Loyd Grossman is an entrepreneur, author and broadcaster, well-known for presenting TV programmes including MasterChef, Through the Keyhole and Behind the Headlines. He has a lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage, receiving a PhD from the University of Cambridge and serving on the board of a number of cultural institutions including English Heritage, the British School at Rome and the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. He is Chairman of The Royal Parks, President of The Arts Society and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In June 2015 he was appointed CBE in recognition of his services to heritage.

Loyd is the author of the major study Benjamin West and the Struggle to be Modern (Merrell Publishers, 2015). His most recent book An Elephant in Rome: Bernini, the Pope and the Making of the Eternal City is published by Pallas Athene.