Gavin Richards is the AHF Operations Manager, with additional responsibility for projects in Yorkshire, the North East of England, and Northern Ireland.
Based in Sheffield, Gavin joined the AHF in 2007 supporting building preservation trusts and other voluntary sector groups to find sustainable new uses for historic buildings at risk. Since 2012 he has managed the AHF’s team of freelance Support Officers, and is also responsible for the AHF’s grants programmes.
Gavin has a long-standing interest in both the heritage and voluntary sector and is passionate about the contribution historic buildings can make to urban regeneration. After a period spent working abroad following graduation he worked at the Directory of Social Change, where he researched and co-wrote the best-selling Guide to the Major Trusts. His experience in the heritage sector began at the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2001, starting in London before relocating to Yorkshire to join the new regional team. He went on to manage a Townscape Heritage scheme in the North West of England before joining the AHF. He studied Economic & Social History at Leicester University and has postgraduate qualifications in Urban Regeneration and Charity Resource Management, both completed at Sheffield Hallam University.