Sunday, 10 January 2016

A warm welcome to our new Secretary

Dr Jonathan Foyle joins the Georgian Group as Secretary from 13 January, succeeding Robert Bargery, who has decided to move on to new challenges after fourteen years' distinguished service marked by innovations such as the annual Architectural Awards. 

Dr Foyle holds wide-ranging interests in the built environment, having trained in architectural design, art history and archaeology. Beginning his career at Canterbury Cathedral, he curated the conservation and presentation of the multi-period architecture of Hampton Court and Kew Palace. As Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain from 2007, he campaigned, fundraised, and advised on numerous major Georgian buildings such as Stowe House, St George's Bloomsbury, Shobdon Church in Herefordshire, John Knill's Monument in St Ives Cornwall, and Walpole's Strawberry Hill. A regular speaker, Financial Times writer and award-winning BBC presenter, he is author of three monographs on English cathedrals and honorary Visiting Professor of Conservation at the University of Lincoln. Dr Foyle says:

"I am delighted and honoured to join the Georgian Group, an essential, admired and deeply experienced statutory body with a vigorously engaged membership. I look forward to helping the Group optimise our work in what are challenging times, when we need to speak more clearly and convincingly than ever on the importance of understanding, looking after and enjoying the wonders we've been so fortunate to inherit from the long- and very broad- eighteenth century."

Robert Bargery said: "I am delighted to be leaving the Georgian Group in the excellent hands of Jonathan Foyle, who combines a deep knowledge of historic buildings with a great ability to communicate his passion. With him at the helm, the charity is well-positioned to meet the challenge of protecting and preserving Georgian buildings and landscapes".

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