Trustees

The Bishop’s Palace Trustees

Rear Admiral David Wood CB FRAeS
Chair of Trustees

David Wood served as an engineer officer in the Royal Navy for 38 years, specialising in the support and purchase of military aircraft, retiring with the rank of Rear Admiral.

In retirement David has become involved in a wide spectrum of voluntary activities including the support of his local church, and singing tenor with a range of choirs and groups.

David became a trustee of The Palace Trust in 2010 and Chairman of the Trust in 2013 on the retirement of Bishop Peter Price. He is a keen walker and runner.

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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, specialising in whole-institution change, strategic planning and governance.

For Maureen, “Retirement” takes the form of continuing to manage projects for the University, ranging from developing a new Act of Parliament, commissioning commemorative public artwork, supporting the closure of a small College and preparing the ground for an oral history of the University.

Originally a historian, with degrees from the Universities of East Anglia and Birmingham, Maureen was awarded an MBE for services to higher education in 2015.  She is still an interested local historian, walker and singer.

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Lady Elizabeth Gass, DCVO, JP
Trustee

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

She is a member of the Acland-Hood family who have lived in Somerset for many generations.

She has a degree from Girton College Cambridge.

She was a Somerset County Councillor from 1985 to 1997 and Chair of the Exmoor National Park Committee from 1989 to 1993 and Vice-Chair of the Social Services Committee.

She was a Commissioner for English Heritage from 1995-2001.

She was involved in the appeal for the Cathedral West Front. She has been a Trustee of the Girls Chorister Trust from its foundation.

She is at present a Trustee of the Wells Cathedral Preservation Trust.

She is a member of the Cathedral Council.

Lady Gass was appointed Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2014 New Year Honours List.

Lady Elizabeth Gass became a trustee of The Palace Trust in 2015.

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Nick Denison
Trustee

Nick Denison is a former Mayor of Wells and District Councillor.

Nick was Diocesan Secretary of Bath and Wells until his retirement in 2014, having previously served in the dioceses of Bradford and Chelmsford.

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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 a leading heritage site and visitor attraction in the region.

Peter had recently taken early retirement from a major multinational company, Corus Group, and this became one of his retirement projects. He is now vice chair of The Palace Trust and a director of its trading subsidiary.

Peter worked in international consulting for the mining and metals industry, specialising in business planning, then set up a new manufacturing business in different countries, as well as dealing with several difficult management problems.

Peter and his wife Carol live in West Gloucestershire.

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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 Thompson as a Vice President – International, he joined the voluntary sector as Director of Fundraising for Marie Curie, where he remained until retirement in 1995.

Brian is a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising.  In retirement, he undertook freelance voluntary sector consultancy for eight years. Since then, Brian has been involved with several voluntary organisations in Somerset, including being a Guide at The Bishop’s Palace since 2013.

He became a trustee of The Palace Trust in 2017.

He has six locally resident grandchildren, enjoys leading two local birdwatching groups and is learning to play the Clarinet.

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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 The Palace Trust, managing the Palace as a heritage site and visitor attraction. Rosie is responsible for setting the long term direction of the charity so that increasing numbers of people can enjoy and continue to benefit from this unique and magical site.

If she’s not at her desk you might find her out by the well pools chatting to visitors or enjoying the delights of The Bishop’s Table!

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Julie Wills
Trustee

Julie Wills has spent her career in Financial Services and is a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

Having owned and run businesses is Wells she has good local knowledge and was a founding member of the Wells Dementia Action Alliance. Having recently retired Julie became a trustee of The Palace Trust in 2020.

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Micheal Blandford MBE
Trustee

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

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

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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.

John holds an M Phil in Contemporary Theology from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and completed his Ordination Training at Westcott House, Cambridge.

John gained his PhD from Lancaster University in History and Theology in 1998.

As Dean of the Cathedral, John chairs the Cathedral Chapter and Management Committee, two bodies which give direction and manage the Cathedral.   He is responsible for capturing and embodying a vision for the Cathedral, something which he finds both demanding and immensely fulfilling.  John is a member of the Bishop’s senior leadership team and became a trustee of The Palace Trust in 2017.

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Michael Minta
Trustee

Michael Minta has been the Head of Bishoprics and Cathedrals for The Church Commissioners since February 2019.

Michael was previously at the Diocese of Chelmsford for six and a half years as Director of Development and Property. Michael joined the Trustees of The Palace in February 2021.

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