Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon
Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte is the great-great-great-great-nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. Jean-Christophe is a private equity manager who has worked in New York and Paris for Morgan Stanley and Advent International and who currently works for Blackstone Group in London. Jean-Christophe represents his dynasty's heritage at public events and ceremonies in France and elsewhere in Europe.
Board of Trustees
Chair: Sir Brian Unwin
Author and former British Civil Servant
Sir Brian Unwin KCB was educated at Chesterfield School, New College, Oxford (of which he is an Honorary Fellow) and Yale. After serving in the Diplomatic Service from 1960 to 1968 he transferred to HM Treasury, where he was Under Secretary in charge of the budget from 1978-81 and Deputy Secretary responsible for international finance from 1983-85. In 1985 he was appointed Deputy Secretary in the Cabinet Office and in 1987 Chairman of the Board of HM Customs and Excise.
In April 1993 he became the first British President of the European Investment Bank (EIB). He was also the first Chairman of the European Investment Fund and a Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Sir Brian has published two historical books, including one on Napoleon’s captivity on St Helena, entitled Terrible Exile: The Last Days of Napoleon on St Helena, (2010), which was short-listed for the Fondation Napoléon History Prize in Paris. In 2017 he published his memoirs, entitled, With Respect, Minister: A View from inside Whitehall.
Journalist and Foreign Correspondent
Michael Roger Binyon OBE is an English journalist and eminent foreign correspondent, known for serving as The Times's Moscow Correspondent as well as reporting from Bonn, Washington and all over the Middle East.
He is currently a leader writer for The Times and occasional arts and books critic. After Leighton Park School, Binyon went up to read his degree at Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1963, where he was a direct contemporary of BBC foreign correspondent John Simpson, both reading English. Binyon later switched to Arabic, graduating in 1967.
After teaching English in Minsk for a year, he began his career at the BBC Arabic Service and the Times Educational Supplement. He reported from Moscow in the 70s, and went on to cover the fall of the Berlin Wall and numerous Middle East conflicts. Other positions he has held at The Times include: diplomatic editor, Washington bureau chief and Brussels correspondent, where his opposite number at The Telegraph was one Boris Johnson.
Architectural Historian and Presenter
Dan Cruickshank is an architectural historian and television presenter. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgian Group, and on the Architectural Panel of the National Trust. His recent work includes the television programmes and accompanying books Around the World in 80 Treasures (2005) and Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture (2008). He lives in Spitalfields, London.
Author, Historian and Town Planner
Philip Davies is an historian, chartered town planner and author of 13 critically-acclaimed books, including best-selling works of travel, and architectural and social histories of London, India and the British Empire, as well as many articles.
A former Planning and Development Director of English Heritage, he has been in the forefront of managing change to many of Britain’s most important historic buildings and places. He has traveled extensively to over 120 countries in search of Britain’s overseas heritage. As a renowned international authority on British colonial history and architecture, he has been advising on the conservation-led regeneration of many overseas buildings and places, including Calcutta, Antigua, Valparaiso and Rangoon, where he helped to set up the Yangon Heritage Trust.
Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. He is the founder and chair of the Commonwealth Heritage Forum.
Prof. Alan Forrest
Academic Historian and Napoleonic Expert
Alan Forrest is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of York. He has published widely on the history of the French Revolution and Empire and the history of war.
His publications include Napoleon’s Men: The Soldiers of the Revolution and Empire (London, 2002), The Legacy of the French Revolutionary Wars: The Nation-in-Arms in French Republican Memory (Cambridge, 2009), Napoleon (London, 2011), and Waterloo (Oxford, 2015), a study of the battle and its place in public memory.
His most recent book, The Death of the French Atlantic: Trade, War and Slavery in the Age of Revolution, will be published by Oxford University Press in February 2020. He is also general editor of a three-volume Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars, to be published in 2021.
In the realm of public history, he has served on scientific committees to plan the new museum and visitor centre on the Waterloo battlefield, opened for the Bicentenary in 2015, and to prepare a major exhibition on ‘Napoléon à Sainte-Hélène’ for the Musée de l’Armée in Paris in 2016.
Historian and economic and geopolitical adviser
Francis Pike studied history at Cambridge and is an historian and economic and geopolitical adviser.
Francis lived and worked for 20 years in Japan, China and India and has advised financial institutions as well as governments in Japan, Australia, India, China, Singapore, Bangladesh, Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the United States.
Between 1976 and 1979 he was self-employed before joining Samuel Montagu, a British investment bank, whose investment division subsequently became INVESCO Plc, now known as INVESCO Ltd., in London in 1979. He started by working as a fund manager/analyst covering Japan, all Asian markets, Australia, South Africa, Commodity Stocks world-wide and the UK Overseas Traders sector, before relocating to Japan to set up INVESCO Asset Management Co (Japan) Ltd in 1983. Here he worked on research of Japanese companies providing sector, stock and strategic advice covering the majority of Far Eastern countries.
Representative of the Government of St Helena
Mrs Kedell Worboys MBE is Representative of the Government of St Helena in the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA).
James Bramble is a charity professional and consultant with over fifteen years experience. James began his career developing funding programmes for the Big Lottery Fund and has since worked for organisations including Amnesty International, and the Natural History Museum as a project manager and fundraiser and as Director of Fundraising for a number of charities including the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and Mental Disability Advocacy Centre.
Since 2015 he has worked as a consultant specialising in grant funding and management and has advised clients including HelpAge International, the UN World Conservation Management Centre, SOS Children's Villages UK and Victim Support. He is a trustee of Raising Futures Kenya and a regular contributor to Weapons of Reason magazine.
Digital Media and Events Coordinator
Alexander Kither is a postgraduate researcher and information trainee at the University of London. He studied at St. Anne's College, Oxford, where he studied French history. His research at Oxford focused on the cultural history of the Napoleonic regime, and his thesis confronted the state of the arts after Napoleon's final defeat and exile to St. Helena.
Alexander has worked for the National Trust, University of Oxford, Euroclio and Fondation Napoleon, with an emphasis of digital humanities and information management, and has contributed to numerous historical magazines, journals and conferences in the UK.