HeartEdge is an international, ecumenical movement galvanising churches to be at the heart of their communites, while being with those on the edge. Supporting the movement, HeartEdge has workers based with denominations, diocese, churches and groups.

Heather Cracknell 

Director of HeartEdge


Heather Cracknell has a background in enabling local churches and networks to support innovation and creativity, via twenty years expereince in the ecumenical Fresh Expressions movement developing missional culture across the church. Her interest and focus is in learning in community, connecting with those outside the church and engaging with local culture. Heather is ordained in the Church-of-England, based in Norwich, is a wild swimmer, occasional paddleboarder and weight lifter, and supports her local football team.

Contact Heather


Andy Turner

Is an experienced community worker in Manchester and East London establishing projects, enterprise and campaigns. He worked with different denominations in England to set up the Church Urban Fund 'Together Network' of joint ventures.

Contact Andy


Andy Salmon

North West co-ordinator for HeartEdge


Andy has lived and worked in urban parishes in Manchester Diocese for over 30 years. As well as being the North West Co-ordinator for HeartEdge he is half-time Rector of Sacred Trinity Church in Salford, on the edge of Manchester City Centre. Prior to joining HeartEdge in October 2020 he was Mission Action Planning Officer for Manchester Diocese. He is passionate about inclusive church, creative liturgy, live music, social justice, art and active travel. Proud to be an adopted Salfordian and Northerner he has held onto his roots with football and still supports West Ham! Andy is on the Church of England’s General Synod.

Contact Andy


Catherine Morgan Hickey 

Congregational and Compassion Development


Catherine has 30 years' experience in mission, community development and social justice, working with congregations to engage in wider community shared initiatives, using asset-based and participatory approaches. Catherine lived as a mission partner in South Asia, and worked as Tearfund's Church and Development Adviser. Her research includes theology and practice engaging with the wider community, and has an interest in how congregations engage in their community with compassionate initiatives. Catherine lives in Finsbury Park, North London, where she belongs to an Anglican church.

Contact Catherine


Sarah Rogers

Cultural Development coordinator


Sarah has 20 years in arts management in France and the UK working for the La Napoule Art Foundation International Artist in Residency Programme, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Saatchi Collection, Sarah also started and ran a successful design workshop in West London. Sarah combines her understanding of the arts with sound business principals to find creative, practical solutions for arts and heritage organisations, focusing on churches wishing to develop a flourishing and sustainable cultural offer across all the arts. Much can be achieved through the visual and performing arts, music, culture, and local heritage to mutually enrich people, connect to the community around us and create space for dialogue and collaboration. Sarah is also a part time lecturer at Oxford Brookes Business School teaching marketing and business innovation.

Contact Sarah


David Nicholson

Commerce Coordinator


Dave has a background is in cooperative and social enterprise development with churches and the criminal justice system, specialising more recently in commercial community enterprise  tackling food poverty and insecurity.


Contact David


Jo Beacroft-Mitchell

Congregations and Compassion 

Jo has 12 years experience working with various Diocese in the Church of England supporting parishes in raising income, donations and grants to enable their mission and ministry, and advised on Legacy giving. Jo also worked for Community Foundations in the North of England on developing sustainable projects. Jo has qualifications in fundraising, charity accounting and organisational development. Jo works with her own church, is on the steering development of the local food pantry and supports work with local schools.


Contact Jo


Sheppard Scholar

Shaun O'Brien

Sheppard Scholar 


Shaun studied an undergraduate in Theatre Studies at the University of Chichester, graduating in 2015. With a background in events management, Shaun is experienced in organising high-profile and corporate events, including the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth. He is currently studying for a postgraduate in Theology.

Contact Shaun