Loyd Grossman honoured for his service to the heritage sector as Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes winners announced

06 December 2018

Three Heritage Heroes, including Loyd Grossman, have been recognised for their incredible service to the UK’s heritage sector.

Sponsored by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, the UK’s leading insurer of Grade I listed buildings, the Heritage Heroes Award is the Heritage Alliance’s celebration of the outstanding contribution Britain’s heritage volunteers make to society.
Loyd Grossman and Faith Kitchen, Heritage Director at Ecclesiastical, presented the awards. While Faith was joined by Ben Cowell, Deputy Chair of the Alliance, to present Loyd’s special award. Each of the winners received a framed original Pugin-designed tile from the Palace of Westminster as a token of gratitude. 
The awards ceremony coincided with Heritage Day 2018, the key event in the heritage sector calendar with speakers including Michael Ellis, Minister for Heritage and Hilary Grady, Director General of the National Trust. 
The winners of the 2018 Ecclesiastical Heritage Hero Awards are:
  • Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero Special Award – Dr Loyd Grossman CBE FSA
This award celebrates the incredible contribution Loyd has made at the Heritage Alliance during the past nine years. In his role as chair, he’s tirelessly championed the needs of Heritage Alliance members and spent time influencing decision makers in Whitehall and Westminster, and with the business community. 
  • Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero Award 2018 – Maggie Faultless
This award recognises Maggie’s amazing volunteering and fundraising efforts for All Saint’s Church Alton Priors, Wiltshire and the Churches Conservation Trust. From organising classical music concerts for more than two decades, which have raised tens of thousands of pounds, to rallying the community to raise money to protect the church roof when half of the lead was stolen. The award celebrates the many hours Maggie has volunteered to make a real impact in her local community and the heritage sector more widely. 
  • Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero Lifetime Award 2018 – Maria Perks 
This award celebrates Maria’s incredible contribution to the Heritage Trusts Network and its predecessor organisation the Association of Building Preservation Trusts during the past 29 years. Having retired earlier this year, Maria has helped many heritage organisations from helping volunteers and giving advice about how to set up Trusts, to advising the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, to working with the Scottish Historic Environment Forum. This award is a small thank you for all of her hard work. 
Faith Kitchen, Heritage Director at Ecclesiastical commented: “As the leading insurer of Grade I listed buildings in the UK, we’re passionate about Britain’s heritage. We’re proud to sponsor the Heritage Heroes Awards, and this year celebrates three incredibly deserving winners for their outstanding contribution to the heritage sector. Congratulations Loyd, Maggie and Maria!”
Lizzie Glithero-West, Chief Executive at Heritage Alliance added: “The Ecclesiastical Heritage Heroes Awards recognises three amazing individuals for their dedication and hard work which for volunteers, all too often, can go unrecognised. I am especially pleased that we have celebrated Loyd Grossman’s significant and dynamic contribution to the heritage sector. We’re grateful for his passion and time spent advocating our members during the past nine years.”