Our Directors

Introducing our senior management team

Our Senior Management Team

  • Peter Aiers

    Chief Executive

    Joining us in 2007, Peter had a specific role to find sustainable solutions to complex urban churches within our collection and to enable more community involvement in the care of our churches. Peter became Director for the South East in 2012 and Director of the North region in 2016.

    After a career start at English Heritage, Peter worked as a local authority conservation officer and sat on the Peterborough Diocesan Advisory Committee. He became the first Conservation Officer employed in the Church of England, for the Diocese of London, before becoming a Project Development Manager supporting parishes in the maintenance of the buildings in their care and finding sustainable solutions for historic churches through grant aid and commercial development.

    In August 2017 Peter was announced as our new Chief Executive.

    E. paiers@thecct.org.uk | T. 07919 274165 | @PeterAiers

  • Sarah Robinson

    Deputy CEO and Director of Conservation

    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.

    E. srobinson@thecct.org.uk | T. 0845 303 2760

  • Colin Shearer

    Director of Regions

    Colin leads a team of regional managers dedicated to sustaining churches and fulfilling their potential for community use and as heritage visitor attractions with the support of volunteers and partner organisations. He also holds a national strategic remit for volunteering. 

    Colin previously held directorate roles covering operations, planning and communications with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award after promoting the scheme, through volunteers, throughout Scotland. Colin’s career began in the rail industry as Area Manager for the West Highland line. In this role, he was instrumental in reintroducing steam-hauled trains - which continue today as a top tourist attraction.

    E. cshearer@thecct.org.uk | T. 07721 866 424

  • Anthony Bennett

    Director of Development

    As Director of Development, Anthony leads a team with responsibility for our national marketing, fundraising and PR; and a national strategic remit to develop our Arts, Visitor Experience and Tourism.

    Anthony has worked in fundraising and development for over sixteen years. His considerable experience during that time includes helping to raise £41m for the restoration of the English National Opera’s London Coliseum and serving as Director of Development at the World Wide Fund for Nature. He studied at Glasgow School of Art and took an MA at the Chelsea School of Art in Public Art and Architecture before embarking on a career in the ecclesiastical antiques trade. He is a trustee of the Scottish Redundant Churches Trust.


    E. abennett@thecct.org.uk | T. 020 7841 0412

  • Stuart Popple

    Director of Resources and Finance

    Stuart is the Director of Resources and Finance at The Churches Conservation Trust. As such he holds director-level responsibility for our finances and resources, including HR and IT.

    E. finance@thecct.org.uk | T. 0845 303 2760