Board of Trustees

Meet our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees all give their time and contribute their varied expertise, knowledge and experience without payment. The board meets quarterly. 

The Board's members come to the Trust with specific skill sets relevant to different areas of our work, ranging from legal and business management skills to knowledge and experience of working on architectural, conservation and regeneration projects as well as extensive experience in the heritage and volunteering sectors.

As well as the part they play in board meetings some trustees are involved in sub-committees and working groups which focus on specific areas of our work.

Our Board of Trustees

  • Elizabeth Peace CBE

    Chair

    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

    Deputy Chair

    Sue was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2017. She is a Commissioner at Historic England, a Trustee at the Canal & River Trust, Chair of the Living Waterways Awards and a Board Director at the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).  She is also a Trustee 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 tourism.

    At the Trust she led several multi-million pound IT and digital projects, a successful brand review and developed the Trust’s approach to visitor experience and customer service. Until 2018 she was a Trustee at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich and in earlier years she served on the Visit England Board and as a Trustee of the Institute of Fundraising.

  • Dr Oliver Cox

    Oliver is an academic historian. As Heritage Engagement Fellow, he leads Oxford University’s Humanities Division’s engagement with both the UK and international heritage sectors. 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

    William Donaldson was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2017. Born and raised in Western Canada, he moved to the UK to read Theology at the University of Wales. Following an early charity-sector career in property management with the Church of England, he became a founding shareholder, now Group Director and Co-Chair of Mainstay Group, providing industry-leading services to the property sector. He has also led successful joint venture projects, notably with the Pemberstone Group in acquiring residential freeholds between 2006-2011. A significant voice in residential asset management, he continues to work with some of the UK's largest pension funds.

    Will is delighted that his CCT trusteeship brings together his love for churches, architecture and entrepreneurship.

  • 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 2012-18, Tim was Team Vicar of St Luke’s Whyteleafe and St Peter and St Paul, Chaldon, part of the Caterham Team ministry. He is presently the Rector of St Margaret’s Lee and also the Disability Advisor to the Southwark Diocese.  

    Tim is a member of the National Disability Task Group, which advises the Archbishops on disability issues and is a member of the General Synod. He was made an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral in September 2020.

  • Edward Harley OBE

    Edward Harley OBE, HM-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, was educated at Cambridge and for many years he worked at Cazenove and Co where he was a Partner. He is Chair of the Acceptance in Lieu Panel and the Mappa Mundi Trust. He is also involved in a wide range of charities including the Burghley House Preservation Trust, the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Goldsmiths’ Company and the advisory council of Tate Britain. He is a past President of the Historic Houses Association and a Lay Canon of Hereford Cathedral. 

    January 2018 Edward was awarded an OBE for services to Heritage.

  • Sir Simon Jenkins FSA FRSL

    Journalist and writer Sir Simon Jenkins FSA FRSL was appointed to The Churches Conservation Trust’s 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 'Europes 100 Best Cathedrals'.

    Sir Simon writes columns for both The Guardian and London's Evening Standard and was previously a commentator and editor for The Times. Sir Simon was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to Journalism in 2004.

  • Inayat Omarji MBE

    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.

  • Carol Pyrah

    Trustee & Chair of Conservation Committee

    Carol was appointed a Trustee in April 2018.

    Carol is currently Chief Executive of the Historic Coventry Trust. She was previously Assitant Director of Planning at Historic England, formerly English Heritage, where she spent over two decades in senior roles. An archaeologist by training, she has had a longstanding interest and involvement in churches and their conservation, ranging from her previous role as Founding Editor of Church Archaeology (the journal of the Society for Church Archaeology) to being a current member of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England.