Professor Sir David Cannadine and Jane Kennedy appointed as Trustees of Historic Royal Palaces

Professor Sir David Cannadine and Jane Kennedy appointed as Trustees of Historic Royal Palaces

25 March 2015

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Professor Sir David Cannadine and Jane Kennedy as Trustees of Historic Royal Palaces. Their appointments will take effect from 19th May 2015 and will be for an initial three year term.

Professor Sir David Cannadine is a distinguished academic with an international reputation, having written pioneering and influential works of history on many subjects including on the British monarchy. Sir David has also served as a Commissioner of English Heritage, a member of the Eastern Regional Committee of the National Trust, a member of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, and also is the Vice-Chairman of the Westminster Abbey Fabric Commission. He is also a former chair of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery.


Jane Kennedy is an architect with 35 years’ experience in the care and development of historic buildings and has played a key role in securing the future of some of the finest historic buildings in the country. Jane has been Surveyor to the Fabric of Ely Cathedral since 1994, and has overseen a period of major restoration within the Cathedral and its precincts. Jane has also served as a Commissioner for English Heritage and is a Trustee of the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust and a member of the Canal and River Trust’s Heritage Advisory Committee.

They take up their appointments in an especially busy year for Historic Royal Palaces. Hampton Court, renowned as Henry VIII’s pleasure palace, celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2015.  A series of spectacular celebrations will mark the occasion. Work will also continue to open up Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland to the widest possible audience. Historic Royal Palaces will be taking the palaces ‘on the road’ for the very first time, with ‘Tudors on Tour’, a major family festival taking place at Tatton Park in Cheshire over the May Bank Holiday weekend (2–4 May). Meanwhile, major conservation projects are getting underway at the Tower of London and the Banqueting House in Whitehall.

Charles Mackay, Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces said: “I am delighted that two such excellent appointments have been made to our Board which is now once again fully up to strength. I know that both David and Jane will make a major contribution to Historic Royal Palaces in the years ahead.”

Rupert Gavin, Chairman from 5th May said: “‘David and Jane add great expertise and considerable reputation in their respective fields, to a Board that is already full of exceptional breadth, capability and diversity. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be assuming the Chair, at a time when the organisation is performing at the top of its game, and has such a strong Board able to help guide Historic Royal Palaces in the next stage of its exciting future.”

Notes for 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 £80m, welcomes over 4 million visitors to its sites every year, employs over 800 people, is supported by 200 volunteers and has over 80,000 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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