She began her career with Leicestershire Record Office. She has held a range of local government responsibilities spanning the natural and historic environment, country parks, museums, arts, archives and libraries.
Heather oversaw the programme of revitalisation of Bosworth Battlefield, including internationally significant archaeological fieldwork, and the generation of the first Battlefield Conservation Management Plan nationally, in partnership with landowners and the farming community.
She has worked with a range of external funding partners, and secured funding for:
- the Century Theatre, Coalville
- the Hallaton Treasure
- Charnwood Museum
- Melton Carnegie Museum in conjunction with the Museum of Hunting Trust
- The Open Museum
Heather has been a member of the Museum Association’s Ethics Committee. She is currently a board member of Derby Museums Trust.
She has been an independent parish councillor and a member of a local community interest company. She is currently supporting the Bosworth1485 Art Trail project and local tourism initiatives.
Heather has a keen interest in seeing the positive impact The National Lottery Heritage Fund can make in newer and marginalised communities and in connecting communities with their surroundings.