Sara Crofts

Chief Executive, The Institute of Conservation

Biography

I trained as an architect at Edinburgh College of Art where I specialised in historic building conservation. I then worked for a number of architectural practices dealing with the repair and conservation of historic buildings in both Edinburgh and Cumbria.

Having undertaken the Lethaby Scholarship awarded by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 2003, I worked as the SPAB’s Churches Caseworker for a spell before being appointed as the Project Director of the SPAB Faith in Maintenance project in 2006.

My next role was Deputy Director of the SPAB and then, in 2015, I joined the Heritage Lottery Fund as Head of Historic Environment where my role focussed on policy and strategy development.

I returned to the voluntary sector to take up the role of Chief Executive at Icon in January 2019.

I am also currently a council member of Europa Nostra and the Chair of Europa Nostra UK.