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Our Tour Directors

 

Chosen not only for their specialist knowledge, but equally for the clarity and enthusiasm with which they communicate and impart their passion to others, our expert Tour Directors are personally involved in the creation and planning of our tours. Several of our tours, particularly our river cruises, combine the expertise of multiple Tour Directors, whose specialisms across distinct subject areas combine to create a unique amalgamation of perspectives. On many of our tours, the Tour Director or Directors will be supported by an experienced Tour Manager, responsible for ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of our itineraries.

 

Click here to view our Tour Manager biographies.

 

Harriet Allen
Harriet Allen
PhD
Harriet is a geographer and a Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies at Girton College, Cambridge.
Tom Abbott
Tom Abbott
BA, MA
Tom is an art and architectural historian associated with the Foundation of Prussian Palaces and Gardens.
John Binns
John Binns
PhD
Rev John Binns has visited and written about Ethiopia on many occasions
Meg Boulton
Meg Boulton
PhD, FRSA
Meg is a specialist in Medieval art and on theories of space.
Christopher Bourne
Christopher Bourne
BA
Christopher is an expert on the art and architecture of Belgium.
Cosmo Samuel Brockway
Cosmo Samuel Brockway

Cosmo is a travel and interiors journalist, tour leader, and award-winning author of Glorious Hotels of India.
Judy Brown
Judy Brown

Judy is a Scottish mezzo-soprano who trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
John Bryden
John Bryden
MA, ARCM, ARCO
John is an international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Sarah Burles
Sarah Burles
MA
Sarah is a freelance art historian and museum professional who worked at the Fitzwilliam Museum
Sandy Burnett
Sandy Burnett
MA
Sandy is a musician and former BBC Radio 3 broadcaster
Emilie Capulet
Emilie Capulet
MA, MMus, PhD
Emilie is an international award-winning concert pianist, lecturer and musicologist.
Jessica Chiba
Jessica Chiba
MA, PhD
Jessica Chiba is an Assistant Professor at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
Suzanne Fagence Cooper
Suzanne Fagence Cooper
MA, PhD
Suzanne is a lecturer and historian who specialises in British art history.
Imogen Corrigan
Imogen Corrigan
BA, MPhil, FRHistS, FRSA
Imogen is a proficient lecturer on medieval history and particularly church art and architecture, and accredited with the Arts Society.
Rupert Dickens
Rupert Dickens
BA, MA
Rupert is an art historian with a specialism in the art of the Netherlands and Belgium.
Hugh Doherty
Hugh Doherty
DPhil
Hugh Doherty is a classical and medieval historian
Michael Downes
Michael Downes
MA, MPHIL, DPHIL
Michael is a conductor, writer and lecturer with a particular interest in opera
Peter Exley
Peter Exley
BSc
Peter is an ecologist and ornithologist who works for the RSPB.
Oliver Gerrish
Oliver Gerrish
MSt
Oliver is an architectural historian who studied at the University of Cambridge.
Julia Griffin
Julia Griffin
MA, PhD
Julia is a specialist in 19th and 20th century British and Polish art, design and cultural history.
Kevin Hand
Kevin Hand
MSc, MCIEEM
Kevin is a conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant.
Juliet Heslewood
Juliet Heslewood
MA
Juliet a lecturer on art and architecture who lived in France for 30 years.
Charles Hind
Charles Hind
MA, FSA
Charles is an architectural historian and Chief Curator and H J Heinz Curator of Drawings at the RIBA
Gillian Hovell
Gillian Hovell
BA (Hons)
Gillian is an archaeologist and expert on the ancient world, writer, broadcaster and lecturer at York University.
Nick Jackson
Nick Jackson

Nick Jackson graduated from the Institute of Archaeology at UCL, and has excavated widely in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Paul Jackson
Paul Jackson
MA, PhD
Paul is a conductor, pianist and musicologist and former Director of Music at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
Russell Keable
Russell Keable
BA, MMus
Russell teaches at the University of Surrey and is active as a composer, arranger, lecturer, broadcaster and performer.
Philip Kenrick
Philip Kenrick
MA, DPhil
Philip is a classical archaeologist and author.
Mike King
Mike King
BA, MA
Mike is a museum professional and Heritage Manager for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
Marcus Kohler
Marcus Kohler
BA
Marcus is an ecologist and ornithologist who works in the UK, South East Asia, Australasia and Africa and has led wildlife tours across the world
Alex Koller
Alex Koller
PhD
Alex is an expert in art history and architecture.
Isaac Nugent
Isaac Nugent
MA
Isaac is an art historian currently pursuing a PhD at the University of York. He is also a gallery educator at the National Gallery.
Marie-Anne Mancio
Marie-Anne Mancio
MPhil, DPhil
Marie-Anne is an art historian, writer, experienced tour leader and Arts Society accredited lecturer
Eireann Marshall
Eireann Marshall

Dr. Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University.
Julia Marwood
Julia Marwood
MA
Julia Marwood is a lecturer, tour guide and expert in art history
Steve Mastin
Steve Mastin
MA, PGCE, FHA
Steve studied history and classics before becoming a teacher and is a Fellow of the Historical Association
Donald Maxwell
Donald Maxwell

Donald is an operatic baritone, director and lecturer. He has been a professional opera singer for more than forty years.
Elizabeth Morrell
Elizabeth Morrell
BA
Elizabeth Morrell is a sinologist and Chinese speaker
Niccolò Mugnai
Niccolò Mugnai
BA, MA, PhD, AFHEA
Niccolò is a classical archaeologist with a particular focus on North Africa.
Alan Powers
Alan Powers
PhD
Alan is one of the UK’s leading architectural historians.
Rita Roussos
Rita Roussos
PhD
Rita taught archaeology and art history and has worked on archaeological projects in the Peloponnese.
Jamie Sewell
Jamie Sewell
PhD
Jamie is an archaeologist and historical guide focusing on pre-Roman settlements in Italy
Evelyn Silber
Evelyn Silber
MA, PhD, FMA, FSA
Evelyn is an Art historian and former Director of Leeds Museums and Galleries.
Ashley Solomon
Ashley Solomon
FRCM, FRAM
Ashley is Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music and Director of Baroque ensemble Florilegium.
Andrew Spira
Andrew Spira
MA
Andrew was a specialist in Byzantine and Russian icons at the Temple Gallery, London, before working as a curator at the V&A Museum.
Robert Stagg
Robert Stagg
PhD
Robert is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Martin Symington
Martin Symington
BA
Martin is one of Britain’s most prolific travel journalists, regularly contributing to The Times, The Daily Mail and Wanderlust.
Moira Tait
Moira Tait
MA, FRAS
Moira is an archaeologist who gained her MA in the archaeology of Southeast Asia
Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor
BD, MA
Andrew is an expert in the architecture and art collections of the English country house
Lars Tharp
Lars Tharp
MA, FSA
Lars is a Danish-born art historian, lecturer and broadcaster.
Lucrezia Walker
Lucrezia Walker
BA, MA
Lucrezia lectures at the National Gallery and teaches the London Art History Programme for the University of North Carolina.
Diana Ward
Diana Ward
MSC, CBIOL, MRSB, MCIEEM
Diana is an ecologist and wildlife specialist.
Nicholas Wearne
Nicholas Wearne
BA (hons), MPhil (Oxon)
Nicholas is an ACE Bursary student, a tutor and Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Mark Welch
Mark Welch
BSc, PhD
Mark is a former professional research scientist in the Department of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum.
Christopher Wellington
Christopher Wellington
MA
Christopher is a historian based in Italy with a special interest in the Church and art and architecture, especially of the Middle Ages.
Richard Wigmore
Richard Wigmore
MA, AGSM
Richard is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and former professional singer.
Andrew Wilson
Andrew Wilson
BA, BD, FSASCOT
Andrew is a specialist in archaeology and ancient history with a particular interest in Roman frontier systems and Byzantine mosaics.

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