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 – Executive 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 project in West Somerset in 2017, and was commissioned in 2018 to lead the 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, an Ambassador of The Fathom Trust and a judge for the Global Eco Artisan Awards.
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.
Bizz Fretty – Membership and Administration Officer
Bizz is a third-generation fiber artist. Her passion for making historical skills and objects accessible to everyone led her to work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum, and the Royal Academy of Arts. Prior to Heritage Crafts, Bizz grew the following for the AKC Museum of the Dog to 50,000 and fully reorganised the membership database. She completed a Master’s degree in Medieval Studies at King’s College London, focusing on Viking Age nalbinding. When she is not researching more medieval socks and mittens, Bizz is rolling another ball of yarn for a crochet project.
Tess Osman – Grants and Awards Officer
Tess comes from a creative family and is passionate about safeguarding heritage craft skills and stories for generations to come. Tess is a keen green-wood worker, using predominantly green ash to make cleft-wood chairs and weaving ash-splint baskets with hand tools in traditional ways. With a varied career, mainly within the charity sector, Tess brings a wealth of knowledge in grant giving, fundraising, marketing and communications. When Tess is not bodging, she can be found along the coast path in north Cornwall with her dog Skye, or developing her Coptic bookbinding.
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.