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:

Olivier de Rohan-Chabot – President of FRH since 2011

French. Président of La Sauvegarde de l’Art Français, France’s leading religious buildings charity, Vice-Président of les Amis de l’Hôtel de la Marine, co-founder of La Fondation du Patrimoine, France’s largest non-state heritage funder, and past Président of les Amis de Versailles. He previously had careers in marketing and recruitment.

Michael Hoare – Treasurer of FRH since 2011

English. Former Chairman of the National Churches Trust, in London , currently Trustee of the Architectural Heritage Fund (UK), Heritage of London Trust (UK), la Sauvegarde de l’Art Français (Paris), and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. A graduate of INSEAD, he previously had a career in industry and financial services in France.

Lilian Grootswagers-Theuns – Council Secretary of FRH since 2011

Dutch. Owner of Erfgoed.nu, a Dutch Heritage Institute, and Vice-President of the Task Force Toekomst Kerkgebouwen, a national and independent citizen’s movement aiming to re-establish religious buildings as living elements of the urban and rural landscape and communities. Before working in heritage, she had a career in financial management.

Professor Thomas Coomans – FRH Council Member since 2011

Belgian. Received his PhD from, and is now Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, at the KU Leuven, in Belgium. He has published widely on the history of church conservation, and is also a member of the Commission Royale des Monuments et Sites, which works to preserve historic sites in the Brussels area.

Giannalia Cogliandro – FRH Council member since 2011

Italian. Secretary General of ENCATC, the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres, an organisation closely linked with UNESCO and the Council of Europe which gathers higher educational institutions and training organisations dealing with cultural management education and training.

Sarah de Lencquesaing – FRH Council Member since 2014

American. 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, Founder and Junior Council Member American Hospital of Paris, past Vice Chairman American Library in Paris. Previous career in banking.

Robert Chatin – FRH Council member since October 2015

French. He is a lawyer with a career including that of Finance Director of Usinor, at the time one of France’s biggest companies. Robert has helped FRH set up the Inform project with Sciences Po, and is a member of the FRH Finance Committee.

Pilar Bahamonde – FRH Council member since 2016

Spanish. 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 .

Mara Popescu – FRH Council Member since 2016

Hungarian. PhD, BA & MA in Architecture, MSc in Conservation of Monuments and Sites- Ongoing studies at The Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, KU Leuven, Belgium. Expert in Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development from the Corvinus University, Budapest. Representative for the ICOMOS scientific committee of Place of Religion and Ritual.

Wenceslas de Lobkowicz – FRH Council Member since 2016

Czech and French. 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