Her Majesty the Queen has appointed Dr Jo Twist OBE 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 and Gardens in Northern Ireland. Her appointment takes effect from November 2019 and will be for an initial three-year term.
Jo brings a wealth of experience in games and interactive entertainment to HRP. She is CEO of Ukie, the trade body which aims to make the UK the best place in the world to make, sell and play games. She is also Deputy Chair of the British Screen Advisory Council, London Tech Ambassador, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee and BAFTA Trustee, an Ambassador on the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, and Creative Industries Council member.
In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to the creative industries and won the MCV 30 Women in Games award for Outstanding Contribution. She won MCV Industry Hero in 2019 and Devcom Hero for Leadership in the European games industry in 2019. She is a VP for games and accessibility charity, SpecialEffect and the government’s Sector Champion for Disabilities.
Jo has a background in broadcast and was Channel 4 Education Commissioning Editor where she commissioned Digital Emmy-winning online project Battlefront II, free to play browser and iOS games and social media projects. Jo was Multiplatform Commissioner for BBC Entertainment & Switch, BBC Three Multiplatform Channel Editor, and technology reporter for BBC News. In 2018 Jo was awarded an Honorary Visiting Professorship by Ravensbourne University.
Jo joins the Board of Trustees at a busy time for Historic Royal Palaces. In Northern Ireland, the charity has just completed a major project to transform Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, opening them up to the widest possible audience. Next year will see the charity celebrate the 500th anniversary of the ‘Field of Cloth of Gold’ – the infamous meeting between King Henry VIII and his French counterpart – at Hampton Court Palace. A spectacular restaging of the event in May will be accompanied by a dazzling exhibition of Tudor Treasures: ‘Gold and Glory: Henry VIII and the French King’.
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Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle and Gardens under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk