Creating connections and sharing best practice since 2014

Our Mission

At the Heritage Volunteering Group our mission is to help you unlock the power of volunteering through collaboration and sharing best practice.

Our Values

Passionate and always smiling, we believe that by inspiring collaboration and creating opportunities for people to share ideas that we can help transform volunteering in the heritage sector.

What we do

Through Inspire, our twice yearly networking forum, we help volunteer managers connect and share best practice.

At our Annual Conference we bring together leaders and practitioners from across the sector, providing a national platform for connectivity and sharing new ideas.

Through Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin we connect with thousands of you each day. Whilst our website provides a place for you to access helpful resources, connect with local networks and discover innovative volunteer projects.

Who are we for?

From the natural to the built environment, from volunteer led organisations to national museums, trusts and groups, if you want us, then we want we you.

If you’re looking for a more specific answer, our definition of ‘Heritage’ reflects that of the Heritage Lottery Fund and includes:

  • Land and Natural Heritage Museums
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Buildings and Monuments
  • Cultures and Memories
  • Industrial, Maritime and Transport Community Heritage



There are three levels of membership within HVG: our Executive Board, our Advisory Group and our members.

Executive Board: There are seven positions responsible for leading the development of HVG.

Matthew Hick
Science Museum Group
For any media enquiries contact Matt:

Vanessa Theed
Vice Chair
Natural History Museum
For regional network enquiries contact Vanessa:

Olivia Sharrard
York Unlocked CIO
For all other enquiries contact Olivia:
Heritage Volunteering Group


Sarah Fitzpatrick
University of Buckingham
For finance enquiries contact Sarah:

Charlie Dean
Membership Executive
FACT and Peace Museum

For membership enquiries please contact Charlie:




Rhiannon Green
Events Executive
Zoological Society London
For programming enquiries contact Rhiannon:

Jenny Murphy
Communications Executive
Museum of the Home
For Communication and Marketing enquiries please contact Jenny:

Rob Jackson
Non-Portfolio Executive
Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd


Tamsin Russell
Non-Portfolio Executive
Museums Association

Advisory Group: Up to 15 representatives with responsibility for, or expertise in, volunteer management who support the development of HVG and meet not less that twice annually.

Alex Walker

Ali Thomas
Imperial War Museum

Amanda Hanton
Leicestershire County Council

Annie Bethell
English Heritage

Becky Benson

Ben Marsh
Barnsley Museum Trust

Danielle Garcia
Imperial War Museums

Fiona Cariss
The Whitworth Art Gallery

Ruth Farnan
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Alex McLeman
Bolton Library and Museum Services

William Tregaskes
Cynon Valley Museum

Members: Open to anyone who has an interest in the development of volunteering within the UK Heritage Sector. Members are sent information about events, minutes from the Advisory Group meetings and opportunities to join the Advisory Group as they arise.

More information about us can be found in our HVG Constitution or if you are interested in becoming a Member you can sign up at Better Impact.