Council

In this section, you can find out about FRH’s structure and current council members. Future for Religious Heritage is an international organisation which helps safeguard the legacy of Europe’s cultural and religious heritage.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of Europe, its culture and history. We do this by making a positive contribution to European heritage and the countries we work with – changing perceptions by creating opportunities, building connections and promoting diversity.

Meet our Council Members:

Pilar Bahamonde – President

Committees: Membership, Barcelona Conference Subcommittee, Communications
Committee chair: Membership (co-chair)


Spanish. Member since 2012 and Council Member since 2016. She is the director of the Centre of Studies of Liébana, an institution belonging to the Regional Education, Culture and Sport Society of the Government of Cantabria, and has vast experience in all tasks connected with cultural tourism in rural areas. She is specifically dedicated to the preservation and promotion of tangible and intangible religious heritage, focusing on pilgrimage.

Sarah de Lencquesaing – Treasurer

Committees: Governance
Committee chair: Governance Committee chair


American. Member since 2014 and council member since 2014. Board member of French Heritage Society and member of its Audit and Grant Committees, Board member of French American Foundation and member of its Audit and Program Committees, Board member Vieilles Maisons Françaises, Board member Musique Sacré Notre Dame de Paris, and past Vice Chairman of the American Library in Paris. Previous career in banking.

Becky Clark – Secretary

Committees: Strategic Planning
Committee Chair: Strategic Planning


British. A member since 2019 and a council member since 2019, Becky is the Director of Churches and Cathedrals in the Archbishop’s Council at the Church of England. An experienced director-level policy professional, specialising in heritage management particularly the religious buildings sector. Extensive experience of developing and delivering strategic plans and complex stakeholder management. Specialisms include government liaison, fundraising, change management, management of multi- disciplinary teams.

 

 

 

Andrea Longhi

Committees: Scientific Advisory
Committee chair: N/A


Italian. Member since 2018 and Council member since 2020. Associate Professor in the History of Architecture, Politecnico di Torino. Consultant for Cultural Heritage Projects for ecclesiastical projects and from 2019 consultant on the implementation of the Regional Landscape Plan for Regione Piemonte. Wide experience of university teaching and research in architecture and heritage.

 

 

 

Henrik Lindblad

Committees: Conference
Committee Chair: Barcelona Conference Subcommittee, Scientific Advisory


Swedish. One of the founding members of FRH and a council member since 2020, Henrik is a Heritage Officer at the Church of Sweden, a trained Art Historian and a specialist in ecclesiastical art, architecture and heritage management. He previously worked for the Swedish National Heritage Board and the Ministry of Culture. He is one of the founders of FRH and also co-founder of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee PRERICO (Places of Religion and Ritual).

Justin Kroesen

Committees: Scientific Advisory, Paris Conference Subcommittee
Committee Chair: n/a


Dutch. A member since 2013 and council member since 2020, Justin is a professor of the Material Culture of Christianity at the University of Bergen (Norway), and curator of the church art collection at its University Museum. Research interests include the art and architecture of medieval churches and their fate through the sixteenth-century Reformations. During many years he was actively involved in the work of the foundations of old Groningen and Friesland churches (the Netherlands).

 

 

 

Mara Popescu

Committees: Membership
Committee Chair: Membership (co-chair)


Hungarian – Romanian. A member since 2014 and a council member since 2016 Mara has a PhD, BA & MA in Architecture, MSc in Conservation of Monuments and Sites – KU Leuven, and PGCert in Architectural History-University of Oxford. She is an expert in Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development from the Corvinus University, Budapest. She is also a representative for the ICOMOS scientific committee of Place of Religion and Ritual.

Michael Mail

Committees: Strategic Planning, Governance and Nominations, Vicenza Conference Subcommittee
Committee Chair: Governance


British. A member since 2014 and a council member since 2019, Michael is an effective Leader – with extensive experience in a range of leadership roles. Initiator of Change – translating vision to strategy to programme. Fundraiser – top donor and mass campaign. Award-winning Author. Founder & Chief Executive, Foundation for Jewish Heritage, 2014-to present.

Stefan Beier

Committees: Finance, Membership
Committee Chair: n/a


German. A member since 2018 and a council member since 2019, Stefan is the Chair of the Board of KLOSTERLAND, an association of monasteries in Germany and Poland. Director of Museum im Zisterzienserkloster Lehnin (Museum in the former Cistercian Monastery of Lehnin).

Wenceslas de Lobkowicz

Committees: Governance and Nominations
Committee Chair: n/a


Czech and French. A member since 2016 and a council member since 2016, he is a graduate from Sciences Po – Paris and holds a Masters degree in Law from Paris II University. In 1979 he joined the European Commission where he has occupied varying positions, as well as being a cabinet member for two different Commissioners. He is the author of various publications