• Dr Loyd Grossman CBE, FSA


  • The Rt. Rev'd & Rt. Hon. Richard Chartres, Bishop of London KCVO, DD, FSA
  • Martin Drury CBE, FSA
  • Philippa Glanville OBE, FSA
  • Alison Richmond ACR, FIIC
  • Desmond Shawe-Taylor LVO


  • June Robinson - National Chairman

    June's career began in Personnel with District Bank, then a change of direction after her two sons were born. She spent the next 25 years teaching - Business Subjects, Computer Skills and Religious Studies.

    Involvement in the community has always been a feature: Church groups, Scout groups, PTAs, teaching adults with learning difficulties, stewarding at the local Museum, Heritage Open Days and as a County-appointed Governor at the local 1200 pupil comprehensive school; she is currently Chairman of the Leatherhead Community Association.

    Her first approach to NADFAS House revealed that all local societies had waiting lists and the suggestion to start a new Society. She became Founder Chairman of Leatherhead DFAS (now President) then East Surrey ACE and Area Chairman.  At NADFAS House she has contributed to National Events, Training and the Societies Support Team.  Elected as a NADFAS Trustee in 2010, she became National Chairman in 2015.


  • Catherine (Kate) Siebert - Vice-Chairman

    Brought up in Yorkshire, Kate read English at university and taught in London schools before moving into Adult Education, working mostly for the University of Surrey. It was one of her enthusiastic students who introduced Kate to NADFAS sixteen years ago, and since then she has served as Programme Secretary and Chairman of Farnham DFAS, West Surrey Area Chairman, and recently completed three happy years as OAR. She has been a Church Recorder and still volunteers in the local museum where she began as a new NADFAS member. Delight in NADFAS lectures led her to study for a diploma in History of Art at Birkbeck College and reinforced her conviction of the importance of life-long learning.

    Kate was founder chairman and trustee of a local charity with an international outreach; a governor of a school for Children with Special Needs for twelve years and is still a governor of a girls' school. She has three grown up children and five grandchildren and lives in West Sussex with her husband John.


  • Shaun Pitt - National Treasurer

    On retiring from a 35 year career as a Chartered Accountant and partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shaun joined his wife at Royal Leamington Spa DFAS. He served as Treasurer from 2007 to 2012 and as Vice Chairman 2008 to 2011. Following completion of his term of office at RLS DFAS, he applied for the role of NADFAS Honorary Treasurer and was co-opted to the Trustee Board in April 2012.

    Shaun is Chairman of the Audit Committee at Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham, a tertiary college for the disabled and is also a Vice President of Leamington Rugby Club.

    Shaun lives in South Warwickshire and is married with a son, daughter and two granddaughters.

  • Hilary Alcock

    Hilary was a teacher, lecturer and OFSTED inspector, before moving into Higher education administration establishing international degree programmes and aid projects, and organising the marketing for the recruitment and exchanges of students.

    Initially Hilary joined South Lakeland DFAS, and undertook a variety of committee roles. She then became the inaugural chairman of Fylde DFAS in Lytham St Annes, and concurrently spent two years as Deputy Area Chairman NW. She is still involved with local Young Arts, Church Recording and Heritage activities.

    Other volunteering work has included being a school governor and a FE/HE College governor, and she is currently a trustee of Blackpool’s historic Grand Theatre, as well as a Queen’s Award for Volunteering Assessor for Lancashire. Hilary has degrees in Philosophy and Education, and is passionate about promoting a love of arts and cultures.

    She has a remarkably patient and supportive husband, and a wonderful family!

  • Felix Appelbe

    Felix was brought up in Highgate and his parents were great supporters of the Arts. He followed their example and has founded and supports many charities.

    Felix has been a Solicitor since 1972 becoming a Partner and then Senior Partner of Ambrose Appelbe Solicitors inLincoln’sInn. Now as a Consultant with the firm Felix has more time to devote to the Arts and to NADFAS.

    He became the youngest elected Member of the Council of the National Trust. Felix runs a lovely Cotswold Farm on the Owlpen Manor estate and is a regular supporter and Benefactor of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, other charities and the Courtauld Institute of Arts.

    Felix is currently attending a History of Art course at the Courtauld and an art course at the Slade School of Fine Art.

    Felix lives in London and Gloucestershire.

  • Gordon Davies

    Gordon is Head of Estates at the University of Dundee. Before moving to Scotland in 2006 he was Director of Global Property for GE Healthcare, a division of General Electric.

    He has been an enthusiastic member of NADFAS for about 15 years, initially Beaconsfield and now Tayside. His particular interests include building conservation and church architecture. 

    He has degrees in Russian Literature and Architecture, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

    Married with two grown up children, he and his wife Kristine live in Strathearn near Gleneagles in Perthshire.


  • William (Billy) Baxter Dawson

    Billy spent his working life in banking, including a very interesting and enjoyable 30 years in India, South East Asia and the Far East, where he also did much voluntary work. On retirement Billy moved to the south of Spain and was introduced to NADFAS in 1999 when he joined Costa del Sol DFAS. He held various Committee posts for three years and was then Chairman for four. He spent a subsequent four years as Area Chairman for Mainland Europe, representing Societies from Berlin to Gibraltar. He was instrumental in opening the latter, and is currently assisting the opening of a new Society in southern Spain.

    Billy still lives on the Costa del Sol and is currently Stewardship Officer, as well as assisting with fundraising, at his local Anglican Church.

  • Alison Galvin-Wright

    Alison worked in a historical picture library and then as a charity consultant for over 20 years. 

    She and her husband Jeffrey retired and moved to Marlborough in 2001 where they became involved with The Merchant's House and the restoration programme of the iconic 17th Century silk merchant's house.   Alison as a Trustee and Chair of the Development Committee and her late husband designing the 17th century style garden and also the Marlborough Community Diamond Jubilee Orchard. 

    A long association with NADFAS, as a committee member, Society Chairman, Area Chairman and a member of the NADFAS Societies' Support Team, Alison is looking forward  to helping formulate plans for NADFAS as a Trustee, whilst keeping in touch with the needs of Societies and their members. 

    Relaxation comes through music, theatre, the local community and not least with her family, grandchildren and friends.


  • Penny Hedley-Lewis

    Penny worked in London until 1978 when she married and moved to Cambridge. She now lives in Lincolnshire and where she is a partner in the family farm with her husband.

    Penny joined the Rutland Society in 1989, becoming a committee member in 1994 and Chairman in 1999. She was area trainer for four years from 2004-2008 and then area Chairman for five years from 2008. She has also organised foreign trips for the Society since 2000 to Europe and USA.

    In addition Penny has been Red Cross President for Lincolnshire since 2006.

    Like her family she has been heavily involved-in the skiing world, working for the Ski Club of Great Britain and the Ladies Ski Club where she was Club Secretary from 1990-2002.

    She loves most sports especially tennis and skiing and has run the London Marathon for the last ten years. Her three daughters all work in London and share her love of sport.

  • Michael Shirley

    Michael spent twenty five years in the electrical appliance industry during which time he was one of the management team to launch Braun Appliances in the UK and subsequently the Appliance division of Clairol. His final appointment was with Dart and Kraft (food) Inc where he managed a pan European and Middle East distributor network and reported directly to the US.

    In 1996 he established a business, Sonning Developments, which acts for landowners and farmers whose land is required in growth areas for residential or mixed use development. Locations include Swindon and Milton Keynes where the local authorities encourage inward investment and commensurate residential development activity.

    In my new role as a Trustee I look forward to assisting with the selection and implementation of key achievable activities which will be important for the future progress of NADFAS as we approach our Golden Jubilee year.

    My social activities include being a Court Member of my City of London Livery Company whilst cricket is a passion and golf would be if I played better!

    My wife and I enjoy the Arts and we have shared a lifelong interest in antiques.

  • Denise Topolski

    Denise left the Netherlands and came to Great Britain in 1969 to study English and became a permanent resident after her marriage to her British husband in 1971.  Her early career was in public relations at a newspaper and as a receptionist for an electrical retailer. After her marriage she used these skills to help build the family business in electronics for 16 years, as well as raising her family of three children. Denise was involved in sales, but was also responsible for human resources, customer relations and marketing. She helped run the local NCT group and became a trainer for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. In 1988 Denise pursued a different career and became a psychotherapist running a private clinic dealing with stress and change management, family therapy and behavioural therapy. 2000 brought an opportunity to become an instructor and trainer in Method Putkisto Pilates and Denise ran the training course from 2009/2011.

    Always interested in art and history Denise became part of the committee setting up Surrey Heath DFAS and was Vice Chairman and the projectionist for the first four years. This was followed by her Chairmanship, during which she set up the afternoon group. Served as a YAAR and Chairman of the West Surrey Area, as well as being a member of the National YA Team, In 2010 Denise was appointed Young Arts Chairman till May 2014. She will now be contributing to NEL and NADFAS Tours.

  • Sally Wykeham

    Sally joined NOP Market Research after university and subsequently became a Group Manager before leaving the commercial world to join the Central Office of Information Research Department. She continued in her career over a number of years, punctuated by spells abroad as an Army wife, and published several academic papers in market research journals.

    A member of NADFAS for over twenty five years, she has served on two Hampshire committees, Alton and Winchester and joined the Hampshire Area Team as Education Representative in 1996. Involvement in Training followed and she became one of the first Area Trainers when national Training started in 2004. She subsequently was appointed Head of Training in 2007 which she undertook until the end of 2010. Additionally she has been Deputy Area Chairman of Hampshire from 2009 until 2011.

    Married with two sons, Sally lives near Alton in Hampshire with her husband and two dogs. She has been active in the local community both in politics and in fundraising for arthritis research.


  • Susan Zuill

    Susan spent her early career working in Scottish Television for the Scottish Director of a London advertising film company.

    After marrying and having three sons she took over an antique business in Falkirk and spent several very enjoyable years buying and selling antique furniture, jewellery and china.

    Susan also became interested in juvenile care and justice and the unique Children’s Hearing System in Scotland and was appointed to the Falkirk Children’s Panel later becoming a member of the Children’s Panel Advisory Committee.  This led to her 17 year membership of the Visiting Committee of Polmont Young Offenders Institution encouraged by her bridge partner who was a Governor.

    Susan was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Stirling and Falkirk in 2008.

    Her interest in NADFAS developed nearly twenty years ago when she joined Stirling DFAS becoming Treasurer then Chairman and eventually Area Chairman, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  She says she has had a great deal of very rewarding pleasure from her membership of NADFAS.

Chief Executive

  • Florian Schweizer

    Before joining NADFAS as Chief Executive in 2014, Florian worked in the heritage and education sector for 13 years. As Director of the Charles Dickens Museum in London he was responsible for the ground-breaking, multi-million pound restoration and expansion project that transformed the Museum into a centre for heritage education and volunteering. He was also founder and General Director of Dickens 2012, an international consortium of more than 150 organisations set up to celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens around the globe.

    He has lectured internationally on a wide range of topics and acted as heritage consultant for both heritage and corporate organisations around the world.

    Florian was brought up in Germany within an artistic environment. His father was a sculptor and painter, and his mother a novelist and journalist. He graduated with degrees in English Literature and History from the University of Bonn and holds a PhD in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London.