The Bishop’s Palace Appoints New Chief Executive to Lead the Way in Sharing Heritage and Inspiring Change


The Palace Trust, the charity which manages The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells, has announced the appointment of Merryn Kidd as its new Chief Executive Officer.  

Merryn Kidd, an accomplished business strategist, project manager and chartered marketer, who has worked for the Trust in roles such as Chief Operating Officer, Director of Transformation, and Marketing and Communications Manager, brings her unique blend of knowledge, skills and leadership to this key position.   

With a passion for sharing the stories of this heritage attraction, along with a desire to see more community engagement, and a significant reduction in the carbon footprint of the site, she will play a pivotal role in advancing the charity’s mission “to conserve and share the Palace and its story as a place of enjoyment and reflection for the benefit of all”. 

“We are thrilled to appoint Merryn to lead The Palace Trust through an exciting period of transformation,” says Roger Hawes, Chair of The Palace Trust. “With her huge passion, extensive experience and dedication to the organisation, we are confident in her ability to achieve real change and guide the future strategy of the Trust to ensure that this important site remains a vibrant and integral part of our community.” 

Merryn shared her thoughts on the role: “I am deeply honoured to be given this opportunity to lead such an incredible team in this wonderful place.  For many people, visitors and locals alike, The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens holds a very special place in their hearts and memories, and I am committed to ensuring that the site is preserved, and shared, so that it will continue to inspire and touch the lives of many; now and for future generations.” 

Merryn has occupied the role of Interim Chief Executive since March 2023, and in that time has overseen projects such as the opening of the Community Access for All entry gate, the launch of the Apple Store refreshments kiosk, new solar panels on the Café, the creation of new office space in the historic Gatehouse, the launch of a take away Horsebox in the Free Area, and the opening of a new Visitor Reception and Shop. 

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