Meet the Conservation Team

We manage between 50-80 conservation projects per year across over 345 historic churches. Meet the team behind those projects.

Our Conservation team

We mange between 50 and 80 conservation projects each year across our estate of historic churches. Meet the talented team behind those projects.

  • 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. She is currently our Acting CEO.

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

  • Gabriella Misuriello

    Conservation Project Manager, South East

    Gabriella qualified as a Building Engineer at the University of Basillicata, Italy, where she carried out research into urban regeneration and heritage conservation, followed by an international Masters of Science in European Construction. After graduating, she joined Studio De Tommasi, where she worked on a number of prestigious projects including the St Nicholas Basilica in Bari, the castles of Melfi and Brindsi, and the archaeological Carthaginian battle site of Canne. Gabriella moved to England in 2000 and joined us in 2004.

  • Dawn Whitton

    Conservation Project Manager, North

    Dawn grew up in Durham and studied at Newcastle, Leicester and Colchester, obtaining an undergraduate degree in Fine Art, a Postgraduate Diploma in Library Conservation and an MA in Architectural Building Conservation. Dawn has worked in historic building conservation for Essex County Council and North Yorkshire County Council, where she also worked as consultant Conservation Officer for the North Moors National Park Authority. Dawn joined us in 2002.

  • Meriel O'Dowd

    Conservation Project Manager, West

    Meriel studied MSc Historic Building Conservation at Oxford Brookes University before working at The Georgian Group as a caseworker and then becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor running historic building repair projects - including involvement in the award-winning regeneration of our very own St Paul's Church in Bristol. Meriel joined us in early 2016 from Historic England where she was a Heritage At Risk surveyor for the South West region.