Global Heritage Fund UK

Global Heritage Fund UK is the partner of Global Heritage Fund, an international conservancy based in California, USA.

Global Heritage Fund UK shares the Global Heritage Fund mission to preserve and protect humankind’s most important archaeological and cultural heritage sites in developing countries.

Through forming new alliances, establishing partnerships, and building a network of conservation and development leaders, Global Heritage Fund UK is providing our projects with new ideas, resources, and supporters that will exponentially benefit these sites and build momentum for our global campaign to save vanishing heritage sites in developing regions.

Global Heritage Fund UK
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James Hooper, Director, GHF UK
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GHF UK Board of Trustees

Global Heritage Fund registered as a charity in England and Wales (reg: 1117419) in 2006, extending GHF’s network of members, staff, and technical experts throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. GHF has chosen a Board of Trustees whose role has been to ensure due diligence and governance in the establishment of GHF UK that has created a solid legal, ethical, and procedural framework for expansion.

Mr. Patrick L. Franco


Patrick joined Foxtons as Chief Operating Officer in February 2015.  Prior to that, Patrick was COO of Credit Suisse Asset Management UK. He also helped launch the start-up, Second Home, which offers stimulating workspaces that support new forms of collaboration and creativity. He has over 11 years of financial services experience in a range of strategy and business development roles across investment banking and wealth management at Credit Suisse in London and New York. He joined Credit Suisse in 2003 after completing his BA in Modern History & Politics from Oxford University (Pembroke College).  In addition, he also holds a MBA from the University of Chicago (highest honours). Patrick is a dual US and UK citizen, and lives in London with his partner Nathan. In his spare time, he’s an avid archaeology enthusiast and explorer.  Patrick’s personal interests include international development and developing sustainable business models related to tourism that can help drive community development.  In 2013, he became a trustee of Global Heritage Fund UK.

Mr. James Hooper

Having trained in archaeology and anthropology at Bristol and Cambridge Universities respectively, James Hooper founded the Global Heritage Fund UK in 2007 to draw on the extensive network of technical experts and passionate supporters of cultural heritage in the UK. The organisation has grown successfully, and he is currently on the Board of Global Heritage Fund while gaining legal qualification as a solicitor with the aim of furthering the legal protection of such projects.  He is a Member of the ICOMOS International Committee for Legal, Administrative and Financial Issues (the advisory body to UNESCO) and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Grocers. James is also the founder and partner of The Big Blue Experience, a water sports and outdoor activities centre in the Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park, Wales.

Mr. Stefaan Poortman

Stefaan Poortman joined Global Heritage Fund (GHF) in 2005 and currently serves as Executive Director. Stefaan is responsible for the management and operation of GHF in addition to the strategic direction of the organization.

In addition to being a member of GHF’s Board of Trustees, Stefaan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tayrona Foundation for Archaeological and Environmental Research (FIAAT – Fundación de Investigaciones Arqueológicas y Ambientales Tayrona) in Colombia.

Prior to becoming Executive Director, Stefaan served as GHF’s Vice President of Partnerships, where he led GHF projects and fundraising in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in addition to managing institutional and project partnerships. Stefaan also directed GHF’s global community development program, including strategy, project activities, and fundraising.

Stefaan has over 17 years of experience with international non-profit organizations. Prior to his work with GHF, Stefaan worked at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in the Climate and Energy Program, focusing on the development of voluntary corporate greenhouse gas accounting and reporting programs in Mexico, India, the Philippines, and South Africa.

Stefaan also worked with Chemonics International to develop on-line project monitoring and evaluation tools for environmental sustainability projects, as well as with the World Foundation for Environment and Development (WFED) to broker bioprospecting agreements between conservation areas and biotech companies in the U.S. and internationally.

Stefaan holds an MA with Honors in Economics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, with a focus on developmental and environmental economics. In addition to English, Stefaan speaks Dutch, as well as some French and Spanish.

Ms. Mary Slawson

Mary Slawson’s passionate commitment to cultural diversity and conservation is attested to by a lifetime of engagement and learning. Having enrolled as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1963, she moved to Lahore, Pakistan, where she was to meet and wed her husband Paul Slawson. On returning to Peace Corps HQ in Washington, they spent their early married lives in California, Morocco, Egypt, London, and Brussels. In Brussels, Mary established Le Voluntariat de Croix Rouge, providing help in schools and hospitals. Mary holds certificates from the Universite de Lausanne, University College London, Universite de Bruxelles, Hunter College, Marymount College, Marylhurst University, the British Museum, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. In 1977, she founded Penny Whistle Toys in New York City, and in 1982 became Director of Marketing and Sales for Ginsberg Corporation. In 1987 she joined the Board of the Merola Opera, San Francisco, where she was to remain for over twenty years. Mary has also served on the Boards of the Institute of International Education, Summerbridge, Amrita, Chanticleer, and the Margaret de Biever Mondavi Opera House. In the UK, Mary is a Patron of Asia House, the Bhavan Community Centre, and has served on the Board of Arts World Wide. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, where she and her husband have established the Slawson Fellowship.

Mr. Daniel K. Thorne

Dan Thorne is President of Star Lake Capital, Inc., a private equity management and venture capital firm. Mr. Thorne is also Chairman of the eponymous Daniel K. Thorne Foundation, supporting historic preservation and wildlife conservation worldwide. An ardent preservationist and conservationist, he is a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and serves on the board of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.  He is a former member of the board of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Since 1995, he has also been a principal shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of Hamilton Thorne Biosciences, Inc. Mr. Thorne has in the past served on the boards of CCH, Inc. from 1979-1996, SLT Communications, and the Imperial Sugar Company, as well as serving as Chairman of the Georgetown Steel Company, subsequently sold to the Mittal Steel Group.

Princess Alia Al-Senussi

Princess Alia Al-Senussi graduated Brown University Magna Cum Laude in 2003 with a double concentration in International Relations (honors) and Middle East Studies, following the completion of her A-Levels at Aiglon College in 2000. Alia holds an MA in Political Science from Brown University (2004) and an MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society from the London School of Economics (2005). Alia is currently studying towards her PhD in Politics with Professor Charles Tripp at SOAS (London) examining the nexus of institutions of power, national identity and art & culture, featuring a case study of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Alia is an active member of the contemporary art world, with a special focus on young patronage and arts and culture in the Middle East, holding a variety of non-profit board and committee positions which promote young patronage of the arts in London and collecting in the Middle East. The majority of the philanthropic work Alia does is through chairing/ founding/ running museum patrons groups.

Alia is Chair of the Tate Young Patrons (and representative to the Tate Patrons board), co-chair of the Parasol Future Unit and founding International Co-Chair of The Chinati Foundation Contemporaries Council as well as a member of the Committee for the Serpentine Gallery Future Contemporaries group (previously Vice Chair) and the Advisory group of Photo London.


Alia is a founding member of the Tate’s Acquisitions Committee for the Middle East and North Africa, the Board of Patrons of Art Dubai (serving an integral role in the founding of the fair itself), the Board of 1:54 The African Art Fair, and the Middle East Circle of the Guggenheim. Alia is a member of the board of trustees (the Council) of the Institute of Contemporary Arts London and has served as a Gala Co-Chair for 3 years.

Alia frequently speaks at conferences on the subject of arts patronage, for example moderating and participating in numerous panels at Art Basel salons around the world and guest lecturing every term at Sotheby’s Institute in London as well as other speaking engagements such as UNICEF and The Arts Club (London). Alia works to promote various institutions and non-profit organizations through the arts and their overlapping interests with fashion and business and was most recently featured in the main profile of Burberry’s Art of the Trench Middle East film that is currently being shown at most flagship stores around the world.

Alia also works at times as a curator and writer, often discussing her own experiences in the international art world through publications such as in the recently published Mario Testino catalogue alongside the celebrated photographer’s show in Dubai or the critically acclaimed “Hong Kongese” show at Duddell’s, Hong Kong organized in conjunction with ICA London in March 2015.

Alia sits on the Board of Trustees for the Global Heritage Fund UK as well as previously their partner organization in the US. Amongst Alia’s professional commitments, Alia works as the VIP Representative for the Middle East and consultant for Art Basel and an Executive at Generation Three Family Partners, a multi-family office based in London and Zug, Switzerland, as well as a liaison to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for their art and sponsorship activities in the Middle East and an ambassador to Farfetch.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

The Duke of Gloucester, christened Richard Alexander Walter George, was born on 26th August 1944 in Northampton. He is the second Son of the late Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester and the late Princess Alice and is grandson of George V and a first cousin to The Queen. He became heir to his father’s titles following the death of his elder brother, Prince William of Gloucester in 1972.

Prince Richard was educated at home, before going to school at Wellesley House, Broadstairs, and Eton. In 1963, he went on to Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read architecture. After completing his training, he went into practice as a partner in a firm of London architects. However, after becoming his father’s heir he took on increased royal duties and responsibility for the family estate at Barnwell, Northamptonshire, and therefore resigned his partnership.

The Duke of Gloucester married Birgitte van Deurs in 1972. He and The Duchess of Gloucester currently live at Kensington Palace and have three children and six grandchildren.

The Duke of Gloucester carries out a significant number of public duties, many as Patron, President or Fellow of a number of charities with which he is involved. The Duke has an association with 150 charities and organisations in total and in addition to this he holds honorary military appointments with The Royal Anglian Regiment, The Royal Army Medical Corps, The Royal Logistic Corps, 6th Battalion – The Rifles, The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) and Royal Air Force Odiham.

Following his father, he is Grand Prior of the Order of St John, the international charity. The Duke of Gloucester also carries out many ceremonial and official duties. Some are related to architecture, construction and conservation, in which he is still deeply interested. He was elected a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1972 and he is Royal Patron of the British Museum. The Duke is also President of several architectural preservation societies, including the Victorian Society and National Churches Trust. He is also Patron of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, UK National Committee, as well as the Global Heritage Fund. In 2007 he was appointed Chancellor of the University of Worcester.

GHF UK Diplomatic Council

GHF UK has formed a Diplomatic Council, a loosely connected network of ex-Ambassadors who have held posts in GHF project regions. The aim of the Council is to bring critical insight, add value, and build the GHF UK network at home and abroad.

GHF UK Advisory Council

Prof. Henry Cleere

Principal Consultant, Heritage Management and World Heritage
Centre for Applied Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London


Mr. Ben Goldsmith

Founding Partner, WHEB Ventures Ltd.


Mrs. Kathryn Greig

Chairman and Founder, The International Exchange Committee of The American Ballet Theatre.  Founder, Serpentine Council.


Mr. Loyd Grossman

Chairman, Heritage Alliance


Prof. Norman Hammond

Times archaeological correspondent


The Earl of Harrowby

Guild of Handicraft Trust


Mr. John Hurd

President of the ICOMOS Advisory Committee


Mr. Jeff Morgan

Founder, Global Heritage Fund (USA)

Princess Alia al-Senussi

Ph.D. Candidate, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Dr. Peter Sharrock

Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of History of Art and
Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies


Sir David Tang

Founder, Shanghai Tang, China Clubs

Mr. Stephen Bridges

Stephen is currently on a period of unpaid leave from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He spent the majority of his 25-year diplomatic career working in Asia, including as the British Ambassador to Cambodia from 2000-2004. Since his time away from the FCO, Stephen has been involved in business activities in the resources sector – establishing Greater Mekong Resources Co. Ltd., a mining exploration company, as well advising companies involved in the agriculture and renewable energy sectors, particularly bio-fuels and marine energy projects. He studied International Relations at London University and East Asian Studies at Post Graduate level at Leeds University.

Sir Richard Dalton

Sir Richard Dalton is the former British Ambassador to Iran (2002–2006). He joined the diplomatic service in 1970, and served in such places as Jordan, Oman, Israel, and the United Nations.  Between 1999-2002, he was Ambassador to Libya and is currently Director General of the Libyan British Business Council.

Mr. Hugh Davies

Hugh was born in India, educated at Cambridge, and spent 33 years in the British Diplomatic Service, much of it in East Asia, including China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. In the 1980s, he headed the British Embassy trade promotion section in Beijing as Commercial Counsellor and in the early 1990s, he was Senior British Trade Commissioner in Hong Kong. His final overseas posting was as Ambassador leading the British team in the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group during the last four years of negotiations for the handover in Hong Kong in 1997.

Mr. Richard Lavers

Richard Lavers retired from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in February 2006, where his last appointment was as UK Ambassador to Guatemala, with accreditation in El Salvador and Honduras. In his 37-year career, he has also been UK Ambassador to Ecuador, Deputy Head of Mission and Consular General in Chile, and has served in Argentina, together with a number of senior positions within the FCO.  During the 1990s he also undertook a secondment with a merchant bank in London.  Richard Lavers also holds a degree in history from Oxford University.