The team

  • Thierry Lentz


    Thierry Lentz holds degrees in Law and in Politics and has been the director of the Fondation Napoleon since 2000, after twelve years in the private sector working as Director of External Relations in a large French company. He is also an associated professor at the Institut Catholique d’Études supérieures de La Roche-sur-Yon.

  • Pierre Branda

    Head of Service

    After a career in business, Pierre Branda joined the Fondation Napoléon in October 2009 as head of the heritage department in charge of finance and the collection of objects belonging to this institution. Since 2005, he has published some fifteen books on the Napoleonic period (several of which have won awards), focusing in particular on the financial aspects of the Consulate and the First Empire. He has also studied a little-known institution, the "Maison de l'Empereur" [The Imperial Household], essential to the image of "Napoleon as Emperor, as well as the Emperor's period on the island of Elba. He also edited volume 13 of the "Correspondance générale de Napoléon Bonaparte" devoted to the first six months of 1813. After a biography of Josephine and a study of the Bonaparte clan, he published "Napoléon à Sainte-Hélène" [Napoleon on St Helena] in 2021. In the same year, that of the bicentenary of the Emperor's death, he curated two exhibitions: "Napoléon n'est plus" [Napoleon is no more] at the Musée de l'Armée in Paris and "Joséphine - Napoléon: une histoire (extra)ordinaire" for the Chaumet Jewellery house in Paris.

Administration générale

  • Alexandra Mongin

    Déléguée à l'administration générale

    Since 2005, Alexandra Mongin has been running the administrative side of the Fondation Napoleon’s various activities (board meetings, lectures...). She is in charge of the events the Fondation organises (seminars, lectures, History prize-giving ceremonies...).

  • Gwenaëlle Houée


    In addition to welcoming visitors to the Fondation Napoléon, Gwenaëlle Houée is in charge of managing the series of talks, liasing with both speakers and with the public, as well as overseeing the secretarial work.

Documentation and Digital Communication

  • Irène Delage

    Head of Service

    Irène Delage studied History and Information and Documentation Sciences. She has set up and still directs most of the services the Fondation Napoleon runs for the public, such as the website, the Weekly Newsletter, and Napoleonica.La Revue.

  • Peter Hicks

    Manager of International Affairs

    Peter Hicks has a PhD from St John’s College, Cambridge (UK), but is also a musician and prizewinning choir master. He is principally in charge of relations with universities, museums and overseas associations. Peter is the editor of the English-language version of, editorial secretary and on the editorial board of Napoleonica.La Revue.

  • Marie de Bruchard

    Web Editor

    Marie de Bruchard holds a degree in Ancient History (specialising in Greek epigraphy) and a Masters Degree in Modern Literature Applied to Editorial Techniques. She works on the French-language part of the website, the Newsletter, and social networks.

  • Valérie Durand

    Social networks manager

    Valérie Durand has a degree in Modern Literature specialising in Media. She has been managing and running the Fondation Napoléon's Facebook pages in French and English since November 2018 and now also pilots the Fondation's Twitter and Instagram accounts.

  • François Houdecek

    Manager in charge of Special Projects

    François Houdecek has a Masters in History and a BA in Archaeology. He is a specialist in military history, and is responsible for special projects at the Fondation Napoléon, after having been project manager for the edition of Napoleon Bonaparte’s General Correspondance until 2018.

  • Rebecca Young

    Web Editor

    With a BA in History of Art from the University of London, and a Fine Arts degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Rebecca Young, who is also an artist, works on the English-language version of the website, the English-language Newsletter. She also produces content for the Fondation's social networks, in particular photography and video.


  • Elodie Lefort

    Head of Collections

    Elodie Lefort holds degrees in History, History of Art and Architectural and Artistic Heritage Management. Since 2014, she has been managing our collections, overseeing the inventory and checking, organising and overseeing restoration and photography projects, as well as managing exhibitions organisation.

  • Chantal Prévot


    With a degree in Public Libraries and in Documentation, as well as a Masters in Archeology and a BA in History, Chantel Prévot manages the Fondation’s physical and digital libraries.

Saint Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd

  • Éric Barthe

    Development Manager

    Since June 2019, Éric Barthe has been working to develop and seek sponsorship for the Fondation Napoléon's operations for the Saint Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd, a non-profit company that manages the French Domains of St Helena.