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 degrees in historical geography and in the history, art and architecture of country houses (MA with distinction). 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 Chartered Building Engineer 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 is a member of 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 served on 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.