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

The DCMS are currently seeking to appoint a Trustee with a record of achievement in Heritage or Culture Management to our Board with effect from 1st April 2016. The Closing date for applications is 3rd December 2015.

Further details can be found  on the public appointments website : or apply through the following website:

Current trustees

  • Rupert Gavin (Chairman)
  • Dawn Austwick OBE
  • 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
  • Sir Trevor McDonald OBE
  • Mike Stevens CVO
  • M Louise Wilson

Read our Trustees Biographies

Current executive board

For more information
Email: Trust and Company Secretary