Meet the team
Annie Reilly - Manager
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 am now responsible for the national direction, strategy and delivery of our festival. It’s truly a joy - and fascinating! - to work with the thousands of extraordinary people who make Heritage Open Days happen across the country.
Annabelle Thorpe - Head of Communications
I’m delighted to be back after eighteen months away, publicising my first novel and writing my second. I first joined Heritage Open Days in 2012 and it’s been wonderful to watch the event develop and grow. Alongside managing the media campaign and press coverage for Heritage Open Days, I also work as a journalist, so the thousands of individual stories that make this such a unique event have a huge appeal for me.
Sarah Holloway - Operations Officer
I’ve been working on Heritage Open Days since 2007, initially as the Registration Officer processing all the fascinating entries. Now, I’m responsible for the database, website and the day to day operations but I still do lots of processing and love the fantastic geographic overview it gives us of some quirky heritage hotspots! I’m also at the end of the phone or email for any queries, big or small, so do give me a shout if you need anything.
Andrew Henderson - Visitor Experience Officer
I am very excited to be part of Heritage Open Days! Before joining the team, I worked at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Catalhoyuk (Turkey) and Memphis (Egypt) designing both the physical and digital aspects of the visitor experience. This included everything from signage, bins and benches to social media, videos and websites. I love the diversity that Heritage Open Days offers and really look forward to working with you all to create experiences that your visitors never forget!
Alex McCann - Assistant Business Support Coordinator
I have been part of the HODs team for over a year, and am looking forward to the hugely exciting times ahead of the 2019 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 finding new and exciting events, and exploring the diversity that Heritage Open Days has to offer.
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.