Cathedrals' Workshop Fellowship appoint new executive director

Michael Sheppard is the new executive director of Cathedrals' Workshop Fellowship

Michael Sheppard has been appointed executive director of Cathedrals' Workshop Fellowship (CWF), following the retirement of his predecessor, Frances Cambrook. For the past three years, Michael has served as deputy director and module leader of the Foundation degree in Applied Historic Building Conservation and Repair.

With nearly 20 years' experience in the heritage sector, Michael is an accredited conservator with the Institute of Conservation (ICON) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB). Prior to joining CWF, he was director of works and property at Lincoln Cathedral, a member cathedral of the CWF. 

On his appointment, Michael said: “I am humbled to be taking on the role of Executive Director and leading the organisation forward. Continuing the exceptionally high-quality training which makes such a huge difference to the cathedral works departments and the individuals undertaking the training is a lifetime aspiration for me. The CWF has so many specialist craftspeople working at each cathedral member organisation, and it is an honour to work alongside these individuals and the cathedral teams which form such an incredible network. I look forward to expanding this network and strengthening the relationship between cathedrals and the other fantastic heritage organisations in the UK. It really is an exciting time to be working in heritage and we will do everything we can to ensure more people join the heritage profession, safeguarding our special built heritage assets.”

CWF's chair of the trustees and executive director of Chester Cathedral, Carolyn Bruce said: “I am looking forward to working with Michael in this role. His extensive experience and dedication to heritage conservation are invaluable to the charity and our cathedral membership. Michael’s leadership will undoubtedly enhance our efforts and ensure that we continue to provide top-tier training and support for our members.”