pre-Apprenticeship Pilot project in West Somerset in 2017, and was commissioned in 2018 to lead teh research on the second edition of Red List of Endangered Crafts, before being recruited onto the staff team in 2019. He is a Trustee of Arts&Heritage and an Ambassador of The Fathom Trust.
Mary Lewis – Endangered Crafts Manager
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 basket maker and knitter. 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 Endangered Crafts Manager, making interventions, raising funds and developing projects to prevent heritage crafts skills and knowledge from becoming extinct. She is also Chair of the Ironbridge Coracle Trust.
Lottie Whalen – Events and PR Officer (widening participation)
Lottie joined Heritage Crafts in 2022 as Events and PR Officer. Her previous roles include working with the British Red Cross, The Access Project, Women’s Pioneer Housing and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. She has a PhD in English Literature from Queen Mary University of London, writes on crafts topics, is the Co-Founder of Decorating Dissidence which explores craft as a tool for socio-political change and platforming marginalised voices. She is a knitter, embroiderer and screen printer.
Charlotte Diamond – Membership and Administration Officer
Charlotte joined Heritage Crafts in 2020 as 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 Heritage Crafts, Charlotte is busy developing her career as an opera singer and software engineer.
Sally Morgan – Finance Officer
Sally joined Heritage Crafts in 2016 as administrator with responsibility for membership and finance and now focuses purely on the finance side. Prior to joining Heritage Crafts she worked in fundraising, arts marketing and audience development, working with festivals, theatre companies, artists and craftspeople. When she is not working for Heritage Crafts she is the fundraising manager of an African women’s collaborative and in her spare time helps run a fringe music festival.