I lead a team providing strategic participation and learning expertise to decision-takers in HLF. Working externally across the UK, the team demonstrates the benefits of Lottery funding for people of all backgrounds and promotes better access to grants for under-represented groups, including young people, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and disabled people. I am HLF’s lead on heritage skills and vocational learning and direct the £40m Skills for the Future grants programme currently delivering work-based training placements across the UK and encouraging a more diverse heritage workforce. I am director of the Young Roots grants programme which encourages youth-led heritage projects. Before joining HLF, I was first an education officer and then a University lecturer, in both cases with a focus on 20th century genocide.
What's going on in our community
We have recently launched the Great Place Scheme Scotland . This innovative scheme is designed by HLF and its partners to enable cultural and community groups to work more closely together and to place heritage at the heart of communities. With grants of £100,000 to £1million to support applicants... read more
Our churchyard project is slightly unusual in that the ‘new’ church is 400m away and the normal link was not as strong as might be expected. It dates from 1660, is 2.2 acres and has 11,200 burials recorded. Part is ‘closed’ and the grass cut by the Council, part is mainly mid Victorian through to... read more
Recently I was lucky enough to attend the CultureGeek event in London, which looks at how cultural organisations are “adapting to the changing digital landscape”. One really interesting talk was by Will Stanley, Senior Communications Officer at the Science Museum, who recently helped run successful... read more
Okay, so it is not the most exciting part of your HLF-funded project, but for projects over £10,000 you need to fill in detailed payment requests with invoices. In the South East team we’ve been thinking of some handy hints to make the process run smoothly. Submit your invoices electronically if... read more