Trustees and Directors

The governance of Historic Royal Palaces

Governance

Historic Royal Palaces is governed by a Board of Trustees, all of whom are non-executive.

Our Trustees promote Historic Royal Palaces’ Cause in the world. They act in the organisation's best interests, ensuring high standards in all the work we do, and that we use our money and resources as effectively as possible.

The Chief Executive is accountable to the Board of Trustees. He chairs an Executive Board of eight Directors.

The Board

The Board of Trustees consists of a Chairman and 11 Trustees. The appointments are unpaid and Trustees are carefully selected for ability to support Historic Royal Palaces’ work.

Appointments by The Queen

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

Four Trustees are appointed by The Queen, of which three are 'ex officio' appointments:

  • Director, Royal Collection Trust
  • The Keeper of the Privy Purse
  • The Lord Chamberlain

The Lord Chamberlain may choose to relinquish his appointment, in which case The Queen may appoint someone to take his place.

Appointments by the Secretary of State

The remaining seven Trustees are appointed by the Secretary of State, of which two are 'ex officio' appointments:

  • The Constable of the Tower of London
  • The Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces' Campaign Board.

 

The Executive Board

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.

Directors

Read our Directors' biographies