David is responsible for the varied work of the Trust, focusing on regeneration through conservation, life-long-learning, and the development of ‘citizen science’ projects.
An archaeology graduate of Cardiff University, David has worked in historic environment management and recording at both national and local level in Wales, England and Scotland since the late 1980s. With a background in archaeological records with Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, he spent 8 years working in aerial photography and mapping, initially with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and then with Essex County Council, conducting new survey work from a Cessna across Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.
Through more than two decades of service to the Trust (joining in 2000 and Manager since 2005), David has established the Historic Environment Record and planning archaeology service for the area, developed and delivered a number of significant projects including the Carpow logboat, Tay Landscape Partnership Scheme, Glenshee Archaeology Project and Kings Seat Archaeology Project. His areas of expertise include project development and funding; partnership working and third sector governance; aerial photography and; the use of GIS in historic environment curation.
Historic Buildings Development Manager
Sara is responsible for delivering the Perth City Heritage Fund and the Trust’s Community Heritage Grants scheme. She also develops historic building and skills training projects.
Sara is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building and studied Building Conservation at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies in York. She has been working with historic buildings for over twenty-five years as both a specialist conservation contractor and as a consultant. She has a particular interest in Scottish vernacular buildings, the use of traditional materials and traditional building skills training.
Sara works Tuesday-Friday.
Historic Environment Manager
Sophie’s provides a planning archaeology service to Perth and Kinross Council as well as archaeological information and advice to agri-environment scheme applicants and members of the public.
A graduate from the University of Glasgow, Sophie worked in the commercial sector as a field archaeologist across Scotland for 8 years before joining the Heritage Trust in 2012 and undertaking various roles, including managing all the archaeology and built heritage projects of the Tay Landscape Partnership Scheme. In addition to her primary responsibilities, Sophie also works closely with Grace to maintain and enhance the Perth and Kinross Historic Environment Record.
Sophie works Tuesday-Thursday.
Diane’s main duties are to facilitate the smooth running of the Trust office, including Human Resources and Financial activities, and provide general support to the Trust Director.
As a qualified accountant, a graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Diane has considerable financial and office management experience gained in a number of different industries including the Education and Hospitality industry.
Diane works Monday and Wednesday.
Skills Training Officer
Ciarán delivers the Trust’s Traditional Building Skills training initiatives such as the Inspiring Futures courses and Skills Roadshow. He also co-ordinates Perth and Kinross Doors Open Days.
Ciarán has over 20 years’ experience in traditional and ecologically benign buildings, their design, construction and conservation. His main interests are lime masonry, timber engineering & traditional joinery techniques. He is also very keen on heritage engineering and water-powered mills and how they can be showcased educationally. He has a long-standing interest in how the built environment interacts with and can complement the natural landscape.
Historic Environment Officer
Grace maintains, develops and enhances the Perth and Kinross Historic Environment Record (PKHER) whilst also providing support to the Historic Environment Manager with regards to planning and backlog projects.
Graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 2017, Grace has since worked as an archaeologist in the Midlands of England and North Scotland. She began building up her field archaeology skills during excavations within the Northern Picts Project before venturing into development-led archaeology where she worked on a variety of sites across England. In 2018 she joined Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH) as Project Officer for the Highland Regional Archaeological Research Framework (HighARF) project where she worked predominantly with the Highland Historic Environment Record, exploring a wide variety of sources to input new data into existing and new records for HighARF. Grace joined the Trust in 2020.
Grace works Monday-Friday.
Outreach and Promotion Officer
Lily’s main roles involve co-ordinating the Doors Open Days festival, promoting the work of the Trust, and liaising with volunteers and local groups.
Lily graduated from the University of St Andrews in Ancient and Medieval History in 2019. She then went on to join the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Historic Environment Team, simultaneously working to complete a trailblazer Historic Environment Advice Assistant Apprenticeship run by Historic England in partnership with Strode College. She graduated in October 2021 before joining the Trust in January 2022.
Our Board of Trustees
Maggie Wilkins (Chairperson)
Sue Hendry (interim Vice-Chairperson)
Colin Longhorn (Treasurer)
Councillor Stewart Donaldson
Councillor David Illingworth