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Culture Secretary Appoints New Historic Royal Palaces Trustee

Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, has appointed Carole Souter CBE as a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, for three years, from 1 May 2016.


Carole Souter joined the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as Chief Executive in April 2003, from English Heritage, where she was Director of Planning and Development. She steps down as Chief Executive of HLF 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 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.

The role is unpaid. The appointment has been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice. It is a requirement of the Code that political activity by those appointed is declared. Carole Souter holds no other public appointments and has declared no political activity in the United Kingdom in the past 5 years.

Published 15 March 2016