President & Trustees

HCT's President is Lord Beith. He was a co-founder of HCT and former Chair of Trustees.  MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed from 1973 until his retirement in 2015, he now sits as a Liberal Democrat in the Lords. He speaks Norwegian, Welsh and Swedish and is a Methodist lay preacher.


Governance rests with a board of Trustees.

Debbie Dance OBE FRICS - Chair of Trustees Director of Oxford Preservation Trust. Past Chair of the Historic Towns Forum and UK Association of Preservation Trusts. Former Trustee, Churches Conservation Trust. 

Clyde Binfield OBE  Emeritus Professor in History, University of Sheffield. Trustee, Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust. Chairman, Fabric Advisory Committee, Wakefield Cathedral.

Neil Burton FSA Director, the Architectural History Practice. Former Inspector of Historic Buildings, Historic England. Former Secretary of The Georgian Group.

James H Gregory Retired barrister specialising in commercial & regulatory disputes. Member of a property investment consortium in W. Yorkshire.

Oliver Pearcey – Vice-Chairman Heritage consultant. Former Director of Conservation, Historic England. Chair of Trustees, London Museum of Water and Steam.

Jean Stevenson -  Hon. Treasurer Retired Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Liveryman, Worshipful Company of International Bankers. Elder, St Columba's Church of Scotland, London.

Dr. Christopher Wakeling Currently revising Staffordshire in the Buildings of England series and author of the history of nonconformist buildings Chapels of England published by Historic England in 2017.

For 2018/19 the day to day running of the HCT is being managed by The Churches Conservation Trust.

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