Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury
Nicholas Edmund Anthony Ashley-Cooper graduated from the London Business School with an M.B.A. He has worked as the CEO of a music software company, and in business development and digital strategy for a private equity firm. He is an extreme athlete, running marathons to benefit charitable organizations addressing the needs of people with disabilities—including races across the Sahara, Atacama and Gobi deserts. Lord Shaftsbury succeeded his older brother Anthony, the 11th Earl, who died of a heart attack in May 2005. Following his brother’s death, Lord Shaftesbury relocated to the UK and set out to restore St. Giles House. He is the first Shaftesbury in 50 years to live in the house, alongside his wife Dinah and three children.
Jeremy Musson, FSA Historian and HHF Trustee
Jeremy Musson is a leading commentator and authority on the English Country House. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and sits on a number of boards and trusts including the Country House Foundation. He was awarded an M Phil in Renaissance History at the Warburg Institute, University of London, in 1989 and was Architectural Editor of Country Life from 1995-2007. Before joining Country Life in 1995, Mr. Musson was an assistant regional curator for the National Trust in East Anglia, curating historic houses such as Ickworth House, and at the same time setting up the research and interpretation of new sites such as, the ex-bomb testing range and nature reserve at Orford Ness in Suffolk. He has written and edited hundreds of articles on historic country houses, from Garsington Manor to Knebworth House. Mr. Musson also presented 14 programmes on BBC 2, making up two series called The Curious House Guest, in 2005-07, and he also lectures and supervises for academic programmes with Cambridge University, London University and Buckingham University, and the Attingham Summer School. Among his books include Up and Down Stairs: The History of the English Country House Servant (2009), English Country House Interiors (2011), Robert Adam: Country House Design, Decoration & the Art of Elegance (2017), The Country House: Past, Present, Future: Great Houses of the British Isles (2018), and Romantics and Classics: Style in the English Country House (Rizzoli, 2021).