Meet The Bishop’s Palace Team


Rear Admiral David Wood CB FRAeS
Chair of Trustees

Rear Admiral David Wood CB FRAeS David Wood served as an engineer officer in the Royal Navy for 38 years, specialising in the support and purchase of militar...

Peter Stickland
Vice Chair of Trustees

Peter Stickland was appointed as trustee in 2010 to lead the implementation of the £4.1 million Development Project that transformed The Bishop’s Palace into...

Michael Blandford MBE
Trustee

Michael Blandford had a long career in export and marketing with Unilever, involving considerable travel all around the world.

Prebendary Maureen Bollard
Trustee

Maureen Bollard’s career was in education.  She held responsibilities in four different schools, before moving into teacher training and then working for HMI.

Maureen Boylan MBE FRSA
Trustee

Maureen Boylan is recently retired as University Secretary for the University of London, after a long career as a senior manager in higher education, special...

Dr Kevin Brown FSA
Trustee

Kevin Brown is a researcher, who studied archaeology at Durham and Oxford Universities and held a Leverhulme Scholarship at Stockholm University whilst doing...

The Very Revd Dr John Davies DL
Trustee

John Davies was appointed Dean of Wells Cathedral in 2016 having previously served as Dean of Derby since 2010.

Lady Elizabeth Gass, DCVO, JP
Trustee

 Lady Gass was Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset from 1998 to 2015.

Ruth Gofton
Trustee

Ruth Gofton

Rt Revd Peter Hancock Bishop of Bath and Wells
Trustee

The Rt Revd Peter Hancock lives in The Bishop’s Palace as his predecessors have done for the last 800 years.

Nicola Nuttall
Trustee`

Nicola is CEO of the South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries and Business Development Lead for Heritage MK, and Founder and Director of Tempus ...

Brian Roberts-Wray
Trustee

Brian Roberts-Wray worked for Unilever for 25 years – principally in marketing and the overseas side of the business. Then, following 5 years with J. Walter ...

Matt Trimmer
Trustee

Matt joined the Palace as a Trustee in July 2017

Rosie Martin
Chief Executive

Rosie came to The Bishop’s Palace in 2013 after a 20 year career in international development and social justice. As Chief Executive, she leads the work of ...

Jonathan Sawyer
Visitor Experience Manager

Jonathan joined The Bishop’s Palace in April 2014 after relocating from London. He arrived at the Palace with 10 years’ experience working in the heritage an...

George Le Roy
Operations Manager

George Le Roy is Operations Manager and has the pleasure of living on site in the Gatehouse.  He and his wife are often to be seen throwing food out of the w...

Merryn Kidd
Marketing & Communications Manager

Merryn joined The Palace Trust as Marketing & Communications Manager in July 2014, having moved to Wells from London.  Merryn spent 13 years working in t...

James Cross
Head Gardener

James Cross has been Head Gardener at the Bishop’s Palace since 2004.  Before this, James worked for the National Trust at The Courts in Wiltshire, Sissinghu...

Kelly Emery
Functions Manager

Allen Stockel
Operations Assistant

Moira Anderson
Administrator and Membership Co-ordinator

Moira joined the office team in 2011 as the Administrator and looks after the day to day running of the office, group bookings and is also responsible for th...

Siobhan Goodwin
Volunteer Co-Ordinator