Heritage Open Days 9-18 September 2022 - What will you discover?

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 - overseeing registration 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.

Liam Montgomery - Marketing & Projects Manager


I’ve newly joined the HODs team in 2021. Coming from a background in museums, I’m incredibly passionate about the heritage sector and I’m very excited to be part of such an engaging and diverse festival. I oversee marketing across a wide variety of channels, look after our social profiles, coordinate photography, and produce various printed materials. If you have any questions on marketing or the promotion of your events, feel free to drop me an email.

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.

Charlotte Tindle - Registration Assistant


I am thrilled to be returning as the Heritage Open Days Registration Assistant for the 2022 festival and to have the opportunity to learn more about the diverse heritage of England while also celebrating England's great history of invention, industry, and innovation. My role is to assist the team with the operational delivery of the festival and to register your wonderful events, so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. It’s full steam ahead!

Francesca Baker - Press & PR Manager


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 14 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 - Press & PR Manager


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.

Marie Leverett - Social Media Content Creator

I’m really excited to be on board – Heritage Open Days is such a fantastic concept, there’s no other festival like it! You’ll find me on the HODs Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels, where I’ll be sharing event highlights and bringing the unique HODs experience alive. I hope I’ll inspire you to make a doorstep discovery in your neighbourhood this September. If you visit a #HODs event, I’d love to hear about it.

Kelly Richardson - Media & PR volunteer

I’m this year’s volunteer for HODs’ wonderful team. As an English and history student, I’m thrilled to be part of such a large heritage festival, and excited to support HODs’ events and activities through writing ‘Festival Spotlight’ blog posts. I look forward to engaging with a rich history of industry and innovation through a network of local communities, and to celebrate the diversity of England’s heritage.

Yidan Gao - Media & PR volunteer

I am really excited to volunteer for the 2022 HODs team. As an anthropology student, I am fascinated by how heritage and the material culture of places unfold in today’s world and how they are intertwined with the everyday lives of local communities. I am thrilled to help HODs highlight the gold dust and hidden gems around England with blog posts for the festival.