New Chief Executive Announced at The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens


The next Chief Executive of The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens has been announced; Jan Wallwork Clarke joined the team in Wells in January 2022.

Most recently acting as Business Advisor in the Heritage and Conservation sector with both private clients and charitable trusts across the UK including Lytham Hall Trust & Cliveden Conservation, Jan’s career has almost exclusively been within the historic environment.  Previous roles have included work within the South West for the National Trust at Godolphin House, as CEO of the Trevithick Trust and as a Board member of the Cornwall Building Preservation Trust.

Jan has a sustained interest in working with a diverse range of staff, volunteers and external advisors and professionals and much of her experience has been gathered from many fields relating to the conservation and interpretation of built, cultural and horticultural landscapes.

She says: “My delight in joining the team at The Bishop’s Palace is profound.  The first of many visits this year, back in the summer was memorable because I was not only enchanted by the historic buildings, the gardens, the staff and volunteers I encountered; but also the potential of the Palace – the chance to join at a pivotal moment in its long history – the prospect of creating new ways of strengthening our engagement with our community”.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and is often out walking with her family, her camera and her deerhound lurcher.

Also from January 2022, Merryn Kidd took up her new role at The Bishop’s Palace as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Transformation and Development.

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