Trustees and Directors

Trustees and Directors

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Historic Royal Palaces is governed by a Board of Trustees.

The Board consists of a Chairman and 11 Trustees, chosen for their skills and experience. All are non-executive and unpaid.

Our structure

The Chairman is appointed by The Queen on the advice of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Four Trustees are appointed by The Queen and three are ex officio appointments: The Director of the Royal Collection; The Keeper of the Privy Purse; and The Lord Chamberlain. The Lord Chamberlain may choose to relinquish his appointment in which case, the Queen may also appoint someone to take his place.

The remaining seven are appointed by the Secretary of State. Two are ex officio appointments; The Constable of the Tower of London and The Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces' Campaign Board.

The appointments are part-time and unpaid. Trustees who are not 'ex officio' are appointed for three years. Trustees are carefully selected for their skills and experience to support Historic Royal Palaces’ work.

The Chief Executive, Michael Day, is accountable to the Board of Trustees for the performance of Historic Royal Palaces and ultimately to Parliament for the public assets in our care. He chairs an Executive Board of eight directors.


Board of Trustees and Executive Board

Current trustees

  • Rupert Gavin (Chairman)
  • Zeinab Badawi
  • Professor Sir David Cannadine
  • Bruce Carnegie-Brown
  • Liz Cleaver
  • General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL (Constable of HM Tower of London)
  • Val Gooding CBE
  • Jane Kennedy
  • Jonathan Marsden CVO FSA
  • Carole Souter
  • Mike Stevens CVO
  • M Louise Wilson

Read our Trustees Biographies

Current executive board

For more information
Email: Trust and Company Secretary