Meet the team
The Churches Conservation Trust is a registered charity governed by a Board of Trustees, with a staff team of around 50 people.
The Churches Conservation Trust is a registered charity governed by a Board of Trustees.
The Board delegates day-to-day management of the charity to the Chief Executive who leads a small senior management team who themselves manage around 50 (full time equivalent) staff working in national and regional teams.
The staff are from many professional backgrounds and are responsible for ensuring that our churches are in good repair and open to the public. They support over 1,000 regular volunteers and manage a wide range of projects and events.
Our Board of Trustees
Elizabeth Peace CBE
Liz was appointed Chair of CCT's Board of Trustees in January 2022.
Liz was Chief Executive of the British Property Federation for thirteen years until her retirement in 2014. She was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to the property industry. Liz has been a member of CCT’s Board of Trustees since October 2013, supporting and guiding the Trust through periods of change and growth. Since 2017 Liz additionally acted as Chair of the Finance, and Comittee Audit and also serves as a Director and Chair of CCTEL.
Liz now has a portfolio career with a range of non-executive, advisory and charity roles, at Howard de Walden Estates, RPS Group, RDI REIT, Holtby Turner, and the Churches Conservation Trust. She is Chair of the Architectural Heritage Fund and Centre for London and President of the Property Litigation Association. She is a member of the Mayor of London’s Homes for Londoners Board and chairs the Government Property Agency. In 2017 Liz was appointed Chair of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) and in 2018 she was appointed Chair of the shadow Sponsor Board for the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme.
Sue Wilkinson was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2017.
Sue is a Commissioner at Historic England, and a Trustee at English Heritage and the Canal & River Trust. She is also Deputy Chair at the Medical Research Foundation. Sue was a Board Director at the National Trust until the end of 2016 with responsibility for membership, fundraising, volunteering/participation and led several multi-million pound IT projects, and a successful brand review. Previously Sue was a Board director at the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), a Trustee at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich and served on the Visit England Board and as a Trustee of the Institute of Fundraising.
Dr Oliver Cox
Dr Oliver Cox was appointed to the Board of Trustees in February 2022.
Oliver is Head of Academic Partnerships at the V&A, where he is responsible for building a global network of higher education partners to enable the V&A to deliver its mission to enrich people’s lives by promoting research, knowledge and enjoyment of the designed world to the widest possible audience.
He has a strong understanding of the role of church buildings at the heart of local communities and has a wealth of experience and connections in the academic sector.
William Donaldson was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2017.
Will moved from his native Canada to read Theology at the University of Wales. He gained early-career property management experience within the Church of England. He became a founding partner of Mainstay Group growing it to be one of the largest residential management providers in the UK serving some of the UK's largest pension funds. As Chair he led it to a successful sale to Firstport in 2020. He now directs his energies into the joys and challenges of stewarding the land he farms for biodiversity and ecological restoration in the Cotswolds whilst developing his emergent practice as a garden designer. Will is delighted that his CCT trusteeship brings his love of churches and our built heritage together with the opportunity for entrepreneurial thinking.
Reverend Canon Timothy Goode
Reverend Canon Timothy Goode joined CCT’s Board of Trustees on 1st November 2020.
Tim studied Music at Huddersfield Polytechnic and trained as a secondary School teacher at the Roehampton Institute. He was Director of Music of Homefield School from 1995-2007. He trained for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon and served his title at Croydon Minster, in the diocese of Southwark and was ordained priest in 2010.
From 2012-2018, Tim was Team Vicar of St Luke’s Whyteleafe and St Peter and St Paul, Chaldon, part of the Caterham Team ministry and until July 2023 Tim was the Rector of St Margaret’s Lee in the Southwark Diocese.
Tim was the Southwark Diocesan Disability Advisor from 2013 – 2021 and in that role served concurrently on the Southwark Diocesan Advisory Council.
Tim is a member of the National Disability Task Group, which advises the Archbishops on disability issues.
From February 2015 to September 2023 Tim represented the Southwark Clergy as a member of the General Synod and Tim represented the General Synod House of Clergy on the Archbishops’ Council from February 2021 to September 2023.
Tim was installed as Canon of Congregational Discipleship and Nurture at York Minster on the 9th of September 2023, a role that includes being a senior executive of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sir Simon Jenkins FSA FRSL
Journalist and writer Sir Simon Jenkins FSA FRSL was appointed to the Board of Trustees in January 2016.
A broadcaster, journalist and former Chair of the National Trust, Sir Simon has a keen interest and knowledge of historic churches and is the author of the popular Penguin books ‘England’s Thousand Best Churches’, 'England's Cathedrals' and 'Europe’s 100 Best Cathedrals'.
Sir Simon writes for The Guardian and was previously a commentator and editor for the Evening Standard and The Times. Sir Simon was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to Journalism in 2004.
Inayat Omarji MBE
Inayat Omarji was appointed to the Board of Trustees in February 2022.
Inayat has been instrumental on leading the development of All Souls Bolton, one of the Churches Conservation Trust’s flagship projects and has been a strong advocate for the work of the Trust in the local community. He has a passionate interest in community engagement and was awarded an MBE for services to Built Heritage and the Community in Bolton. He has strong strategic leadership experience gained from his career as a senior manager in the statutory and charity sector, in particular working with Black and Minority Ethnic communities, supporting many local and national partners and organisations to make a difference at grassroots.
Inayat is also engaged with the were right here campaign as a national leader, working toward building a movement for community power, spanning places and communities across the UK as well as the political spectrum.
Dr Emma Wells
Emma Wells was appointed to the Board of Trustees in February 2023.
Emma is an author, broadcaster, a Principal Historic Buildings Consultant, and was a former Lecturer in Ecclesiastical and Architectural History at the University of York. Emma’s connection to the CCT extends back to 2015, as programme leader of the first postgraduate degree in the UK devoted to parish churches (and the MA in English Building History), and run in partnership with the Trust.
Erin Walsh was appointed to the Board of Trustees in February 2023.
Erin has over 18 years’ experience leading major programmes in the Built Environment across the not for profit, private, public and academic sectors. As a senior urban designer for Liverpool City Council, Erin developed design and place strategies for the city and neighbourhoods in collaboration with communities, including work with the conservation team on historic buildings. As the Director of Built Environment at Connected Places Catapult, Erin develops and leads programmes that innovate traditional markets and sectors such as housing, planning, net zero place making, and infrastructure. Working in partnership with central and local government, industry, academia and communities to provide more innovative and sustainable approaches to the built environment.
Tanvir Hasan was appointed to the Board of Trustees in February 2023.
Tanvir is a practising conservation architect, a field in which she has worked for over 25 years. She is Deputy Chairman and lead Director of Donald Insall London and is an accredited conservation architect with extensive experience of conservation and regeneration. Tanvir has worked on many restoration and regeneration projects of Grade I listed churches such as Wren’s St. Edmund King and Martyr, recently for St. Marks North Audley Street, and St. John’s Smith Square. Her projects focus on managing change and unlocking the potential of historic fabric and sensitive heritage sites, and this work has been the subject of award-winning schemes along Regent Street, and North Audley Street. Tanvir has been a trustee of the Museum of the Home, is a trustee of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and sits on the Fabric Committee of the Royal Albert Hall, and is a member of Historic England’s London Advisory Committee
Our Senior Management Team
Greg Pickup joined the Churches Conservation Trust as Chief Executive in September 2022. Prior to this, Greg was CEO of Heritage Lincolnshire, one of the largest and most active building preservation trusts in the country. His tenure at Heritage Lincolnshire coincided with the covid pandemic which brought about the biggest transformation in the organisation’s 30-year history and saw it emerging stronger than ever, growing from a headcount of 36 to 65 in under three years. He oversaw the Trust’s successful completion and opening of the Old King’s Head near Boston as a B&B, café and community space, efforts to secure c. £8m of Town Deal funding for the charity’s projects across the county and plans to bring the at-risk and vacant Greyfriars in Lincoln back into use.
Greg’s career in heritage began with nearly six years at the National Lottery Heritage Fund, following which he managed several projects and funding schemes, most recently Nottingham City Council’s Carrington Street Townscape Heritage Scheme and the Other Stories LGBT History Project for the charity Derbyshire LGBT+. He served on the board of trustees of the Arkwright Society, custodians of Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mills complex in the heart of Derbyshire’s Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and is also on the board and the grants panel of the Architectural Heritage Fund.
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Sarah Robinson OBE
Director of Conservation and Deputy Chief Executive
After studying engineering at Leicester University Sarah spent six years as a structural engineer in London, working on a number of historic buildings including Hampton Court Palace and Southwell Minster.
In 1991 she won a scholarship with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and spent 9 months gaining hands-on experience of historic building repair and conservation. In 1995 Sarah joined us as a Conservation Manager and became Director of Conservation in 2003. In 2010 Sarah became Deputy Chief Executive.
Currently representing the 5 Amenity Societies on St George’s Chapel, Windsor’s Fabric Advisory Committee, Sarah also chairs their Technical Advisory sub-group.
Sarah was awarded the OBE for services to Heritage in 2021.
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Director of Operations
Judith Patrick joined the Churches Conservation Trust as Operations Manager, North in August 2017 and was Head of Region, North before taking up the role of Interim Director of Operations at the end of March 2023. Prior to this, Judith worked for National Trust for 6 years, managing sites in West Yorkshire and project operations in Cheshire. During this time she led improvements in commercial performance and innovative partnership work on art installations and landscape scale conservation. For 12 years Judith was a civil servant in the Court Service, focusing on facilities management.
Judith has worked in the charity sector since 2002, delivering local and regional grant programmes focused on areas of deprivation in rural and former coalfield communities, aiming to improve the socio economic situation of the people and places within the schemes. She has a strong background in working with volunteers and carries this through into her free time. She established Holmfirth Civic Hall Community Trust to care for and manage Holmfirth Civic Hall in her home town, serving as chair for 7 years and is the cattle secretary and a director for Honley Agricultural Society.
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Director of Finance and Commercial
Chris joined The Churches Conservation Trust as Director of Finance and Commercial in July 2023.
After studying Accountancy and Finance at The University of Stirling, Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997, being a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales.
For over 20 years Chris has headed up and run finance departments across a range of industries, including retail and e-commerce, technology and Film and Television Studio facilities management.
In his last role, at Elstree Film Studios, he worked in a wholly owned subsidiary of a Local Authority, where he was seconded from running the finance function to being the Interim Acting Managing Director of the company for the 18 months prior to leaving, and in this role he oversaw the completion of a significant expansion of the site, with funding from the local authority and the local enterprise partnership, as well as undertaking the redesign and re-launch of its hospitality and catering facilities. He instigated a program of refurbishments and upgrades for the site, which was home to many famous film and TV franchises.
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