Andrew Wells has over 25 years’ experience working on the conservation, maintenance, presentation and promotion of Grade I listed historic property, including interiors and contents, gardens and parks. He has a first degree in historical geography and an MA (distinction) in the history, art and architecture of country houses. He researches and lectures on the history of houses, gardens and their owners, has written several guidebooks, and leads tours to many historic buildings.
As a former Member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers and Expert Adviser to the National Heritage Memorial Fund, he has overseen many sensitive conservation projects. He was a director, curator and land agent at Leeds Castle, Kent (one of the United Kingdom’s most popular heritage sites, welcoming over half a million visitors a year), and belongs to the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.
Previously he managed several Grade I buildings in the City of London and 60 almshouses in Sussex. He was Chairman of the Historic Houses Association’s south-east region 1997-2001 and a member of the Association’s Executive Committee for many years.
He is a trustee of the Kent Gardens Trust, a member of the Kent Historic Buildings Committee and a former trustee of the Chevening Estate. He organised the Kent Heritage Event in 2005 and 2008.