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Support Us | About the Leeds Castle Foundation


The cost of caring for a 900-year-old estate and castle requires a lot of funding and support and we need your help now more than ever before.

Covid-19 had a severe impact on heritage sites like Leeds Castle with visitor numbers – especially from overseas – still below pre-pandemic levels. With higher energy bills and inflation fuelled prices our ability to re-invest in maintaining this wonderful place is a growing challenge.

It means that the Leeds Castle Foundation needs to raise more income through fundraising than ever before to support the ongoing conservation and survival of the estate. We also need to protect our environment by switching to green energy and lowering our carbon footprint. That all comes at a cost.

As a registered charity you can also make your donation go further through Gift Aid helping us to maintain the castle and the nationally important historical landscape in which it sits. If you love this place as much as we do, your support could make all the difference.

Charity Registration

Our mission and objectives

The Leeds Castle Foundation mission is to care for the castle, her collections and estate for current and future generations to enjoy.


The Board of Trustees provide expert guidance on running the Foundation to ensure
the preservation of the castle and estate for future generations to enjoy.

Ros Kerslake CBE

Former CEO at National Lottery Heritage Fund, Ros chairs Leeds Castle Foundation. OBE in 2016, CBE in 2020 for heritage services.

Judith Armitt

Pro Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Judith chairs Leeds Castle Finance Committee. Experienced CEO and Trustee.

Adrian Tinniswood OBE FSA

Cultural History Professor, author, and Leeds Castle Foundation Trustee. Former Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund (South West).

Helen Deeble CBE

Cultural History Professor, author, and Leeds Castle Foundation Trustee. Former Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund (South West).

Sarah Roots

EVP at Warner Bros Studio Tours & Retail, Sarah leads Leeds Castle Enterprises Board. Expert in developing successful visitor attractions.

Sarah Masotti

Digital Transformation Lead at Google Cloud and Leeds Castle Foundation Trustee. Former Management Consultant at PWC.

Ruth Knight

Head of Sustainability at the Royal Household, Ruth is a Foundation Trustee. Former roles at English Heritage and Greater London Authority.

Anna Eavis

Chief Executive of Oxford Preservation Trust and Leeds Castle Foundation Trustee. Former Curatorial Director of English Heritage.

Julian Smith

Partner at Farrer and Co’s Charity and Community Team, Julian chairs Leeds Castle Finance Committee. Visiting lecturer and Trustee.

Tom Wright CBE

Chair of Imperial War Museum Development Trust, Tom chairs Leeds Castle Enterprises Board. Former CEO at Guide Dogs and Visit Britain.

Senior Leadership

Helen Bonser-Wilton

Chief Executive

Working with the Board and Senior Leadership Team to set and deliver an ambitious strategic vision for Leeds Castle Foundation.

Sue Prichard

Head Curator

Leading the Heritage and Learning teams, caring for & interpreting the collections & stories of Leeds Castle, developing & delivering unique educational experiences.

Debbie Matthews

Head of Audience Development

Developing audience participation in the Foundation’s work, through outreach, visiting and volunteering, reaching out to those with barriers to accessing heritage.

Lucy Hutchings

Commercial Operations Director

Driving commercial results across day visiting, hospitality & accommodation, ensuring safe operation and an excellent customer experience.

Robin Richman

Finance Director

Leading on support services for the Foundation, encompassing Finance, IT and HR.

Nathan Johnstone

Interim Head of Estate Services

Caring for the heritage buildings, gardens, estate, wildlife, facilities, golf course, security, housekeeping & estate cleaning.

Mark Delin

Brand and Marketing Director

Developing and delivering marketing strategy & plans to promote the Foundation’s visitor attractions, hospitality, accommodation and charitable work to the public.

Annual Review & Financial Statements

Find out more about our past performance and future ambitions through our annual reviews and financial statements.

Our accounts for the past three years are available for download on the Charity Commission for England and Wales website.

Our Projects

Thank you for supporting our projects past and present.

As a charity, the ongoing support of our donors, visitors, hospitality and event guests makes a huge difference allowing us to undertake vital projects.