HRP announces new Chairman of Campaign Board

HRP announces new Chairman of Campaign Board

A montage of our 5 palaces

20 Nov 2013

Historic Royal Palaces annouces Bruce Carnegie Brown, as the new Chairman of the Campaign Board.

Bruce Carnegie-Brown has been appointed Chairman of the Campaign Board of Historic Royal Palaces with effect from 1 January 2014.  Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that cares for and conserves the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House at Whitehall, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  Bruce takes over from Ian Barlow who retires after nearly six years of service.

Bruce Carnegie-Brown is Chairman of Aon UK Ltd.  He is also senior independent director at Close Brothers Group plc and at Catlin Group Ltd; and a non-executive director at Group plc and Santander UK plc.  He is a Trustee of the Shakespeare’s Globe Trust and has been a member of the Campaign Board of Historic Royal Palaces since 2007.

The Campaign Board is responsible for leading Historic Royal Palaces’ fundraising efforts, in partnership with the Executive Team and Trustees.  The first major campaign was completed in 2012 and a new programme designed to raise £30m by 2018 was recently launched.  The Campaign will provide the organisation with a firm foundation upon which to plan for the future as well as enable a number of major projects including: the re-presentation of the Baroque Palace at Hampton Court; the celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian Accession; the second phase of works at Kensington Palace; a new programme of work in the field of Learning and Engagement, as well as Digital; and a new Magic Garden at Hampton Court.
Charles Mackay, Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces said: 
“Historic Royal Palaces is delighted that Bruce Carnegie-Brown has accepted the position of Chairman of the Campaign Board.  Bruce succeeds Ian Barlow at an important and interesting time for our organisation.  We completed, in 2012, our first major fundraising campaign and this second appeal will truly take us to the next level.  Bruce, having been a close friend of Historic Royal Palaces for some time, has the experience, passion and enthusiasm to make us confident of success.'

Mr Carnegie-Brown will also become a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces from 1 January 2014, succeeding Ian Barlow in that role.

Historic Royal Palaces Campaign Board currently comprises Lucy Asprey, Ian Barlow, Lord Borwick, Jean-Louis Bravard, Bruce Carnegie-Brown, Susan Cook, Patricia Hodge, Glenn Hurstfield, Lady Judge, Carol Leonard, Penelope Lomax, Terry Mansfield, Suzanne Marriott, Sir Trevor McDonald, Luke Meynell, Sir Idris Pearce, Allen Sangines-Krause and Julian Stoneman.

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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, the Banqueting House on Whitehall, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  It has a turnover of £72 million, all self-generated, permanent staff of around 740, and 3.5 million on site visitors each year.  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.
Historic Royal Palaces has delivered major projects for the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics: the redevelopment of Kensington Palace (at £13 million, this has been one of the charity's largest projects to date); the re-presentation of the Crown Jewels and the conservation of the White Tower at the Tower of London as well as the opening of the Royal Georgian Kitchens at Kew.

These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. We believe in four principles. Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world. Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work.
Historic Royal Palaces Trustees are unpaid.   
Registered charity number 1068852.

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