FPS Council

Officers and Council of the Society

  • President: Dame Rosalind Savill DBE, FBA, FSA
  • Chairman: Oliver Fairclough FSA
  • Founder: Lady Davson
  • Secretary: Rebecca Klarner
  • Treasurer: Sophie von der Goltz
  • Membership: Oliver Fairclough
  • Journal Editors: Diana Davis, Oliver Fairclough and John Whitehead FSA
  • North American Representative: Letitia Roberts
  • French Representative: Cyrille Froissart
  • Australian Representative: Peter Burton
  • Events: Nette Megens & Patricia Ferguson
  • Ordinary Member: Helen Jacobsen
  • Ordinary Member: Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth
  • Ordinary Member: Mia Jackson
  • Ordinary Member: Elisa P. Sani


Dame Rosalind Savill DBE, FBA, FSA, former Director of the Wallace Collection, London, was a Museum Assistant in the Ceramics Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1973, moving to the Wallace Collection in 1974, where she became Director in 1992 and retired in 2011.

She is a specialist in French eighteenth-century decorative arts, especially Sèvres porcelain; her major publication is The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain (3 vols, 1988) which won the National Art Collection Fund prize for Scholarship in 1990. She has Visiting professorships at the University of Buckingham and the University of the Arts, London.

She won the European Woman of Achievement Award (Arts and Media, 2005), was a Member of the Conseil d’Administration at Sèvres Cité de la Céramique (2010-12), and her current Trusteeships include the Royal Collection Trust and the Samuel Courtauld Trust; she is also a Syndic of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and on the Academic Committee of the Rothschild Foundation at Waddesdon Manor.


Oliver Fairclough is Honorary Research Fellow at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Cardiff, where he worked from 1986, initially as Assistant Keeper for ceramics, silver and craft, and then as Keeper of Art 1998-2015. In Cardiff he developed the museum’s collection of Sèvres, and researched the de Winton collection of eighteenth-century European porcelain. He previously held museum posts in Liverpool and Birmingham.

He lives in the Brecon Beacons and among other interests writes on British and European ceramics and silver. Oliver has been a member of the French Porcelain Society since 1987 and was previously Journal Editor. He has been FPS Chairman since June 2015.