Dr Jonathan Foyle
Chief Executive, WMF Britain
Dr. Jonathan Foyle is Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain, a post he took up in early 2007. He is committed to historic buildings since a boy in the area around Stamford, Lincolnshire, an area of exceptionally fine limestone houses and churches.
He trained as an architect and art historian, and holds a doctorate in Archaeology, specialising in early Renaissance architecture in Britain with the belief that early Tudor England was a more involved participant in European Renaissance culture than is generally acknowledged. He developed a practical knowledge of major and minor historical monuments over fifteen years, first as an assistant surveyor of Canterbury Cathedral, and then as Buildings Curator at Hampton Court Palace and Kew Palace for almost eight years.
His architectural illustrations and reconstructions have been widely featured in broadcasts, exhibitions, and publications, and his writing has been published in The Sunday Times, The Architects’ Journal, Current Archaeology, and Building Design. As a former Course Director for University of Cambridge’s Summer Schools, Jonathan has taught a broad curriculum of cultural history, and he lectures widely from Britain to Australia. He is perhaps best known for presenting broadcasts on architectural topics, including BBC1’s The One Show, BBC4’s Henry VIII: Patron and Plunderer, History Channel’s Lost Worlds, and as a specialist on Channel 4’s long-running Time Team.
Jonathan’s vision for WMF Britain is to deliver revitalised and beautiful historic places, using the professional guidance WMF’s staff and consultants to optimise the value of any benefactor’s financial support. Through sound partnership building, outcomes usually include a business plan to perpetuate income for maintenance and staffing; engaging a broad public audience through imaginative uses of scholarship, and asserting excellence in conservation standards.