About us

The Foundation

Chillon Castle Foundation is a private entity founded in 2002 to oversee the operations and conservation, and hence restoration work, of this historical monument that is the property of the Canton of Vaud (cf. decree issued on 30 June 2010).

Chillon Castle is a jewel of global and Swiss architectural heritage. The building, which is internationally renowned and holds significant patrimonial and cultural value, doubles as a highly popular tourist attraction.

All operations, events and services carried out and implemented in or around the monument are aligned with this identity. Said operations contribute to preserving and showcasing the site in its entirety while also generating the necessary financial resources to meet the Foundation’s objectives.

Chillon Castle inspires, entertains and piques people’s curiosity, while fulfilling its role as an historic monument built to stand the test of time. Its core values are:

Tradition, Prestige, Quality

See previous annual reports: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009.

Foundation Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees works in close collaboration with the castle management team as well as the Technical Commission. It can consist of between seven and thirteen members and is overseen by three to five Chief Officers, including the President and the Treasurer.

Claude Ruey

Former Swiss National Councillor and former State Councillor for Nyon President

Anne-Catherine Lyon

Former State Councillor for Belmont-sur-Lausanne Vice President

Laurent Wehrli

Mayor of Montreux and Swiss National Councillor for Glion Treasurer

Danielle Chaperon

Professor of Literature, specialist in Dramaturgy and History of Theatre, Lausanne

Christine Chevalley

Mayor and member of Swiss Parliament for Veytaux

Patricia Dominique Lachat

Regional Prefect for Aigle

Sandra Laydu Molinari

Notary, Montreux

Didier Müller

Regional SME client manager at BCV, Vevey

François Cardinaux

President of the Circle of Friends of Chillon, Vevey

Nicole Minder

Former head of the Department of Cultural Affairs for the Canton of Vaud (SERAC), Lausanne

Corinne Ingold

Mayor of Villeneuve

Marie Gétaz

Architect at EPFL ESAA SIA, Vevey

Vincent Grandjean

Chancellor for the Canton of Vaud

The Team

In peak season, Chillon Castle Foundation employs around 75 people (equivalent to 32 full-time positions) in the following roles: security and maintenance officers, reception and sales staff (bookings, ticket office and shops), guides, cultural mediation officers, museographers, and administrative (secretarial, marketing and communications, HR) and accounting staff.

The Chillon team is made up of 16 nationalities.

General management of Chillon Castle Foundation is overseen by the castle director. With the support of four subordinates, she manages castle operations and preservation of the site, and is also responsible for developing, devising and implementing strategy.

Marta Sofia dos Santos

Director

Maud Jenni-Hédiguer

Heritage Conservation and Cultural Programming Manager

Aline Méan

Marketing, Communications and Sales Manager

Sophie Menghini

Operations Manager

Eva Pulfer

Finance, HR and Administration Manager

Christiane Delessert

Assistant Museum Shop and Bazaar Manager

Noémie Enz

Visitor Services and Cultural Mediation Manager

Natsuka Huber

Museum Shop and Bazaar Manager

Lise Leyvraz-Dorier

Communications and Media Relations Manager

Joseph Megaro

Assistant Surveillance, Security and Maintenance Manager

Evelyne Perrin

Executive Assistant and Administration Manager

Jean-Marc Schopfer

Surveillance, Security and Maintenance Manager

Kit Strobl

Ticket Office Manager

AND THE OTHER TEAMS

Admin

Upkeep

Guides

Sales

Technical Commission

The Technical Commission is made up of five members and is presided over by a representative from the Buildings Department for the Canton of Vaud. The Commission is tasked with preserving the castle. The castle director and the architect appointed by the Board attend Commission meetings.

Bernard Verdon

Project manager for the Canton of Vaud Directorate-General for Buildings and Built Heritage (DGIP) (SIPAL) President

Maurice Lovisa

Cantonal Monument and Site Heritage Preservation Manager, DINF (SIPAL)

Danielle Chaperon

Professor of Literature, specialist in Dramaturgy and History of Theatre

Nicolas Delachaux

Architect at Boujol & Delachaux S.A.

Bernard Zumthor

Architect and federal expert

Antoine Graf

Architect at Graf & Rouault Architectes Head architect to Chillon Castle Foundation

Partners

Sponsors

Lighting partner

Media partners

Tourism, cultural and other partners

Associations

Online ticket office