The Rothschild Foundation is sad to announce the death of its Chairman, Lord Rothschild, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cultural leader, who made a profound difference to many areas of British life.

He led, amongst other institutions, the National Gallery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the family’s flagship, Waddesdon Manor. He supported many causes, some close to his home in Buckinghamshire, others as far afield as Israel, Albania, Greece and the United States. He was committed to helping communities, the environment, education and above all, the arts. His exemplary service to his country was recognised on several occasions, with a GBE, a CVO and as a member of the Order of Merit.

Jacob Rothschild was an extraordinary person, and his loss will be felt by many. The family is committed to continuing his legacy and the foundation which he loved and endowed. His daughter Hannah assumes the role of Chair of the Rothschild Foundation.

We will all be inspired by his vision, ambition, and his commitment to excellence.

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Sophie Hedley, new Marketing and Communications Director

I am delighted to have joined the Rothschild Foundation as the new Marketing and Communications Director. This is an exciting time to be joining the business with so much going on and I relish the opportunity to embrace all the new initiatives and plans at Waddesdon including the launch of the Wedding Cake and the Catherine Goodman exhibition as immediate highlights. I hope that my experience from the fashion, retail and destination marketing world will help to drive greater awareness to Waddesdon and all the wonders therein.