Carole Souter CBE appointed as Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces

Carole Souter CBE appointed as Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces

Carole Souter

15 March 2016

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Carole Souter CBE as a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity responsible for the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, Banqueting House and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. Her appointment will take effect from 1 May 2016 and will be for an initial three year term.

Carole Souter has been Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund since 2003 and will be stepping down at the end of April 2016. Carole has over 30 years’ experience of policy development and operational management in the public sector. She has worked on health and social security policy, the development of legislation, and cross-departmental planning and has managed teams of several thousand staff as a Benefits Agency Area Director.  She also worked in the Departments of Health, Social Security and the Cabinet Office, before moving out of the civil service. Carole has degrees in Politics and Philosophy and Victorian Studies. She currently sits on the Boards of Creativity, Culture and Education, the Kent Wildlife Trust and the National Communities Resource Centre.  She was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2014. 

Carole takes up her appointment at an exciting time for Historic Royal Palaces. From Easter, the Magic Garden will be unveiled at Hampton Court Palace, a spectacular new adventure play garden inspired by Tudor England and the palace’s fascinating history. The Banqueting House, the only surviving part of Whitehall Palace, reopens on 1 April following extensive conservation work, enabling visitors once again to admire the famous Rubens ceiling, a masterpiece from the golden age of painting. At Kensington Palace, the Fashion Rules Restyled exhibition has just opened, with new displays of dresses worn by Her Majesty The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. Meanwhile, at Hillsborough Castle, a major project to improve the visitor experience and open up the site for the widest possible audience is well underway.

Rupert Gavin, Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces, said: “I am delighted to welcome Carole Souter to the Board of Trustees. Carole brings immense experience, knowledge and expertise to the Board, which will be of great benefit to the charity as it undertakes a number of ambitious projects in the next few years. This is an exciting time for Historic Royal Palaces and I know that Carole will make a significant contribution in her role as Trustee.”

Notes to Editors

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Historic Royal Palaces

Established by Royal Charter in 1998, Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace the Banqueting House, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and Historic Royal Palaces manages them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Historic Royal Palaces raises all its own funds and depends on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers.

Historic Royal Palaces’ Cause is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

The charity has a turnover of around £90m, welcomes over 4 million visitors to its sites every year, employs over 800 people, is supported by 200 regular volunteers and has around 85,000 Members.

Trustees of Historic Royal Palaces give their services on an honorary basis. Expenses incurred by them, in the performance of their duties, are reimbursed.

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