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.
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.
Charlotte Tindle - Registration Assistant
After volunteering at one of the regional branches of HOD’s since 2019 as well as organising several of my own events last year, I am thrilled to be joining the team as a Registration Assistant to help with the Edible England 2021 festival. One of my favourite aspects of the Heritage Open Days festival is that it is free, giving us the opportunity to learn about heritage that we may not have known about close to home or further afield. I'm looking forward to helping you register the amazing events you're planning for this year's festival and learning more about your communities' heritage.
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 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 Petmann - 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 for the 2021 #EdibleEngland themed festival. 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.
Zoe Abrahams - Media & PR volunteer
This is my first year in the HODs family and I am overjoyed to be part of such a vibrant, diverse and well-loved festival. I am currently completing a Masters in Art History, and my BA was in History, so I am fascinated by all the ways we can tell each other our unique stories. In my role I will be assisting the comms crew and curating spotlights for this year’s rather meaty theme, Edible England!