Lecturers and Tour Managers

Tom Duncan

Tom Duncan was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied History of Art, and Classical Archaeology. He then studied in the United States and moved to England in 1984 to complete his PhD. He taught at University level and now lectures widely to heritage and artistic organisations such as The Art Fund and NADFAS. He began to lead tours sixteen years ago and founded CICERONI Travel in 1998.

Charles Freeman

Charles Freeman is an academic historian specialising in the civilization of the ancient world. He has written several books, two of which are particularly important: Egypt, Greece and Rome — Civilisations of the Ancient Mediterranean, Oxford University Press, (2nd Edition, 2004) and The Greek Achievement, Penguin, (1999). Both immediately established themselves as fluent and engaging introductions.

James Hill

James Hill is our Italian Tour Manager. British born, he has been resident in Rome for many years. An authority on travel and culture in Italy, his guided walks of Rome regularly feature in the British press. He is also a travel writer and has worked as a consultant with the BBC and other international broadcasters on some fifty arts and travel television programmes.


Paula Nuttall gained her PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is a specialist in the renaissance, with a particular interest in artistic relations between Flanders and Florence, on which she has published widely. Her book, From Flanders to Florence: The Impact of Netherlandish Painting 1400 — 1500, Yale University Press (2004) has been widely praised as the standard work on its subject. She is Director of the V&A's Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course.


James Howard is a professional actor and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has worked extensively on stage, including the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Manchester Royal Exchange. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company Ensemble from 2009-2011, performing in London, the newly re-modelled RST in Stratford-upon-Avon, Newcastle and as part of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York.


Stephen Brook is a graduate of Nottingham University where he studied Mathematics and Management Studies. He then served as an Army Officer for 21 years undertaking various roles within the Royal Logistic Corps. He is now a co-owner and Director of CICERONI Travel with responsibility for finance and administration. From time to time he also acts as a tour manager.


Geoffrey Nuttall gained his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art and combines art history with a career as an academic publisher. He has published and lectured widely on his specialist area of interest, the Italian city of Lucca and the patronage of its mercantile elite between 1300 and 1500.


David Sketchley was educated at Downside School & brought up in Africa & Latin America. He has lived in Spain, based in Andalucia, for over 20 years. He has an extensive knowledge of both Spain and Portugal and has worked with CICERONI Travel for many years as our local tour manager.


Christopher Smith is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews and Director of the British School at Rome. He studied at Oxford University, and has written extensively on the beginnings of the city of Rome, and on Roman historical writing. He is currently completing a book on the Etruscans for the Very Short Introductions series.

Helen Dillon

Helen Dillion is Scottish by birth and has lived in Ireland for over forty years. She is justly regarded as Ireland’s most exciting and innovative gardener. Awarded the Veitch Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society, she writes a regular column for the Society’s magazine, The Garden. The author of several amusing and influential gardening books, she is in wide demand as a lecturer throughout the world.


Susie Hunt worked as a journalist for the BBC and ITV for 15 years, and has spent the last 10 years working in tourism and horticulture. She is currently studying for a Diploma in Garden Design. Susie is married to our Shakespeare tour director James Howard, and has spent much of her married life watching Shakespeare. Susie was part of the management team for the first 'Discover Shakespeare's Way' tour in May 2014.

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