Meet the team
Sarah Holloway - Programme Manager
I've been part of the HODs family for many years and seen it grow and diversify into an amazing community network as well as a wonderful showcase for our sector. It's an honour and a joy to work with everyone involved. I love learning about new places and sharing their stories - managing the database and curating the blog gives a great geographic overview of quirky heritage hotspots! So whether you're an old friend or a new face, I’m at the end of the phone or email for queries, big or small, just give me a shout.
Andrew Henderson - Marketing & Projects Manager
I’ve been a part of the HODs team for the last 3 festivals. I have quite a varied role, which includes overseeing our social media channels and the production of marketing materials. I try and get out of the office as much as possible, capturing the incredible diversity of HODs events with the support of numerous film crews and photographers. Whether it’s a general marketing question or you have a great event you want us to promote, drop me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
Alex McCann - HODs Officer
I have been part of the HODs team since 2017, and am looking forward to the hugely exciting times ahead for the festival. I support the operational delivery of the festival, and am usually on the other end of the phone to organisers and visitors. I look forward to finding new and exciting events, and exploring the diversity that Heritage Open Days has to offer.
Francesca Baker - Head of Communications
My skillset and experience are varied - covering copywriting, journalism, marketing, research and PR - but always centred around communication and creating a connection. Creativity and community are at the centre of everything I do. I bring 12 years of experience in marketing and communications to the team, along with bags of enthusiasm and big smiles. I am excited to be spreading the great stories that come from the people and places that make HODs so great.
Gemma Pettman - Head of Communications
I’m as fascinated by places and spaces as I am the stories of the people behind them, so I’m thrilled to be working with Heritage Open Days. As a visitor, the festival has given me a chance to become a tourist in my own town and discover something new about where I live. Now that I’m part of the team, I can encourage others to do the same. My role is about making sure even more people get to hear about Heritage Open Days and are encouraged to join in.
Laura Davey – Press and Communications Officer
I’ve been working with Heritage Open Days since 2018, and am so excited to return as part of the communications team. Exploring historic places and finding hidden architectural gems has always been a passion of mine, and I love being able to tell other people about the many fascinating places and stories they can discover during the festival! My role is to help boost and support regional coverage, so do get in touch if you’re looking for press and media details of events in your local area.
Matt Emmett - Photographer
When a friend looking for some photography pointers took me to an abandoned jet engine testing establishment, I was drawn into a world of fascinating locations. Six years later I’m still taking pictures of the historic built environment and now work with heritage organisations and local councils. I am thrilled to be working with Heritage Open Days. Getting people to engage with our amazing history sits in perfect alignment with my own goals and I look forward to bringing visual stories of the UK's incredible history and heritage into people's homes. You can see more of my work on my website and Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Annie Reilly - Head of Producing
I have long been a Heritage Open Days enthusiast, having first stumbled upon the festival the day after I arrived from the USA eleven years ago. Before joining HODs in 2017, I worked at Nuffield Southampton Theatres as Producer, managing a team to deliver a wide range of productions as well as programming incoming shows. I now support the team and our organisers, and advocate for our work to ensure the festival continues to flourish. I’m particularly interested in how we can make the most of the incredible potential and power of our movement and our festival!