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Meet the team

Meet the Heritage Ability team!


Maryann Soper, Project Manager [email protected]

Maryann is responsible for the delivery of the project. She has come from a heritage management background and has recently graduated from the University of Birmingham where she studied a Masters degree in International Heritage Management. In her spare time she also runs an online industrial heritage exploration guide called GooseyGoo, which encourages people to discover in person the heritage in their area and has a database of campaigns to save industrial heritage around the UK and Ireland. 


 Star Clapp, Adminstrator and IT support [email protected]

Star provides admin and IT support to the Heritage Ability team, mainly working on editing the British Sign Language tours and making the large print maps. This is her first job since she finished studying IT at college in June 2016. She has a rare physical disability and is a wheelchair user, so she is very passionate about improving heritage for Deaf and disabled people. She particularly enjoys using social media, helping Heritage Ability to spread the word about accessibility for all!

Star Clapp


Helen Smith, Disability Champion [email protected]

Helen is an accredited trainer who has lived and worked as both a non-disabled and disabled person. She has worked with and for people with physical and sensory disabilities for 17 years, designing and delivering bespoke training. 

Helen Smith


Kristy Cooper, Deaf Volunteer Coordinator [email protected]

Kristy's role is to recruit, support and mentor Deaf BSL volunteers who have an interest in local heritage. Kristy will deliver Deaf Awareness Training to staff and volunteers at heritage sites.

Kristy Cooper


Neil Warren, Countryside Mobility [email protected]

Neil manages the Countryside Mobility section of the Heritage Ability project, organising the introduction of Trampers to our partner sites.

Neil Warren