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Our Team

The CICERONI Team at our Aynho office includes Emma Hughes who supervises our bookings; Chloe Pepper who is responsible for tour operations and marketing; and Stephen Brook who is responsible for finance and administration. James Hill is our resident Tour Manager in Italy with responsibility also for the Balkans and North America. Tom Duncan, CICERONI’s founder, leads tours regularly and continues to develop new tours so that our clients are not without fresh and exciting places to visit each year. Finally, and not least, our programme of visits and study days is led and supported by a wonderful team of lecturers and tour managers. A selection of ‘Team CICERONI’ biographies can be explored below.

Lecturers

Jimi Blake

Jimi Blake trained at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. In recent years he has created his own remarkable garden, “Hunting Brook”, in Co Wicklow.

Juliet Barclay

Juliet Barclay studied at the Central School of Art & Design. She has published numerous books and articles on Caribbean architecture and culture.

Helen Dillon

Helen Dillon 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.

Tom Duncan

Tom Duncan founded CICERONI Travel in 1999. Its program of tours and study days reflect his interests in art history, archaeology, music and horticulture.

Charles Freeman

Charles Freeman is a freelance academic historian, author of many books on Mediterranean culture and Historical Consultant to the Blue Guides.

Deborah Gage

Deborah Gage is an art historian and dealer based in London's Bond Street. She is also curator of the collection at Firle Place, Sussex.

James Hill

James Hill is our Italian, US and Caribbean tours director. British born, he has been resident in Italy for 25 years and is an authority on its culture.

Peter Hill

Peter Hill is a pianist, writer and broadcaster. He has a discography that ranges from Bach to the present day and gives lectures, masterclasses and recitals around the world.

Caroline Holmes

Caroline Holmes is a garden historian, award-winning writer and design consultant. She lectures for Cambridge University ICE, NADFAS, the RHS, RA and many museums.

James Howard

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 Exchange.

Rachel Lamb

Rachel Lamb trained in horticulture and garden design and is a highly experienced gardener within the Mediterranean. In Sicily since 2002 she has developed the San Giuliano gardens near Syracuse.

Mauricio Macarron

Mauricio Macarrón is a graduate in history from the Complutense University in Madrid. He has been
leading cultural tours in and around Madrid since 1989.

Glorianne Mizzi

Glorianne is a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Malta. She also lectures on European Studies at the Institute of Tourism Studies, and an active tour guide.

Paula Nuttall

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.

John Osborne

John Osborne taught Classics at Marlborough College. He also worked for the British Council in Iran and Turkey. He has a special enthusiasm for Bulgaria - its history, culture and people.

Gavin Plumley

Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster specialising in the art and culture of Central Europe, particularly during the final years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Sylvia Richards

Sylvia Richards trained as an artist in England and has lived on Lake Maggiore for many years, a marvelous base for someone deeply interested in all matters horticultural!

Rosalind Savill

Rosalind Savill, Director of the Wallace Collection, London, 1992-2011, specialises in 18th century French decorative arts, especially Sèvres porcelain.

Ingrid Sawerthal

Viennese by birth, Ingrid Sawerthal completed her studies at the University of Vienna School for Interpreters and has a minor in art history. Since 1997 she has been working as licensed guide in Austria.

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews and was Director of the British School at Rome from 2009 to 2017.

Peteris Stumburs

Peteris Stumburs is a guide and interpreter based in Riga Latvia. When time allows his other great passion is organic farming.

Tour Managers

The CICERONI Team