Meet the Judges

Hudson’s Heritage Awards are independently judged from detailed nominations made by heritage attractions. The judging panel brings together some of the UK’s leading experts in heritage tourism and is chaired by Norman Hudson OBE.

The judges will appraise and evaluate each entry and apply the following criteria: • Meets the category criteria.

  • Shows sensitivity and respect for the long-term heritage and conservation values of the site.
  • Can demonstrate innovation and creativity. 
  • Demonstrates understanding of customer needs.
  • Demonstrates results and success, e.g. increased customer awareness, increased numbers of visitors or revenue, improved visitor reviews etc.

All entries must include visual material – photographs, video, publications etc.

A short list will be drawn up by the Chairman in consultation, and further clarification sought from the entrant as necessary. The judges reserve the right to reassign categories. Awards will be made to winners and runners up as highly commended at the judges’ discretion.

Norman Hudson OBE

Chairman Norman Hudson was a pioneer in advising on historic house and tourism management. He began his career as a land agent in Savills country house department and was then Adviser to the Historic Houses Association for over 30 years.

He has been a member of the National Trust Council and the British Tourism Development Committee and the HHA’s Council and Tourism & Commercial Development Committee. He launched Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens in 1987 and sold the company in 2007.

He received an OBE for services to the heritage tourism industry in 2003. He is currently Chairman of the Country Houses Foundation and of the Sulgrave Manor Trust.

Lucinda Lambton

Lucinda Lambton started her career as a photographer and writer but is better known as an award winning television presenter and crusader in the cause of heritage. She has made more than 80 films for television and several series for Radio 4 as well as writing 14 books for which she was also the photographer.

She is known for her love of the quirky, eccentric and unusual, researching architectural delights from lavatories to dog kennels, and communicating with passion, humour and personality. She has been a lecturer at the Royal Geographic Society, the National Trust and Royal Oak and a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Country Life and The Daily Mail.

She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and an honorary member of the Chelsea Arts Club, President of the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Patron of the Cinema Theatre Association, Honorary Vice President of The Crossness Engines Trust and President of the Garden History Society.

Simon Foster

Simon Foster is a respected and experienced heritage consultant. He started out as a Location Manager for the BBC and was General Manager at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire for 15 years¸ where he developed a successful and widely respected historic house business, as a visitor attraction and venue for weddings and corporate events.

He was instrumental in bringing The Big Chill music festival to Eastnor, where it now attracts over 35,000 people. In 2007 he founded consultancy Simon Foster Associates which advises on a broad range of commercial issues.

He is a member of the Tourism & Commercial Development Committee of the Historic Houses Association and was a consultant on the Channel 4 series ‘Country House Rescue’.

Jeremy Musson

Jeremy Musson is an architectural historian, writer, editor and presenter. He is a recognised authority on British country houses and a skilled but accessible communicator on TV, radio and as a print journalist, author and lecturer. He was architectural editor of Country Life, worked on the National Trust’s curatorial staff and was architectural adviser to The Victorian Society.

He has published 8 books on country houses, contributed to or been commissioning editor for more than a dozen more. He lectures widely on country houses and is a regular lecturer for the Attingham Summer School, Royal Oak, National Trust, NACF, English Speaking Union.

He is a trustee of Stowe House Preservation Trust, Moggerhanger House Preservation Trust and on the Advisory Board of the American Friends of British Art and the Fabric Advisory Committee of Ely Cathedral.

Ken Robinson CBE

Ken Robinson is an Adviser and Consultant on tourism development and strategic planning, and has specialised in visitor attractions. He was Managing Director of Lord Montagu's businesses at Beaulieu and developed the National Motor Museum complex in the 1970s and 1980s. He pioneered new management and marketing techniques and established consultancy services. He established and was Managing Director of Leisure Recreation and Tourism Ltd and its subsidiary, Ventures Consultancy Ltd. These companies provided analytical, development and management services for tourism projects and visitor attractions including Historic Royal Palaces, Kew Gardens, Westminster Abbey, London Docklands, English Heritage properties, English Riviera, Empire State Building, Guinness (Diageo), Maritime Trust, Museum of Australia, Royal Mint, and many Historic Houses.

He is a Board member of the Tourism Society and Chair of their Think Tank, Chair of VisitEngland’s Visitor Attractions Group and past Chair of the Tourism Alliance. He has been an adviser to the DCMS Ministerial Tourism Advisory Council, the UN World Tourism Organisation, the New Millienium Experience Co, and the 2012 London Olympics & Paralympics.

He was awarded the CBE for services to tourism in 1997 and the England for Excellence Award for Lifetime Services to Tourism in 1998.

Helen Rosslyn

Helen is a writer and presenter of art history documentaries, curator, and specialist in prints and drawings, with a particular interest in the history of collections. Trained at Christies, she is the long-term Director and organiser of The London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy of Arts, now London’s longest running art fair.

In 1995, she and her husband, Peter, Earl of Rosslyn, established the Rosslyn Chapel Trust, a charity to care for one of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings, Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh. The chapel has been owned by the Rosslyn family since its foundation in 1446 and is still used today as a place of worship. The Trust has been able to rescue and restore this unique building, putting in place an ongoing conservation programme. In addition the Trust now provides facilities, including a shop, café and interactive interpretation for the hundreds of thousands of visitors who now come here each year, many attracted initially by the Chapel’s role in Dan Brown’s best selling novel, The Da Vinci Code and the 2006 film based on it.

Helen’s television credits include Rosslyn Chapel: Treasure in Stone; Bought with Love: The Secret History of British Art Collections; Castiglione: Rogue Genius of the Baroque; Great Estates; The Quizeum. Books include Rosslyn, Country of Painter and Poet; and William the Cat and the Rescue of Rosslyn Chapel.